Archive for October, 2014

Going batty for halloween

Okay, I don’t have my kids this year for Halloween so I thought I would this post shout out to a couple of articles on one of perhaps our most misunderstood animals, bats.

Yes, I will admit they scare me and my kids. I’ve seen a few over the years, when I was a kid and we were playing outside at night and even on vacation up north, but like everyone else, they’re part of the ecosystem and they play an important role.

The first article is one that I found this morning and was happy to see. Apparently there has been some good news in the world of white-nose syndrome and bats. According to this article back in July, “Hint’s of Hope Emerge in Deadly American Bat Plague” over at Mother Nature Network by Russell McLendon. Let’s hope it’s still rings true.

The other article is how all citizen scientist can help them out. You too can be a Bat Detective and help classify which bats are which over at SciStarter. I know when my kids come over on Wednesday,  we’ll be checking this out.

Good Night!


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Soundscape ecologist

Okay, now I enjoy finding unique job title’s, usually over at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Xplor magazine, but this is a new one for me.

It’s a job title I was unaware of prior to reading this article. It seems that Bryan Pijanowski, at Purdue University is just that and what he’s attempting to do is record every sound on earth for a year.

You can check out what he’s done over at the Mother Nature Network in this article, “Scientist Will Record Every Sound on Earth for a Year” by Laura Moss.  This sounds like quite a task if you ask me.



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Not in my islands or NIMI


So if your home is important enough, this article is all about finding a way to protect it. It seems the island nation of Palau wanted to protect their home and so first they banned all commercial fishing in their waters, creating a marine sanctuary, but then the next question was what now?

They decided to start a crowdfunding campaign, to obtain the resources necessary for protecting their sanctuary. You can read all about it in the article “This is What Happens When You Crowdfund an Awesome Marine Park”  by over at Grist.

There is also an article entitled “Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area”  By David Shiffman over at Scientific American.  So how cool is that?!



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Church in the north woods


I’ve told my kids many times over the years, our family have rarely, if ever, been the church going kind. Like Richard Louv talks about over at teh Children & Nature Network in the article “Radical Amazement: Nature and the Spiritual Life of Children“, I think our church may in fact, be our family cabin up north, where we go for a week each year.

Like his family, we find our amazement in fishing and the sun but in sunset’s rather than sun rises. You can see for yourself.

Sweet dreams!


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If a dam falls, does the river make a sound?

Okay, it’s a poor attempt at the adage of, if a tree falls, does it make a sound adage. When I saw this article however, it at least resonated with me.

So I’ve always been a proponent of removing dams and according to this article, “What Happens to a River When a Dam is Removed” at the Environmental News Network via Oregon State University suggests that rivers can recover surprising fast. As someone who works near the Mighty Mississippi, that’s music to my ears!



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A, B, Sea…

If we started making a list of the sea’s around the world, we would obviously start with the letter A and so that would include both the Aral and Arabian. Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities end today.

This first article I found over at the New York Times in entitled “A Green Blanket on the Arabian Sea” by Sindya N. Bhanoo. It shows us that the Arabian Sea has a huge green blanket on it, thanks to a winter bloom of phytoplankton.

Now I guess the good news is that at least there is water. According to this article on the Aral Sea, “The Dried-Up Aral Sea is Now a Post-Apocalyptic Playground” by Liz Core, the opposite is true. Looking at a satellite images from 1989 and today, it is now just a fraction of the size.



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Tall, silent and misunderstood


That’s the title of an article I came across in the Science Times of the New York Times last weekend.The article “Tall, Silent and Misunderstood” by Natalie Angier goes into great detail about this stately animal that until recently, little was known.

So while this once wooden toy giraffe may not completely resemble those in the wild, in part due to it’s missing ears, I’ve definitely learned a lot about them and will now find a better home for this beautiful creatures.



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Water older than the sun

I remember reading a book several years ago on water entitled Fresh Water by E.C. Pielou and so while the subject of how old our water is didn’t necessarily surprise me, I still thought this was a great article. In fact, it never occurred to me that our water might come  from space. Sometimes it’s hard to believe how interconnect we are with everything that  surrounds us.

Oh yea, the article is entitled “The Water in your Bottle Might be Older than the Sun” at Earthsky.



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The wings on the bird go up and down

So did they learn to fly to avoid falling or run in order to take off? While it’s a question that scientist have long tried to answer, according to this article over at Science Daily, we may be headed towards the answer.

The article is entitled “Flapping Baby Birds Give Clues to Origin of Flight” and in order to find the answer, you’ll have to read the article.



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Cats and dogs and people, oh my!

Here are two  stories, one about a cat and one about a dog and how perhaps we humans can  get along withthem if we just work together.

The first story, “Lonely Cougars Look for Love in Southern California” by Sheila V. Kumar at the Wall Street Journal. Here we have the state of California and several interest groups looking to build the cougars their own freeway overpass, in order to help them survive in our highway world.

The other article is entitled “Coyote Struck by SUV, Gets Stuck in Bumper” by David Strege at GrindTV. This kind soul not only took him to a rehabilitation center, he also helped pay for the expenses.



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