Archive for May, 2014

Going native

I would have to say that this article really proves that point. The article is entitled “The Backyard Revolution: How Native Plants Can Save Children and Other Endangered Species” by Richard Louv over at the Children & Nature Network.

Going, going, gone!


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The climate, it’s a melting

There have been so many articles written these days on climate change and what’s happening. One of the biggest topics lately has been the melting of Greenland.

Anyway, I found this article over at the New York Times this past Tuesday and thought it sort of gives a good overall view of the issue all around the world. It’s entitled “The Big Melt Accelerates” by Kenneth Chang at the New York Times.



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Tree holes

I have to say this is one of the more bizarre stories I’ve come across regarding nature. I have taken down two trees in my back yard over the last couple of years and have the remains from one that was taken down before we moved in, so I understand the concept. Anyway, the article is entitled “Decaying Trees May be Key to Mysterious Dune Holes” by Tom Coyne at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Now speaking of trees, when the kids and I were headed back to our car in Russell E, Emmenegger Nature Park, we came across this really cool little tree root puddle I guess you could say. Check it out!




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Turtle alert!

When I received this News Release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, I was taken back to when I first went to visit the University of Oklahoma at Norman. A 500 mile trip from St. Louis down highway 44 (and 35) . It was just my dad and I that went down there on senior skip day.

Of course, what I remember most of all was all the turtles we met along the way. To me it seemed like hundreds, if not thousands of turtles. If I remember correctly, I recall only hitting one.

Anyway, the Missouri Department of Conservation sent out this alert just the other day. It’s entitled “Turtle Alert!”. So stay awake and be alert!



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Here comes the sun

Well. around here we had the sun for a few warm days but it appears to be leaving for a while, so I thought I would dedicate this post to the great George Harrison song, Here Comes the Sun. Hopefully it’ll be back soon.

First up is this article letting us know that maybe the sun has a sibling. The article is entitled “Our Sun Now Has a Brother Star, the First One Ever Found” over at EarthSky. How cool is that?!

This next article is about one of my favorite topics in regard to the sun, the solar flare. In this case it’s called an x-flare and I have to say that why I don’t know what that is,  you can check it out at over in this article, “The Best-Observed X-Flare in History“, also over at EarthSky via NASA.

Finally, this article is about a square-shaped hole in the sun (and that sort of freaks me out). None the less, the article is entitled “NASA Spots Square-Shaped ‘Hole’ in the Sun (Video)” and is also over at Space.

Hats off!


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Over the river and through the woods

So I read this article today entitled “With Spring Migration in Full Flight, a New Report Urges Greater Protection for an Avian Haven” by Lisa McCrummen at the Environmental News Network and I thought, hmmm…I guess somebody else agrees.

It seems that the good folks in Manitoba had the same idea. This according to the article,  “Pew Applauds Manitoba on Caribou Strategy, Inclusive Approach to Boreal Prosperity” by Sheldon Alberts at the Pew Charitable Trust’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign.

Now while the Caribou strategy doesn’t mention our avian friends by name, if you start towards the higher end of the food chain, it will no doubt work it’s way down.



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International Boreal Conservation Campaign
International Boreal Conservation Campaign

Human’s toll on nature

This video no doubt, shows just what the effect of humans is on nature. Unfortunately it’s not good. The video is “The Animals of Chernobyl” over at the New York Times.

The question remains however, what are we doing to ourselves?



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The water web we weave

Water is something that connects us all. We really can’t live without it and that’s why it’s so important. These two articles are examples of that water web and how important it is to all of us.

In the midwest recently, some local residents (or citizen scientist) collect data on the nearly 3,000 lakes around them to test them for water quality. The article is entitled, “Local Residents Chronicle Lake Water Quality” by Robin Blackstone, and can be found over at the Environmental News Network.

This other article, “Pubic Invited to Help Water Quality Monitoring of Dardenne Creek May 4” is by Dan Zarlenga from the Missouri Conservation Department and is an alert I received in my e-mail. I don’t know if the kids will be interested in going, but we’ll see. I think it would be fun but maybe we can find one closer to home this summer.



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Collecting shells

When I was little, we use to visit my grandparents in San Diego and so I have fond memories of collecting sand dollars along the beach. I also remember collecting sea shells when I went up to Cape Cod many years ago when I was an adult. Even today as a parent, my kids and I collect clam shells along the Meramec River.

So when I read this article over at the Environmental News Network, I got very disheartened. It’s entitled “Dissolving Shells on the West Coast” by Robin Blackstone.



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