While the coldest weather of the year is hitting us here in St. Louis, I’m reminded of summer time courtesy of the show “Journey of the Butterfly” over at PBS on NOVA tomorrow night.
Also, just food for thought, there was this article back in July in the Science section of the New York Times entitled “In Midwest, Flutters May Be Far Fewer” by Andrew Pollack.
As a midwesterner myself, I’ll have to do a little research on that to see what the results might have been and I’ll keep you posted.
I know I don’t write nearly as much as I’d like to but with a new year approaching (okay, I’m getting a little ahead of myself) comes another try. So with that said, check out my blog for families that like to get outside with the Outdoor Librarian.
See you outside-
Okay, today is one of those days where you realize that as a parent you’ve done a good job. My eight year old daughter Gwen said to me that she wants to help save one of the local parks (The park is Lone Elk Park) that St. Louis County wants to close. She heard that they are having a meeting tonight and so she wants to raise money at her school to save the park.
Apparently she is not the only one according to this article over at the River Hills Traveler entitled “St. Louis County Parks Threat Mobilizes Public-Links Page”
So after my kids lost the last of their beloved hermit crabs (Peanut Butter Cup) we’ve started the process of finding a new pet and while my oldest son and my daughter want fish, my youngest son Julian want’s a snail.
So as the diligent father and librarian that I am, I’ve been doing some research, such as talking to pet stores and reading books. Now while we haven’t made a choice yet, I have learned that one I don’t want is the giant African land snail according to the article “Giant Alien Snails Attack Miami, Though They’re Not in Much of a Rush“by Arian Campo-Flores of the Wall Street Journal .
So while I’m not in a rush either, the search continues.
I’ve seen this happening in other states but it’s a little more depressing when it starts to happen in your own backyard. The few parks that the kids and I go to include Powder Valley, Laumiere Sculpture Park and Castlewood.
The first article is the story entitled “County Parks May Face Sale” by Paul Hampel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the second one is an excellent rebuttal as to why we need our parks. It’s entitled “Outdoor Classroom: Forest Park” by Jessica Bock, also at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.