Post Tagged with: "Andrew Sensenig"

Good genes in the family tree

This summer, I move to Califor?nia to work at Fresno Pacific Univer?sity. On my weekends, I am looking forward to visiting some of the oldest organisms in the world, which are several trees found on the mountains and coastal plains of the western U.S. The coast redwood Sequoia sempervirens is an evergreen tree, some of which reach 1,800 years. This […]

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I like my chicken rare, please

Did you know that you can save animals by eating them? This is the slogan of the conservationists working to preserve old breeds of livestock and poultry. During the last century, a few breeds of animals were chosen to be the basis of the animal products supply chain in the USA. Certain breeds were chosen for good reasons, such as […]

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If only sci-fi had more science

I like to watch movies. My wife can attest, to her chagrin, that my quotes are influenced heavily by the movies I have seen. While I have traveled quite a bit, I also have impressions (good and bad) of thousands of places that I have seen only in the movies. Movies have taken me to Mars, Alice Springs, San Francisco, […]

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Does your cat love you?

In Facebook terminology, my relationship with cats is ?complicated.? When I was 11, I was very interested in conserving the Eastern Bluebirds around my home in Pennsylvania. I constructed and set up nest boxes, watched couples arrive in April and check out the boxes, and observed them lay eggs and raise chicks. I became aware that one of my neighbor?s […]

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Fresh mangos in March?

by Andrew Sensenig For a long time, I have recognized the luxury of eating live oranges, bananas, pineapples, mangos, spinach and tomatoes in the middle of winter. I enjoy their diverse flavors thanks to a huge network of ships, trucks, trains and airplanes that deliver them to my table from faraway lands. I happen to know what a mango tree […]

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All eyes on the birds of winter

Those of you spending time outdoors in Marion County have probably noticed the large flocks of geese flying over us, and the large flocks of blackbirds at sunset heading to their roosts. While winter does not boast the highest species diversity of birds in Kansas, it does offer some interesting moments for intrepid or casual birdwatchers. Canada geese and snow […]

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Do you want a revolution?

By Andrew Sensenig My wife has the book ?Animals Makes Us Human? in her collection, so I started reading it last month. Author Temple Grandin is an animal welfare specialist and studies ways to improve livestock facilities to reduce stress on confined animals. Cattle can be calmed by curved chutes with high walls on the way to slaughter. During their […]

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A big fan of the tiny termite

By Andrew T. Sensenig I am often asked, ?What is your favorite insect?? I usually respond with ?termite.? This is not because I work for a building insurance or extermination company, but because the effects of these creatures are marvelous in their own right. Termites have had, and still have, a massive impact on planet Earth. Over vast areas of […]

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Pumpkin race collects food for local ministry

More than 80 people participated Oct. 18 in the sixth annual Great Pumpkin Race sponsored by First Mennonite Church in downtown Hillsboro. Asia Frye, one of the coordinators, said she was pleased with the turnout. ?We had 25 children at this year?s race?some in the 5K, which was up a little, but fairly consistent (from past years),? she said. This […]

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Let?s grind up all the sharks

At a family dinner in Pennsylvania when I was a teenager, my grandma was proclaiming the value of pills made from ground shark cartilage. She claimed it was good for the health of her joints. Someone (probably me) questioned whether it was good to harvest sharks extensively when some of their populations were already so low. My aunt retorted, ?I […]

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