Archive for June, 2015

Wild, wild west

It seems like forever ago but I remember reading a book back at my previous library job on water rights and ranchers, so when I read this article, I was reminded of that book.

While I can’t remember the name of that book, the name of this article is entitled “The wild West of drought, crazy water rules, and cattle ranchers” by over at the Grist. Unfortunately some things don’t change.



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I don’t normally write two post in a night but this article unfortunately caught my eye over at the Scientific American Extinction Countdown blog entitled “Alaska’s Rare Alexander Archipelago Wolves Nearly Wiped Out in 1 Year” By John R. Platt. It reminded me of the book A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans. Just tragic.



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Nature (and libraries)

As someone who has tried to introduce nature into my kids lives whenever I’m given the opportunity, both as a parent and as the green librarian, these couple of articles hit very close to home today.

The first one hit really close to my childhood, especially when thinking about how different my kids childhoods have been. When I was a kid, we frequently would go to our nearby woods whenever we were given the chance and always stayed out until it was getting dark.

My kids unfortunately haven’t really had that chance. What we’ve done instead is visit our local parks and each summer headed north to our cabin in Minnesota while always stopping by the headwaters of the Mississippi river. This article brought back all of my memories of that cabin.

The article is entitled “Do you carry a special outdoor place in your heart?” by Katherine Martinko at Treehugger. The best part is that while I have my memories of that place, the kids are building their own memories in the same place. Good stuff!

The other article, hits close to home in regards to my profession, as well as nature. It’s entitled “WELCOME TO THE NATURAL LIBRARY: The Essential Role of Libraries in Creating Nature-Rich Communities” by Richard Louv over at the Children and Nature Network. After all, this is the green librarian blog. Check it out!



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As I’ve said before no doubt, turtles have been one of my favorite animals since I was a youngster. When I saw this article over at the Tetrapod Zoology blog from Scientific American, I knew it was something I had to post.

The article is entitled “Turtles I Have Recently Seen” by Darren Naish. Slow and steady.



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Scientific American

So today started out with me reading an old post from Doing Good Science blog over at Scientific American entitled “Reflections on being part of a science blogging network” by Janet Stemwedel only to find out she’s moved on.

Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed the numerous blogs over at their website including Beautiful Minds, Extinction Countdown, Rosetta Stone, Tetrapod Zoology, Artful Amoeba and the Urban Scientist.

When I found this article over at the Urban Scientist tonight entitled “Urban Science Adventure: Make Autumn Leaf Lanterns“, it brought back a great memory with my kid when we did some leaf rubbings up at the Headwaters in northern Minnesota.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. I found this webpage over there as well entitled Citizen Science. Check it out!



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With one teenager at home and a second one coming soon, who knew that teenager’s could be so amazing (actually I did know but, that would be bragging about my own teenager/kids).

The article over at the Grist talks about a teenager who looking to save the oceans. It’s entitled “Dutch teen’s ocean-cleaning invention to launch next year” by Liz Core.



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To have bee’s or no bee’s

This small animal has been in the news a lot lately, both over in Europe and here in the U.S. Now while the two continents are miles apart, the topic in both cases is the same, pesticides.

First we have an article here in our local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, entitled “EPA proposes temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees” by Tim Barker that discusses the creation of some temporary pesticide free zones.

The other article is over at the Market Watch website (the same article is also over at Wall Street Journal) and is entitled “EU to revisit ban on insecticides over bee die-off” by Matthew Walton.



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