September 18, 2013


WATCH: GoPro Strapped to an Eagle

Avian tour of Chamonix

Little is known about this GoPro video filmed from the back of an eagle, save that it was filmed in the Mer de Glace area of Chamonix and that it is the most uplifting thing this writer has seen today.

No explanation necessary really. An enterprising bird owner simply strapped a camera to an eagle and in doing so allowed us a glimpse into the magic that is the life of a predatory bird.


    Photo: avrene/Flickr

Former Amazon CFO Struck and Killed in Bike Accident

Was hit by minivan

Joy Covey, the former CFO of Amazon and recently the Treasurer at the Natural Resources Defense Council, was struck and killed by a vehicle in San Mateo County on Thursday. She was 50 years old and is survived by an 8-year-old son.

According to preliminary reports, Covey was traveling north on Skyline Boulevard when the 22-year-old driver of a minivan turn left into her path. Covey was moving downhill at the time and collided with the vehicle.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. According to the California Highway Patrol, she was wearing a helmet.


    Photo: Jay Ondreicka

Always, Always Shake Out Your Shoes

Black widows do, indeed, hide there

A story in Tuesday's New York Times about a "professional outdoorsman" who found a black widow spider in his shoe (after he felt it bite him) will ensure that you will never again not shake out your shoes.

I donned the shoes before walking to the edge of the water. Within about a dozen steps, I felt a stinging sensation on the second toe of my left foot, as if there had been a thorn inside the shoe. Then the pain increased to about that of a wasp’s sting. I sat on a rock and removed the shoe. The squashed remains of a spider were smeared across the insole. I realized instantly what must have happened: a black widow from the porch had made its home in my shoe.

Now ease your paranoia by watching this video of a person safely handling a black widow.

All better?