A few bright banners from the Carnivals of Blog:
Circus of the Spineless, in praise of all things invertebrate, steps out in classic form with its 13th edition at Deep Sea News. Everything from snail adoption to invasive earth worms in this sideshow, and cleverly presented in a parlor of tattoos, no less.
Hard on the heels of this carnival came The Tangled Bank #63 at OK So I'm Not Really a Cowboy. Lots of great natural history and science stuff here, including a great post on flocking behavior at Rigor Vitae, but make sure your scroll down to find the post as the page looks awfully bereft of text when you first arrive at Tangled Bank #63.
The premier edition of The Carnival of Hijacked Holidays appeared this past week, with 50% of its maiden content provided in a contribution from this blogger. Look for this blog carnival to increase in popularity as we Americans crank into our uber consumptive holidays at year's end.
Finally, the 4th Festival of the Trees is at Hoarded Ordinaries, which does a stellar job of last minute pinch hitting as this month's host. This is a carnival to watch, which has garnered a large number of diverse and talented contributers in its first few months.
update: Just under the wire but worth the wait, Old is the New New has a huge new edition of History carnival #50. It will take me the better part of an evening to do justice to them all, even discounting the half dozen or so entries I had previously read - along with a pair of my own.