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I love the ghostbusters vacpacks! And how you can literally see the character building. I still have friends I met at fall clean-up over 20 years ago.
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Yeah Harvard!!! I can really hear that Harvard accent coming out! Would love to take them on one of my father's prison ministry runs here in Kingston to the General Penitentiary since they have all this great experience!! :-) 
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A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the book launch event! There were three or four times as many people as we expected, and I think it really shows that there are a lot of people on the island interested in the local wildlife. 

At the launch, we also made the electronic version of the guide free online for anyone who wants to download it, so please feel free to do so, and we hope you enjoy it: http://www.sxmwildlife.com/publications/wildlife-of-st-martin-2nd-edition/
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The big, black bumblebee that lives on St. Martin (Xylocopa mordax) nests in wood, chewing a burrow where it raises its larvae. Today I spotted two nests in a ficus tree on the roadside in Cole Bay. Both were in branches that had been heavily trimmed and seemed to be dead, but still attached to the tree. I would guess that the bees prefer dead wood because it is easier to burrow into. 
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Awesome photo Mark!!!
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At the book launch, you can buy a copy of the book for $20. We will also have a buy-one-give-one program. For $30, you get one copy to take home with you and one copy will be donated to a school, library or other institution on your behalf. You can sign a sticker at the event that will be put in your donated book to commemorate your generosity, and if you leave your contact info, we will let you know where your book was donated.
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As a follow-up to the frog eggs, here are some of the actual frogs, an adult and a young froglet. We have three species from the genus Eleutherodactylus on the island, but two of them look very similar, so the only reliable way of telling them apart is by the calls that the males make. Although it was daytime when I found these frogs, a few were calling and did sound like E. martinicensis, known as the Martinique robber frog.
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Awesome photography Mark. Did you take all these photos yourself - including the eggs?
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This white cockroach is not an albino, I just happened to find it shortly after molting. Because insects have a hard exoskeleton on the outside, they need to shed that exoskeleton to grow. The process is called molting, and when they emerge from their old exoskeleton they are soft until the new exoskeleton has time to expand and harden. (They are just like soft-shell crabs, which are soft because they recently molted.) Insects are often lighter in color for a brief period after molting.

Of course, insects are very vulnerable after molting, because their protective exoskeleton is not so protective. In this case, ants were taking advantage of the situation to attack the cockroach.
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If Oleander Aphids could read, they would surely come with their friends and family to the launch of the all-new, second edition of The Incomplete Guide to the Wildlife of Saint Martin. The event is free and open to all and it's happening this evening from 6-8pm at the Jubilee Library in Philipsburg. From 6-7 there will be a short ceremony and wildlife presentation, and from 7-8 there will be refreshments and book signing. We hope to see you there! 

If you want to make any last minute invites, there's a Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/310941832373599/

If you haven't been to the library yet, there is a map on this page: http://www.sxmwildlife.com/book-launch-event-for-the-all-new-second-edition/
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One of the frog eggs was deflated, like a raisin, and I gently rolled it in my palm with a little water and the outer membrane came off, revealing the tiny, newborn froglet. It was hard to get decent photos of it because it was so small, and the wet skin reflects the flash, but here it is.
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Here are a few more photos of Eleutherodactylus eggs. The froglets inside are almost fully developed and ready to hatch.
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Here are a few white-cheeked pintails resting in the shade at mid-day near the Great Salt Pond. On St. Martin, most duck species just spend the winter here, but the white-cheeked pintail is a year-round resident. It's also known as the Bahama pintail, and the summer duck, perhaps because it is still around during the summer when many other ducks have migrated north.
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  • Corvallis High School
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I requested a quote for printing a book and received a response from the owner, Oscar Vidal. I let him know that his quote was significantly higher than others I had received. He responded by implying that other printers offering better pricing would be substandard, and used no punctuation in his email. I let him know that I would be more convinced if he told me what makes Eagle Litho better, rather than scare tactics and would have more trust in a printer that used punctuation. His response, edited for content, was: Go F*** Yourself I dont need your business or your sarcasm I think that pretty much sums things up. I am not moving forward with this company as I select a printer for my book.
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