Archive for August, 2015

Heading north to the great lakes

So now that I’ve been to Duluth, Minnesota I guess I have a connection to the great lakes, at least that’s what I’m telling myself. I came across this article in the New York Times the other day on Lake Michigan entitled “Waukesha Plan for Lake Michigan Water Raises Worries” by Monica Davey.

Meanwhile, I saw this article over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch entitled “Duluth: Small-town feel; big-town attractions” by Amy Bertrand. I’m thinking this is a sign that we should go again. As much as we saw, there is definitely more to do.

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Mossy afternoon

Okay, I’ve heard of a lazy afternoon but a mossy afternoon? Well, maybe it’ll catch on one of these days. I mean it’s gotta start somewhere right!?

Anyway, I’ve always been a fan of moss. I do have some growing in the cracks of our driveway and on the big silver maple in the front yard but I must admit, I’ve never though about just watching it grow.

Well, according to the article “Spending Hours Staring at Moss is More Thrilling than You Might Think” by Catie Leary at the Mother Nature Network, it’s catching on, particularly in Japan. It’s also happening here in the United States and the article has some really cool picture.

So the next time your out in the woods or even in your own back yard, check out your mossy space.

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Save the environment, It’s so easy

Just like this article says, if we all follow the directions on how to save the environment, it will happen just like that. This is according to Sami Grover, the author of the article “Surprise! Stop Polluting and Nature Gets Better over at Treehugger. I wish someone would have told me this years ago!

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The beauty of blue

I came across this piece of art a few minutes ago over at Yahoo and it inspired me to post it again. I hope it inspires other to see the beauty in all of water, be it oceans, lakes, ponds and rivers.The article is entitled “Giant Bouquet of 10,000 Flowers Is Blooming in the Middle of the Ocean” by Kelly Phillips Badal.

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Now while my picture pales in comparison to the beauty of the artwork by Azuma Makoto, I took my picture this summer when the kids and I went to Duluth and got the chance to see Lake Superior. I think we maybe going again!

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Carl Safina

Sometimes things just happen for a reason. The older I get, the more I believe that. Whether it’s with my kids, work or my writing and tonight is no different. Today I went to the library to pick up a book I thought was there but it turned out I was just wishing it. I didn’t read my account information correctly.

Anyway, I was reading the Science section of the New York Times tonight (from a couple of weeks ago) and low and behold, there was a review of the same book.The book is entitled “Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel“. Here’s a link to all of the books by Carl Safina.

I highly recommend Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earths Last Dinosaur and The View from Lazy Point (though I haven’t finished it yet). The review is over at the New York Times and is entitled “Review: Carl Safina’s ‘Beyond Words’ Doesn’t Mince Any on Animal Abilities” by Gregory Cowles.

Good night!

  

Green Librarian

Good news for elephants, tigers and orangutans

With all the depressing news these days about elephants, tigers, orangutans and the like, it’s nice to see some good news. It seems that WWF, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and The Orangutan Project (TOP) are taking a unique approach to conservation.

They will be actively managing a former logging forest known as Bukit Tigapuluh (or Thirty Hills) on the island of Sumatra, thereby protecting rather than exploiting the 40,000 hectares of forest land’s natural resources.

You can find out more in the article entitled “Long-term Protection Achieved for the Sumatran Forest” from WWF Global via the Environmental News Network.  A big thank you to the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful relationship with other groups following their lead.

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Sixth extinction

Each day I read about elephants, rhino’s, lions and other majestic beasts that human’s continue to try to elimnate yet as we enter what has been called by many as the “sixth extinction”, we find that the vast majority of species that are moving this way have actually been invertebrates.

This according to the article “Invertebrates Are Forgotten Victims of “Sixth Extinction”” by Christopher Intagliata over at Scientific American. So let’s keeping plugging along, one species at a time and as Christopher Intagliata says, if you care about this you just can’t give up.

Just as an FYI, it’s also the name of a book on my reading list, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert.

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Green Librarian