Archive for October, 2015

Yearning for the sea

Despite the fact that I’ve spent most of my life living in the middle of the country, I been fortunate enough to visit both coasts several times in my life. When I was really young, I got the chance to see the ocean up in the Northeast (New York) then for several years we visited my grandparents out West in San Diego.

Later on, several friends and I went to Daytona Beach for Spring Break our senior year of high school. The last time was over twenty years ago (wow, it’s been that long!) when I went back up to Northeast again, this time to Cape Cod.

Anyway, I’ve always been drawn to the ocean and so when I came across this article and video on what they call “ghost nets”, I knew I had to post them. Ghost nets are nets left by fishing ships, nets that will continue to kill animals for many years to come.

The article is entitled “The Unseen Slaughter Under the Sea” by Taylor Hill and the video is entitled “Watch Divers Free Sharks and Other Marine Animals Caught in Deadly ‘Ghost Nets’” by Todd Woody, both over at Takepart.

One last note, what do you do with those old nets? Check out this article over at Remodelista entitled “DIY: Pot Holders Knit from Ocean-Tossed Twine” by Justine Hand. FYI, she does sell them as is noted towards the end of the article. I’m planning to this Christmas. They’ll make a great gift.


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Wolves rule

I know I’ve been writing quite a bit on wolves these days but this story is a must. It turns out that the Endangered Wolf Center here in St. Louis was recently able to welcome a pair of red wolves, along with their three pups to the center.

Red Wolves are the only wolves that live here strictly in the United States and once roamed between Texas and Missouri. The article is entitled “Rare red wolves find a new home at the Endangered Wolf Center near Eureka” by Steephen Deere over at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

It’s very cool to know that a local group is helping re-establish them.



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I think when people talk of migrations in nature, usually they talk about birds heading south for the winter, like they are beginning to now. However, it appears that plants too (in part perhaps because of climate change) can also migrate.

According to this article entitled “Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward? ” by Sarah Gilman over at High Country News it seems that the Yellow Cedar conifer tree up in Alaska is migrating north of there.



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Rocky photosynthesis

So according to a study over at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, rocks that formed at the ocean floor 3.2 billion years ago carry unmistakable evidence of oxygen. This according to the article “Ancient rocks record first evidence for photosynthesis that made oxygen” over at Science Daily.

It’s amazing to me how they can use that to deduct that the source of that oxygen is photosynthesis that long ago. Sort of story telling by the rocks,



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Passing of time

About a week ago, October 13th to be exact, it was the anniversary of my dad passing and so in part that was why the kids and I (along with my mom) went to the Wolf fest. It so happens that my dad’s ashes are spread out there as well.

When I came across this article I thought about that time again but in a different way. I was reminded of how we celebrated my dad’s life. I know that elephants get very emotional and mourn their dead but I now I know that crows also take the time to have a type of funeral.

The article is entitled “Why crows hold funerals for their dead” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network. Here’s to you dad.



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Weather animals

It’s that time of year again where the temps begin to go down and sweatshirts come out of the closet. We also begin to watch the weather, looking for the long-term forecast.

Despite that and even with talk of a large El Nino this year, some of us look no further than the woolly bear caterpillar. This according to Michael d’Estries in his article “Woolly bear caterpillars, meteorologists predict mild winter” over at the Mother Nature Network.

Sleep tight!


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Back in the day

I remember climbing (and falling out of ) trees when I was a kid but I must admit, I don’t recall my kids climbing trees. In fact when we went to a nearby park, they had trouble just climbing up the embankment of the river. Even with tree roots around to grab on too.

So I’m definitely going to buy this book, The Tree Climber’s Guide by Jack Cooke when it comes out next year. I read about it in the article entitled “You’re Never too Old to Climb a Tree” by Laura Moss at the Mother Nature Network.

Meanwhile, I think the kids and I are going to get back out again to climb a tree or at least the tree roots at that same embankment.



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Geology & photography

This article brought together two things that I’ve always enjoyed. I’ve been captivated by rocks and geology since I was a kid and now that my daughter has revived my interest in photography, something that I’ve not really enjoyed since my dad was around, this article really hit home.

The article is entitled “Marble Caves and Neolithic Stones Shine in UK Photo Contest” by Laura Geggel at LiveScience. Now if I could just take pictures like that.


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Wolf fest

So this weekend the kids and I made it out to Wolf Fest over at the Endangered Wolf Center and I have to say it was very cool. I remember to the only other time I went to see wolves was with a friend of mine and we went to one up in Indiana.

So with wolves in mind, I found this interesting article over at the Mother Nature Network entitled “Tracking British Columbia’s secretive sea wolf” by Jaymi Heimbuch. We got the chance to see both Mexican and Gray wolves this weekend but, we didn’t see (and I’d never heard of) sea wolves. Evolution at it’s finest.



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Works of Nature

Today I went on a field trip with my daughters class to a place called the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. It was enjoyable to see a group of kids having fun out in nature.

While the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is a place that at one time (during WWII) was used to store explosives. It’s good to see that it’s been reclaimed and is now a place used for recreation. This article however, also gives you food for thought in how that process works.

It’s entitled “Wildland restoration is like marriage: An imperfect work in progress” by Rob Pudim at High Country News. What I actually found most interesting though was the commentary. It’s a process that takes time.



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