Archive for July, 2014

From the smallest to the biggest

Yes, I love bees but I also love whales and this story hit me straight in the heart yesterday. The article is entitled “Can Embattled Gray Whale make it home?” by Pete Thomas over at GrindTV.

I know that whales dying is part of the process of life. In fact, as I’ve said recently, I now realize how important they are to life in the oceans. I hope however, that this whale finds his way home. I’m all about happy endings.

Sincerely-

 

 

Green Librarian

 

Bee business

Bee’s have always been one of my favorite animals. As a kid, we use to stop on our family vacations at this restaurant (and I can’t for the life of me remember the name) but anyway, we use to see the bee’s making their honey.

When scientist talk about bee’s today unfortunately, it’s about what’s killing them and how can we help them. So just the other day I finally requested this book I’ve been meaning to read entitled Bees: Natures Little Wonders by Candace Savage. I can’t wait to start reading it to see what we can do.

On top of that, I came across this great article about this gentleman right across the river in Illinois and it’s entitled “Man’s Lifelong Interest Becomes Bee Business” by Scott Fitzgerald at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Well worth the read!

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Land shark

The song Land Shark by Shel Silverstein on his album entitled Underwater Land was one of my kids favorite songs growing up. In fact, we were listening to it just the other day in the car.

LandShark

When I read the article entitled “They’re Going to Need a Bigger Gift Shop: Sharks in Cape Cod Town Draw Tourists, Flipping the ‘Jaws’ Script” by Katherine O. Seely over at the New York Times, I thought, it’s about time!

To me, sharks are one of the most amazing creatures on this planet and apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Mother & Father Nature

I have to say that I’ve never heard anyone say father nature before I read this article by Richard Louv, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. The article is entitled “Mother Nature, Meet Father Nature: You’re Going to Get Along Just Fine“.

As a father who has tried to pass on my love of nature to my kids, I guess it does make sense when you think about it. I know in my family both my mom and my dad tried to instill that love of nature in me and my siblings.

From the ocean coast in California to the mountains in Colorado. Even as an adult, from the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi to the coast of Cape Cod.  I’ve been really lucky and I hope to pass that love of nature on to all my kids.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Whales

As I have said many times before, I seem to come across articles that relate directly to the book I’m reading at the moment and tonight is no exception. The article tonight is entitled “Whales: The Great Poop Pumps of the Ocean” by Manon Verchot over at Treehugger.

The book I’m currently reading is entitled Extreme Life of the Sea by Stephen and Anthony Palumbi (a father and son duo).  The authors  go into great detail about the relationships that exist between many of the amazing animals that live in the ocean.

Wow!

 

Green Librarian

 

 

Goodsearch & elephants

I was over at goodsearch tonight doing a little research when I came across an amazing picture of elephants running though water.

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Unfortunately, I also came across this story over at Scientific American entitled “Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants?” By John R. Platt.

I know I just wrote a  post entitled  How I Became an Elephant the other day, but I feel obliged to do what I can to make  people of the aware of their plight. These majestic animals deserve a better fate than what we are doing to them. It just breaks my heart.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Chernobyl as a Wildlife Sanctuary

Over the weekend, I was watching this show called Word Travels, when they did a small story on the city of Chernobyl. There were these two reporters walking through the area, taking radiation counts when suddenly this small butterfly landed on the instrument. I remember one of the two individuals talking about the irony of it all.

That got me to thinking, I wonder what has become of nature in this desolate region? Turns out it’s still thriving. This according to the Mary Mycio over at Slate from last year. The article is entitled “Do Animals in Chernobyl’s Fallout Zone Glow? The Scientific Debate About Europe’s Unlikeliest Wildlife Sanctuary“.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian