"Using swans to chase away geese is an effective practice, experts said, because swans are larger and territorial and will live in non-native landscapes. They're also not afraid to compete with other animals for resources. Swans, like many creatures, will defend their territory vigorously, especially when their young are involved, said Steve Sullivan, senior curator of urban ecology for the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum."
Relic from ninth-century grave revealed as Viking witch's magic wand
Via The Guardian: From Tudor piss-pots to Botticellian nymphs, four curators reveal their favourite objects and what their job really entails. (image: Lucy Bamford in front of Joseph Wright of Derby’s A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery).