Archive for September, 2015

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs

I came across a review for this book over at the Wall Street Journal but unfortunately, it’s one of those articles where you need an account to access it. So I did the next best thing, I went to the author’s website.

The book is entitled “The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs” by Tristan Gooley and while I haven’t read it yet (though I have it on request at my local library) it sounds great.

It actually takes me back to the day when we would go out in the woods and look for turtles. It brought out your need to have good tracking skills. Maybe the kids and I will try to get out this weekend and find our way home.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Copenhagen, lighting the way

It seems that whenever people talk about what countries are leading the way environmentally, the Scandinavian countries are always near the top and in regards to energy use, Denmark is right there.

I was cleaning tonight when I came across this article entitled “Lighting the Way to a Green City” by Diane Cardwell over at the New York Times.With all the technology that we have, that region always seems to be light years ahead of us.

Lights out!

  

Green Librarian

The tiniest of life

So life as we know it has parts that come in all shapes and sizes. Well, according to this article, entitled “The Most Obscure Species Could Be Key to Saving the Planet” by Richard Conniff over at Takepart, it seems you never know who might be a key player in an ecosystem.

If you’ve ever played the game called Jenga, then your already ahead of the curve in translating that to how ecosystems work in nature. Check it out.

It might lead to realize how each action you take in your life might just play a role in nature and let you see how making changes, even small ones, can really make a difference.

Sincerely-
  

Steve

Life, as we know it

I remember in biology class back at college learning about classifying plants and animals with terms like kingdoms, classes, orders, families, etc…So when I read this article, I was reminded of that.

The article is entitled “New ‘tree of life’ links 2.3 million species” by Russell McLendon over at Mother Nature Network. Oh, those were the days (back in college, I guess).

Sincerely-
  

Green Librarian

Bioregions

When I came across this article tonight, I was immediately taken back to when I first learned about bioregions. These are areas bounded by natural rather than artificial borders that has characteristic flora and fauna and includes one or more ecosystems.

The article that took me there is entitled “Giant Panda Conservation Also Helps Other Unique Species in China” By John R. Platt over at Scientific American. I think it’s a perfect example of how much each and every species affects those around them. Sometimes it’s also nice to remember what got you where you’re going.

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Green Librarian

 

Wolves again

I wrote a post earlier this year entitle Wolves (about a book entitled A Wolf Named Romeo by Nick Jans). Unfortunately I skipped ahead when I was part way through and when I found out that the wolf would die, I knew I couldn’t finish the book (though I hope to one day).

Anyway, perhaps this article I’m writing about today will give the wolves up in California a better chance. It’s entitled “Wolf’s Return to California Stirs Debate by Jim Carlton at the Wall Street Journal. I’m also going to take my kids to our Endangered  Wolf Center here in St. Louis for their annual Wolf Fest. That should help too. To quote some old friends up in northern Minnesota, Ahh-woooooo!

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

In the childhood of my youth

Who knew that what I was doing back in my childhood outside was actually helping my cognitive development. It’s unfortunate to see that kids playing outside is something that’s happening less and less. While I work hard to get my kids outside, it’s not always easy.

So imagine my surprise when I found this article. It’s entitled “Climbing a tree can improve cognitive skills, researchers say” from the University of North Florida at Science Daily. Maybe this weekend we’ll go climb some trees.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Lost art

I must admit that I’ve always enjoy drawing, especially when it’s related to nature. My first major back in college in fact was art but I quickly learned that the only person’s opinion I care about when it came to my art was mine.

So when I came across this article at Scientific American entitled “Rediscovering the Forgotten Benefits of Drawing, by Jennifer Landin, Ph.D., it sort of took me back to that time. These days it’s my daughter who’s re-introduced to another form of art I use to enjoy, the art of photography.

Something my dad first introduced me to many years ago. Unfortunately, he passed away back in 1994. So for some reason tonight, I’m getting the urge to draw. I think I might pull out one of the drawing pads that I got for the kids (but they never use) and doddle a bit.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

El Nino for the new year

Granted, we still have nearly a quarter of the year to go, scientist are already looking at El Nino and how it might affect our weather this winter. In particular, they’re looking at California in regards to the drought this year and how it might affect rainfall in that area.

This article over at Earthsky, gives a very detailed explanation of what might happen and why. The article is entitled “El Niño this year: What will it bring?” by Catherine Gautier via the University of California at Santa Barbara. Good stuff!

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian

Monarch Madness!

So I did an earlier post entitled Monarchs and citizen science and I have to say it was a success. All the kids had a great time. My daughter and I even caught a Monarch or two. I caught one (which had already been tagged) but my daughter caught two (neither of which had been tagged).

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Since she was veteran with the second one, they let her tag it herself. Meanwhile my youngest son had a great time learning all about butterflies while my other son just liked hanging out. I also e-mailed my daughter some pictures so she can show her science teacher. A good time was had by all!

Yea!

  

Green Librarian