Archive for February, 2014

Wolves & rivers, rivers & wolves

It seems like every time I turn around I get an e-mail asking for my help to contact someone or give money to help wolves. I remember as a youngster listening to wolves up north in Minnesota around our cabin.

This video over at Yahoo! entitled “How Wolves Can Alter the Course of Rivers” I think it really shows how wolves affect ecosystems and the world around them. Which reminds me, I need to take my kids to our Endangered Wolf Center this year and let my kids see these amazing creatures.

Maybe one of these years, when we head up north, they’ll get the opportunity to truly experience what I did.



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Winter is bear(ly) holding on

Get it?! Oh well, whenever I get my next issue of Mizzou Magazine, I can usually figure on an article or two about the environment and once again, it held true.

As someone who believes that ecosystems need to be complete to be healthy, it appears that at least of the Missouri forests are beginning to return to a healthy biological balance after nearly two hundred years.

This according to Lori Eggert in the article “Bear Down, Bear Up” by Dale Smith in Mizzou Magazine. There’s also a nice article over at Science Daily on the same study entitled “Black Bears Return to Missouri Indicates Healthy Forests“.

Hopefully, those bears will get a chance to come out of their dens and play soon. At least around here, winter just won’t let go.



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Spring is just around the corner

It is, I feel it. In fact, I’ve started thinking about what to plant this year in our long awaited garden. Just the other day I found our High Mowing Organic Seed catalog and tonight I found our Missouri Wildflowers Nursery catalog.

Now while I’m going to sit down with the kids this weekend to decide what we’re going to order, I really wish I could just go to the library instead and check out some seeds. This is a great article that I found last year entitled “Libraries Offer Weird Things to Draw New Borrowers” by Greg Toppo at USA Today.



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What can’t crocodiles do?

It seems that I’ve posted my share of articles on crocodiles the last few months but apparently there’s more to their story. I just saw over at the Environmental News Network the article entitled “Time to Start Looking Up: Crocodiles Can Climb Trees” by S.E. Smith via Care2. Wow!



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Who let the dogs out?

Okay, so the other day I posted a video produced by the Missouri Department of Conservation on birds in winter here in Missouri. Today I have another video but this one  is about the stray dogs  in Sochi, Russia and what our own David Backes, of the St. Louis Blues and others are doing to give these animals a voice.

David and his wife Kelly started a group called Athletes for Animals about seven years ago and as one might guess, if there are animals in need, they will be there. The video and story that goes along with it is entitled “Blues Player David Backes Helping Sochi Stray Dogs“.

The really neat part, is that his wife and he are working with other players and their wives but not just from team USA. How cool is that?! That my friends, is the Olympic Spirit.



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For the birds

Since my daughter and I participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count this past weekend and I just submitted the results, I thought I would share this video courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation over on Youtube. The video is entitled “Birds in Winter-Discover Nature (KRCG)“.



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What to read?

So, I’ve started several different books lately but haven’t found that really grabbed me. I was reading Alexander Wilson : the Scot who founded American ornithology by Edward H. Burtt, Jr., but since the biographical part ended early on, it just sort of fizzled for me and since it’s due back soon, I need to return it but I may try again later to finish it.

More recently, I’ve been reading Why birds sing : a journey through the mystery of bird song by David Rothenberg but again, it just hasn’t sold me. Perhaps another one to try later. It’s actually the first book in a sort of trilogy by Mr. Rothenberg.

I  started reading the last book in the group first , Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise, but then decided to go in order. You can read about all of them on his website.

Now however, I think I found one. It’s entitled Naturalist at Sea: From Dampier to Darwin by Glyn Williams. If you want to read a review on it, you can go over to Science News to read a book review by clicking here. I just requested it at the library and so I’ll keep you posted.



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A heart of stone

Like a lot of people, I have to admit I’ve been busy watching the Winter Olympics. With my family, I grew up watching hockey as my brother played the sport and so consequently, the winter games have always been my favorite.

So when I saw this article/video over at GrindTV,  I thought okay, this is a great article. Not to mention that it’s one of my favorite topics, rocks. It’s entitled “David Wise Finds Perfect Russian Rock for Wife” by David Strege.

The connection for me to this article is the fact that he collects heart-shaped rocks for his wife. I collect them for my kids. Just recently I  decorated our mantle with three of my favorites.


Take care!


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Polar vortex, landcane, …

So I just learned the term polar vortex earlier this year thanks to old man winter, now I’ve just learned a new term, landcane.  Thankfully I haven’t had the opportunity really to experience one or a hurricane (except for the rain) and according to this article, I don’t think I’ll ever have the chance to experience a landcane.

Anyway, if you want to learn about them, check out the article “A Landcane over Australia” by Matt Daniel over at Earthsky. Of course, with California experiencing a dry winter like really never before or at least for a very long time, I guess it’s possible.



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The snow it is a comin’

So here I sit the night before the first of three snow storms arrives. The first thought I had was, I’ll get the chance to tweet how much we get with the help of my youngest son over at the Scistarter, a citizen science website.

The thought that didn’t come to mind was maybe I” tale some pictures of the snowflakes. So when I saw this article over at Earthsky, I thought I can do this. For the answer to that, stay tune. Meanwhile, the article is entitled “How to Take Photos of Snowflakes“. I have my camera ready.

I’m dreaming of a white Tuesday!


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