Archive for November, 2013

For the birds

So since birds are the center of our attention yesterday on Thanksgiving, I thought I would post a tribute to our friends. In fact, a couple of years ago I read this really great book entitled Feathers by Thor Hanson and ever since then, I’ve become a big fan of birds.

For this tribute, I have two videos that I have come across lately, both in regard to what they do best, fly. The first one is entitled “Starlings Murmurations Create Fantastic Show in Scottish Sky” by David Strege over at GrindTV. David even added some very elegant music to go with what could almost be considered a bird ballet.  Well worth the look.

The other one is much shorter but just as dramatic in the sense that it’s coming right at you and is extremely powerful. It’ entitled “Geese Tsunami in Richmond, Canada” by Maikel Parets over at Yahoo!

Fly away!


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Games can be fun

Okay, tomorrow I should be done with my book, so I’m going to do one last post referencing it. I won’t mention the book by title since I have so many times recently (but you can check my previous posts, starting with “To the Great Outdoors We Go” and work your way back) but I have to say it’s been an amazing read.

Towards the end, he talks about childhood games and it’s there that he mentions playing outdoor games like soccer, frisbee, wiffle ball and one called ghetto golf. In essence, it’s playing mini golf with plenty of imperfection, which got me thinking to the number of times my oldest son has asked to play golf in our yard.

So the next time we have a warmish day here, which may not be till spring, we’re going to give it a go. Even if it’s not going out to a park or creek, it is being outside and I think that’s what important here.

For evidence of this one needs to look no farther that this recent article, “The Kids Don’t Play Any More” by Margaret Wente at The Globe and Mail via the Children & Nature Network.



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Tag, you’re it! (and you and you…)

I guess being a dad of three amazing kids keeps me geared toward activities for kids but at the same time, I’m no spring chicken. In fact, I’m a little past the 50 yard line so when I saw this article this morning in my inbox (courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation), I thought okay maybe I should go ahead and expand my horizons.

Besides, as I’ve been saying lately, that book again (yes, the one entitled “Let Them Be Eaten by Bears : A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors” by Peter Brown) has been really helping me to see the bigger picture.

So here’s the article, “Nature’s Benefits for Seniors” by John Carey and as I usually say, it’s well worth read.



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Thanksgiving day menu for citizen scientist

I get lots of e-mails from a variety of groups and one of my favorites is the organization, SciStarter. Anyway, the last one I got was entitled “We’ve created a fabulous menu of Citizen Science projects!“. Now that looks like quite a menu.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Camping checklist

For some reason, I’ve been motivated to start cleaning out my desk drawers at work and I came across some an old copy of a journal that I use to read (until it went out of business) entitled Wonderland and it was actually opened to an article on camping. Now I couldn’t find the article anywhere online until I visited the Wayback Machine over at the Internet Archive and so I’ve posted it below.

The article is entitled “The Art of Camping” by Catherine Newman. Now even though  I might disagree with the number of items on the packing list (courtesy of the book I’m now reading, “Let Them Be Eaten by Bears : A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors” by Peter Brown),  I still think the article is very much worth reading.




Sea turtles

When I saw a picture this afternoon of a soldier standing guard on at La Gloria wildlife refuge, where thousands of turtles come to spawn every year, I was reminded of another turtle. The one that my son made on his rainbow loom.

The picture over at Treehugger is entitled “Photo of the Day: Standing Guard for Sea Turtles” by Hector Guerrero and can be found here. The picture I took of my turtle (the one in white with a purple and red shell) is below:




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Thanksgiving for nature

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought this article over at Care2 entitled “Why Do You Give Back to Nature?” by the Nature Conservancy really spoke to me. I hope it speaks to others as well.



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To the great outdoors we go

So I’m reading a new book now and it’s entitled “Let Them Be Eaten by Bears : A Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids into the Great Outdoors” by Peter Brown. This is one of those books that I checked out on a whim and usually when I go with my gut, I do pretty well. This one is no exception.

One of the first topics he hits upon is one that I learned about a few years ago reading Richard Louv’s first book Last Child in the Woods, called nature deficit disorder. Something that I’ve tried to make sure my kids are immune to by doing our share of outdoor adventures such as Amphibian Night, the Owl Prowl and the occasional trip to a park.

Something they aren’t immune to however is the television. In fact, just today I read an excellent article over on The Christian Science Monitor and via Children & Nature Network (which is in fact an organization started by Richard Louv) that really refutes a lot of what is said in a recent ad by Toys ‘R’ Us.

The article is entitled, “Toys ‘R’ Us Messes with Mother Nature: Trees vs. Toys +” by Amanda Paulson. Check it out, it too is worth the read.


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African wildlife today

Interesting how just when I mention the fact that African wildlife is struggling just to survive, I came across this article this morning over at Yahoo! It’s entitled “Tide Turns on One Front in Africa’s War Against Rhino Poachers” courtesy of Ed Stoddard via Reuters. They say if you just put it out there, something will happen.

Also, I just happened to receive a letter today from the African Wildlife Foundation, asking for donations. Now while I usually do my work through e-mails for various environmental groups, I’m going to try and scrap up a few dollars to donate to a very worthy cause.



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Africa back in the day

I was cleaning out some old shelves in the basement this weekend and stumbled on an old box with some childhood memories. When I opened the box, I found five wooden animals that I hadn’t seen in years.  There was an elephant, giraffe, rhinoceros, antelope and leopard, all hand carved from Kenya.


Now why my mom and I couldn’t remember exactly how I got them, they did take me back to a place and time of innocence in my youth. Unfortunately it seems like all I see these days are very depressing stories such as “Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years” by Julie M. Rodriguez and “Poachers Kill Over 300 Elephants by Dumping Cyanide in Zimbabwe Watering Holes” by Kristine Lofgren, both at Inhabitat.



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