A BioBlitz, also written without capitals bioblitz, is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area . Groups of scientists, naturalists and volunteers conduct an intensive field study over a short, usually 24 hour, period of time. There is also a public component to many BioBlitzes, with the goal of getting the public interested in biodiversity. In order to encourage more public participation, these BioBlitzes are often held in urban parks or nature reserves close to cities.
visual migration of birds
On 27 May 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart purchased a starling. Three years later, he buried it with much ceremony. Heavily veiled mourners marched in a procession, sang hymns, and listened to a graveside recitation of a poem Mozart had composed for the occasion:
Hier ruht ein lieber Narr,
Full article: http://www.starlingtalk.com/mozart1.htm
Audio: “Ein Musikalischer Spass” (K.522 Second Movement: Menuetto) is the first compisition Mozart made after the starlings death. “It is believed to be based on the song of his beloved pet starling.”
Saint John Perse (portait by Gerhard Richter)