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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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.

Cheers!

 

Green Librarian

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!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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)“.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

 

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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian