Science birthday

Voilà, a weird illustration I made for the Nordic Society Oikos.

NSO is the ecological society of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The society publishes four international journals, each of which is reaching a decade milestone.

Oikos is 70 years old. The Journal of Avian Biology is about to turn 50. Ecography is 40 years old. The Nordic Journal of Botany is turning 40 as well.

This quite clearly adds up to two centuries of scientific publishing. Happy birthday.

Zee and the Storm-Petrel

Zee will be lying low in the coming months, while I head to New Zealand to sketch seabirds for a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. (See more Adventures of Zee.)

Here's one last sighting of Zee with the long-lost New Zealand Storm-Petrel. This little seabird, thought to be extinct for the entire 20th century, was recently found nesting on an island just 50 miles from New Zealand's biggest city.

The storm-petrel's tenuous recovery depends on ongoing conservation efforts, including constant vigilance to keep invasive cats and rats away from its breeding grounds.

Stay tuned to learn more about this storm-petrel and other seabirds of New Zealand, appropriately known as the "seabird capital of the world" (and as a global leader in saving these very important, very endangered animals!).