Filoplume

Bird feather, filoplume under the foldscope.

Section of a feather

'While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.' this is exactly what I thought when my partner and I put a few strands of a feather under the foldscope along with my other friends from CMRNPUC ITPL. You could see the smallest of details ,things you didn't know before ....

Feathers of a Bird

When I first received a Foldscope, I planned on exploring the woods near my house in upstate New York with it. However, before I could make it back home, inspiration struck elsewhere in the form of four fluffy individuals found in my friend’s house: budgerigars. Budgerigars – also known as common pet parakeets – are small, long-tailed…

Found around the office

I received the Foldscope kit and after putting it together, I immediately looked around the office for things to view. The first sample I tried was a crusty piece of dead skin from my co-worker’s healing finger injury. (Yes, we tend to be gross around here) Well that was fun, but I wanted more. I…

Bird Feather Forensics – Know a bird from a micro-feather

Summary: Feathers are hierarchical structures. Looking at the smaller length scales, it's possible to identify specific birds from just a lone feather. Bird feathers are fascinating objects. Not only do we have little understanding of how feathers develop, we know only a little bit how feathers enhance flight mechanics in birds. Walking around both in...