To find a skulker, you must be a skulker. Skulking, by definition, means hiding or moving around, trying not to be seen, usually with bad intentions. Fortunately, the dictionary said usually, because I don’t skulk with bad intentions. I do it to get close to wildlife for photos and observation — the silent but deadly approach. Some of my best skulking is done from a kayak on local rivers. Sometimes, it requires paddling as slowly as possible. Other times, it demands I not paddle at all.
How do I not want thee in my garage? Let me count the ways …If you’re a bear, skunk, opossum or raccoon, I can do without garbage can raids. If you’re a red or flying squirrel, setting up shop in the rafters will not be approved or abided. As for juncos and warblers and other songbirds, with your frantic attempts to escape through a glass window pane? I would just as soon not traumatize you by scooping you up in my hand.
My blue jays are noisy again. They’ve been quiet all summer, but they can’t take it anymore. The reason boils down to basic personality. It’s not normal for jays to shut up. During nesting season it is, because silence is essential for survival. One can’t risk attracting predators by squawking one’s nest location throughout the oak woods. So jays pipe down while raising their young. They don’t like it, but they bite the bullet.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".