Nature’s miniature miracles

Since I have my kids on Wednesday nights usually, I don’t get the chance to watch the Nature show on PBS very often. So tonight I got the chance and I must admit I really like this episode entitled “Nature’s Miniature Miracles “. It was about some of natures smallest creatures, a few of which I was familiar with.

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Wales, dolphins and octopuses

So the first story here was actually how some octopuses came out of the ocean and started walking the beaches of the town of New Quay, Wales. Then this article came out in the New York Times about this town in Wales and their relationship to these ocean inhabitants including the octopuses, jelly fish and Portuguese man-of-war, along with dolphins.

The article is entitled “A Cliff-Edge Town Visited by Poets, Dophins – and Octopuses” by Rod Nordland over at the New York Times. There is also a link to the video of the octopuses walking the beach. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the town is in Wales, which is where my dad’s family is from.

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Old black fly

When I read tonight’s article, entitled “In Praise of Flies ” by James Gorman over at the New York Times, it reminded me of a book that my kids loved back in the day entitled Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth.

Unfortunately the fly in the book doesn’t get the praise that flies in general get from Dr. McAlister either in the article or in her book The Secret Life of Flies. I must say however, I learned more about flies that I ever thought possible, from this article.

The article is  definitely a good read and since the library doesn’t own the book, I’m going to have to request it. I’ll let you know when I get it.

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Walden pond

So I just went to my bookshelves and found my copy of Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. If I remember right, I read it on an airplane going to Paris, I think.

So when I came across this article on a documentary entitled Walden, it was an article I had to read. The article is entitled “‘Walden’ Embraces Thoreau’s Message” by Starre Vartan over at the Mother Nature Network.

Now I just need to watch the video and reread the book. The question is, where should I take a plane ride?

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Grizzly bear comeback

I must say, this was a nice story to read about in an age where it seems there are so many animals on the verge of extinction. Now while the story is far from over, it’s nice to see these majestic animals making a comeback.

The story is in the article entitled “Yellowstone Grizzlies May Soon Commingle with Northern Cousins” by Jim Robbins at the New York Times. Hopefully this story will continue.

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Vikings and the environment

I must say that I never thought I would be talking about the Vikings and the environment. It seems more that one thousand years ago, the Vikings razed most of the forests in Iceland when they first settled there.

This according to the article “Vikings Razed the Forest. Can Iceland Regrow Them?” by Henry Fountain at the New York Times. It definitely gives you insight into what’s happening in many parts of the world.

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Africa and conservation

I must say that after my grandparents gave me a set of five wooden animals including a leopard, antelope, elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros which were actually carved in Kenya, my love for these animals began.

Africa

So seeing this article on conservation in Namibia was refreshing in a small way. The article is entitled “Namibia: Africa’s Conservation Success Story” by Laura Moss over at the Mother Nature Network. Here’s hoping the animals in Namibia outlive my wooden animals and perhaps none the worse for ware than my collection.

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