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Monday, March 28, 2011

Phoebes and skunk cabbages

The cold weather of course has really slowed everything down, but I did see a phoebe (an early-arriving flycatcher) by Cedar Lake in Chelsea yesterday. I thought about testing what I was taught years ago about skunk cabbages -- that the developing flowers generate their own heat, such that it is significantly warmer inside the plant than in the outer environment. So I grabbed a meat thermometer from the kitchen and . . . well, please e-mail me if you fail the see the fatal flaw.

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