Archive for June, 2015

Bee-utiful

So while bees continue to struggle both here and elsewhere around the world, apparently the country of Norway has started to do something about it. This according to the article entitled “Oslo builds its bees a highway of flowers

Buzzingly beautiful-

  

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Summer time

The last few days the kids and I have noticed many, many fireflies and so when I saw this article tonight, I thought it was appropriate. The article is entitled “Fireflies! 12 things you didn’t know about lightning bugs” by Melissa Breyer over at the Mother Nature Network.

Sincerely-

  

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The day after (fathers day) and nature

Dad&John

Yes I know fathers day was yesterday (and it was a great weekend). The boys and I watched the Great Race car’s take off from here in Kirkwood, Missouri and then my daughter and her cousin made us all pancakes on Sunday.

Anyway, when I read this article I was reminded of my dad and our relationship. My dad loved to garden and be outdoors. I’m fortunate enough to say I’ve been to both coasts and lots of places in between like the Rockie Mountains and out cabin up north in Minnesota.

So to all the dads out there, here’s a great article by Richard Louv at the Children & Nature Network entitled “FATHER NATURE“. I lost my dad 21 years this past June 15th but I know he’d be proud of what the kids and I have done over the years.

  

Vertebrates

So when I first started reading this article, I was taken back to a science fair project my daughter and I did entitled Are Zebras Black with White Stripes or White with Black Stripes?  While she didn’t get to move on to the next level of competition, she did receive a blue ribbon. FYI, They’re black with white stripes.

I also remember the one my oldest son did on Devils Tower, asking the question, is Devils Tower the Remnant of an Old Volcano? He too didn’t move on but he did receive a red ribbon. Later that year, we received word from a college professor (whom we had been in contact with) and that had grad students doing research on that very topic and he said that they still don’t know.

Anyway, one of my favorite topics as a kid was vertebrate fossils. In fact, we just found some in a river bed near by and I’m thinking maybe this weekend, I’ll try to see what I can dig up on that.The article that actually got me started on all this is entitled “New origin theory for cells that gave rise to vertebrates” from Northwestern University.

I have to admit, Over the years, my two older kids did some great projects.

Thank you!

  

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Butterflies

Milkweed

Since I saw this short article and video entitled “MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Missouri conservation program builds habitats for monarch butterflies” by over at the Missourian newspaper, I thought I would post a picture of the milkweed plant my daughter and I planted last year to help out the Monarchs here in St. Louis.

I also thought I would share a short story about an experience my kids and I had with butterflies several summers ago (stop me if you heard it before). Seems we found two caterpillars on some local flowers and then put them in a jar to watch them turn into butterflies. By winter and after they had gone into their cocoons, we thought they no longer alive.

The next spring however, we had the chance to watch the first one and then the second one both hatch into butterflies and fly off. It was very cool and an experience my kids have never forgotten.

Sincerely-

  

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Star dust and us

Recently I’ve been telling my kids, when we’re out at night and  looking at the stars, we’re all really just made of star dust. This is something that I’ve heard Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson talk about on NOVA.

Now while that’s not what this article is about, it’s what’s moved me to write about it tonight. The article is entitled “10 cool things about stars” by Larry Sessions over at EarthSky. Unfortunately, the fact Dr. Tyson points out isn’t on the list. Maybe it should be 11 Cool things about Stars.

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North and south, south and north

For the first time, scientist have witnessed polar bears eating white-nosed dolphins. With less ice up in the arctic region, dolphins are migrating farther north while seals (the main source of polar bears diet) are moving farther south. The result, polar bears are hunting dolphins.

You can read all about it in the article “Global warming causes polar bears to eat dolphins” by at GrindTV. There is also a link to a study in Polar Research Journal by the Norwegian Polar Institute. Climate change.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian