By - 9/15/06 - 11:14 am

The Globe has the Willard report, in which residents politely decline to take any responsibility for inviting rats with all those nice yummy trash bags in the public alleys.

... "I saw seven rats the size of small children," [City Councilor Michael] Ross said with a tremor of disgust. ...

Amy wonders if any of those mutant rats have invaded her Back Bay building:

By - 9/4/06 - 9:31 pm

Miss Diana writes she is enjoying her new apartment in East Boston, but then reports:

By - 9/1/06 - 3:17 pm

Joe Keohane is a good doobie and wears a serious helmet while biking to work. Naturally, it has air holes. Naturally, a bee found one of the holes and stung him in the head while he was riding down Boylston this morning.

By - 8/29/06 - 9:59 pm

The Urban Pantheist discovers some stinky squid fungus near Ward's Pond:

... Like all stinkhorns, stinky squid is a striking mushroom, as unusual to look at as it is unpleasant to smell. Carrion-eating insects are attracted to the foetid odor produced by the slimy gray-green spore mass. The tentacle-like fronds presumably help increase the available surface area to the flies and beetles that spread the spores. ...

By - 8/28/06 - 12:20 pm

Framingham is apparently experiencing an epidemic of skunks getting their heads stuck in yogurt cups and backyard tubs. Michelle posts highlights from the local police blotter:


OK, so cross animal-control officer off my list of potential jobs.

By - 8/24/06 - 8:36 am

The Urban Pantheist breaks the news (well, news to us, anyway), that the Boston area is home to cucumbertrees:

By - 8/23/06 - 1:18 pm

Jenny discovers it's true: If you have a sleeping bat in your pantry, you really can trap it with some Tupperware for release outside.

By - 8/18/06 - 5:46 pm

Pazzo Books in Roslindale is offering a $5 credit to the first person who brings in a female adult cankerworm.

You may know them better as winter moths - except that it's the males that fly around en masse in winter, since the females are wingless and pretty much sit around waiting to get serviced so that they can then pop out roughly 89 trillion gazillion bazillion eggs, all of which hatch in the spring and then commit suicide in our pool.

By - 8/7/06 - 11:58 am

Be really likes her neighborhood, but says the rat she saw scurrying across a neighbor's yard is the latest proof it's going downhill:

... Living here, though, is getting difficult, as we've become surrounded by condo-dwellers who want nothing to do with their neighbors and slumlords who don't take care of their properties. The rat came from one of the two new crashpads that recently 'sprouted up' a couple doors down. ...

By - 8/6/06 - 10:03 pm

Jo learns that if your kitchen has skylights and you leave them open to cool off the kitchen overnight, a raccoon might just find its way in and drop 18 feet to your kitchen floor:

... A few minutes later while we all debated how the hell we were going to get him out of the kitchen, he/she hopped up on the window ledge and departed with nary a look back. ...

With photo of the intruder.

By - 7/16/06 - 9:44 pm

Janet photographs a turkey vulture by the side of the road:

Saw this turkey vulture in Billerica; he was enjoying some road kill when I first noticed him. ...

By - 7/12/06 - 10:17 pm

At first, I thought the Urban Pantheist was really stretching it in his effort to chronicle 365 wildlife species that can be found in Boston, with a post titled Dog vomit.

Turns out that's the name of a species of slime mold that looks like, well, indeed:

By - 7/8/06 - 6:02 pm

The Urban Pantheist lets some European green crabs climb up his arm at Castle Island:

... The green crab is so well established in New England that its full ecological impact is lost to history. It is thought that this predator of bivalves helped cause the collapse of softshell clam industries in Maine and other places, in the mid 20th century, however. ...

By - 7/8/06 - 10:12 am

Jennifer Forman Orth, an invasive plant ecologist with the UMass-Boston biology department, has a leaf to pick with Mitt Romney and Howie Carr over their snickering about proposed funding for a program to do something about winter moths:

By - 7/5/06 - 9:23 pm

You know how you can tell Mitt Romney no longer spends much time in Massachusetts? He doesn't seem to notice how badly defoliated our trees are.

By - 6/26/06 - 7:28 pm

Spatch reports that birds of the falcony ilk buzzed him last week by Fort Point Channel:

... Two of 'em there were, swooping out over the water. One swooped so close to me that I could hear the fwoosh as it went by. ...

By - 6/20/06 - 10:46 pm
By - 6/10/06 - 12:50 pm

Bruce wonders why a window washer wound up in jail for defending himself against an attacking seagull:

... Oh, sweet smoking Jesus, people! It was a goddamn SEAGULL! What the hell, you slap a pair of wings on a friggin' rat, and suddenly it's an endangered species or something???

What's next, prosecuting the Orkin man? ...