Archive for March, 2014

A world away

I finally found a new book. It’s entitled Naturalists at Sea: From Dampier to Darwin by Glyn Williams. I have to say that it took a while to find this book but I think it was well worth it.

Looking at the Green Reading page, I think it’s time for an update.

Happy Reading!


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Heading up north

I know it’s not time yet to start planning our trip up north, but when I saw this article on a small town in Minnesota near our family cabin, I thought I needed to post this. The article/video is courtesy of channel WCCO 4 News in Minnesota and the story is entitled “Finding Minnesota: Ghost Town Comes Back to Life“.

By the way, the town is named Emmaville, so if you know someone named Emma, have them stop by and they can even get their picture taken. You can also see what’s going on by visiting their homepage, the Emmaville Store or their blog entitled “Rediscovering Emmaville“.



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Looking down the river

To continue along this path our water and our rivers, I recently watched a really good show on my local public television channel (KETC) entitled Water Matters: People, Lands, Economies It actually aired last Thursday but continues on with the conversation up till Earth Day, April 22nd.

They mentioned several rivers in fact and one of them was the Meramec River, where the kids and I have visited several times this year. So I thought I would post another one of my daughters pictures here. This is one looking south out over the river.


This is also where we usually end up looking for cool rocks while my older son and I tries to skip some of them across to the other side. Of course, we never do.



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(Re) birth of the river Zin

Okay, so I’ve never actually been there for the birth or (re) birth of a river, I thought this video by Josh Marks over at Inhabitat is very cool. The article and video are entitle “Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel’s Negev Desert“.



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Carless and proud of it (sort of)

So yes, according to the news these days, I’m part of a growing trend (those who don’t own a car). Granted however, it’s not by choice but I came across this article the other day and it made me feel a little better. The article is entitled “Paris Bans Cars, Makes Transit Free to Fight Air Pollution” by John Upton over at the Grist.

With Paris being one of my favorite cities and one that I have been fortunate enough to visit, I thought how cool is that?



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Wildlife inventory up north

Boy, talk about citizen science. I just learned that the citizens of British Columbia head out each winter for two days to count wildlife. This is according to the article “In Canada, Volunteers Vie to Count the Most Animals” by Chester Dawson at the Wall Street Journal. Now that’s dedication.


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Water = hydroxide ions (better known as oxygen and hydrogen molecules bound together)

When I saw this article over at LiveScience, I immediately thought back to the book Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet by Tim Flannery.

The article is “Rare Diamond Reveals Earth’s Interior is All Wet” by Becky Oskin.I have to say that I didn’t know that scientist even believed there is water deep within the earth.



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Crossing the atlantic

When I saw this story today, I was reminded of a great book I read several years, Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur by Carl Safina. He talked a lot about the journey’s that these amazing animals go on, traveling up to a thousand miles and more to return to where they were born.

Anyway, according to the article “Great White Shark Named Lydia Becomes First Known White Shark to Cross Atlantic” by Pete Thomas at GrindTV, Lydia has now traveled over 19,000 miles while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Truly amazing.



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Tag, your it

So this weekend it was officially spring like weather and because of that, we took some time to head over to one of our favorite parks, Russell E, Emmenegger Nature Park. While we were there, my daughter started using her new camera.

Her plan is to post her pictures for all to see and since she doesn’t blog, I told her I would post her pics and so here’s the first one. It seems that we’re not the only ones who like to visit the park.




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Winter, spring, winter, spring

So which is it? Well, it looks like it might finally be spring here in the Midwest but wasn’t it just last month where we were in the 60’s? Anyway, apparently it’s not just me as evident by this bear cub.

You can see for yourself in this video over at Yahoo News entitled “Bear Wakes Early from Hibernation, Wanders onto Ski Slope” by Mike Krumboltz. Safe to say this is just another piece of evidence that whatever you want to label it, global warming or climate change,  something is going on.

Heaven help us!


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