Friday, August 21, 2009

Is Mayor Greg Nikels a threatened pica?

These were the photos accompanying the Seattle Times lead stories this morning:

"Nickels concedes in race for Seattle mayor"

"Feds review mountain-dwelling pica for threatened-species list"

The adorable scree-dwelling pica is an indicator species, since a slight elevation in temperature can have a devastating effect on their population by the end of the century.

Another interesting thing about picas is that they are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and twilight. Other crepuscular animals include moths, cats and deer.

It is unknown whether or not Greg Nikels is more active during the waxing and waning hours, but he is a threatened creature. The carved wooden profile behind him is Chief Sealth, who has something to do with Seattle.

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