Tornado alley is moving

As someone who thought we already live in tornado alley, it’s not exactly what you hear that actually tornado alley is moving closer to you. This according to the article entitled “Tornado Activity Rising Farther East, Including Missouri and Illinois, but Scientist aren’t Sure Why” by Seth Borenstein at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Watching the movie Twister the other day, certainly didn’t help either.

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Here comes the sun

For bees,  it appears that the sun plays a very important role in their lives. According to this article,  entitled “Bees Go Silent During  Total Solar Eclipse” by Russell McLendon over at the Mother Nature Network, it actually sounds like they can’t live without it. Interestingly enough, it turns out the study took place in three states, including my own state of Missouri. So hopefully, the sun will keep showing up.

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Our Native Bees

So that’s the title of the book by Paige Embry I’m reading right now and because of what I’ve learned about bees, I thought I would post this article tonight entitled “Mushroom Extract May Help Save Bees” by Noel Kirkpatrick over at the Mother Nature Network.

To say the book has been an eye-opener about native bees would be an understatement and speaking of eye-openers, here’s one of my recent pictures of a bee, though I will admit I don’t know the species (yet).

Bee

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Fossils

I’ve probably been fascinated with fossils since I was little. One of the first time’s I was introduced to them was somewhere between 4th and 6th grade. I can’t remember the exact time but I do remember they were little round circles that we chipped out of rocks.

Anyway, this article tonight takes me back not just to that place and time but also to the book Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time has Left Behind by Richard Fortey.

So I almost forgot, the article is entitled “A Mysterious Fossil Points to the Origins of Lizards and Snakes” by Asher Elbein over at the New York Times. Believe it or not, I still have a couple of fossils lying around the house.

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Living on the prairies

As someone who loves history, I’ve often wondered what this part of the country was like back in the day. At least up in north St. Louis, there appear to be 25 acres of prairie land. This according to the article entitled “Prairie Restoration Project is in Bloom in North St. Louis” by Jesse Bogan at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. From the pictures, it looks incredible.

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Leaves & your lawn

So I’ve never been one to rake all the leaves up in my lawn. In fact, I usually just compost some of them and rake the rest into my flower beds. This article, entitled “A very important reason not to rake the leaves on your lawn” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger just helps me justify even more what I’m already doing.

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Lakes

The article I read tonight reminds me of the book I’m reading at the moment, Still Waters by Curt Stager. In fact, some of the stories in the aforementioned book, remind me a little of what’s gone on over at Town Line Lake (the lake our cabin is on), during the last few years.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Arctic Expert Discovers Methane Fuelled Lake in Alaska” by Chris Mooney over at Independent. I guess this weekend I’ll have to do a little reading on the history of our lake, starting with the book History of Longville, MN 1906-2006.

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