Archive for December, 2015


This article in some ways took me back to kindergarten. How we use to walk to school when I was in kindergarten, once even getting lost and being late to school. I remember the path we use to take in the woods almost like it was yesterday.

I was also just talking with my co-workers the other day how my friends and I use to stay out as late as we good after school, usually not going in until our mothers called us for dinner.

We would be outside playing what we called 500 ball, kickball, tag and any number of other games in our neighborhood. On the weekends we would play in those same woods we walked to school in.

The article is entitled “German Kindergarten Campouts Test Helicopter Parents” by Jessica Holzer at the Wall Street Journal. In a way, the education they’re talking about in the article is what we got every day after school and on weekends, we just didn’t know it.



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So what is wilderness? That’s the question that the book “”Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man” by Jason Mark tries to answer. Unfortunately, I haven’t read the book yet but I did just interlibrary loan it since my library doesn’t own it. I’ll keep you posted.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. The article I came across about the book is entitled “Is there such a thing as wilderness anymore?Author Jason Mark looks for wilderness in the age of man and finds it in unexpected places” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network



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Owl prowl time

When the kids were younger, we use to go to Missouri Department of Conservation’s Owl Prowl (see page four of the handout for more information). In fact, I was thinking we might go again this year but we’ll see.

When I saw this article, it took me back to those times and good memories. The article is entitled “Get Wise to These Guys” by Gianne Brownell Mitic over at the Wall Street Journal. An owl prowl or owl safari as they calla it, in Siberia. How cool is that?!



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Welcome to winter

When I came upon this article over at Live Science it reminded me of how when the weather is warm like it is now in the middle of December, I must remember that winter has really only just begun.

The article is entitled “Winter: The Coldest Season” by Nola Taylor Redd. Meanwhile, I’ll just sit here waiting for the snow to fall as the sun continues to shine on a rather warm (mid-fifties) day.

Happy Holidays!


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Iceland in two parts

Okay, this post comes to you in two parts with both courtesy of Iceland. The first article is all about the geological nature of Iceland and the fact that southern Iceland includes a place where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly coming apart.

Check it out over at the Mother Nature Network in the article entitled “Take a dive inside the Icelandic fissure where 2 continents meet” by Catie Leary. The article has some really cool pictures, as well as, video.

The second post here, while still about Iceland, is about the books of Iceland. It turns out that “Icelanders have a beautiful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and then spending the night reading.”

You can read all about it, again over at Mother Nature Network, in the article entitled “The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve” by Katherine Martinko. What an amazing country.



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A Christmas gift from Cecil

So the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the African Lion an early Christmas gift this year and will officially “list —two lion subspecies, one native to India and central and western Africa, and the other to eastern and southern Africa—as endangered and threatened, respectively”.

In addition, there will be”a special rule to ensure that trophies are not imported into the U.S. unless they are from countries with a management plan for lions that has been approved by the U.S. government”.

You can check this article over at the Born Free USA website entitled “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Final Rule on African Lions!” Born Free has been working on this issue for the last four years. What I think needs to be added is Thank you Cecil!



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I love surprises!

Sometimes it’s when or where you least expect to find it. This article for example, entitled “Discovering Nature at Night” by Dan Zarlenga in the latest issue of Missouri Conservationist is my latest surprise.

Anyway, I had this issue stuffed in my backpack on the way to work and was just looking to take a break from my book (yes, the same one on Wales that I mentioned in an earlier post, What is Landscape?).

Anyway, I knew as soon as I found the article, I had to read it, as well as post it. Unfortunately I can’t look at the stars tonight but maybe tomorrow. I’m really excited about the full moon on Christmas. I can’t wait!



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Where’s the snow (or frost)?

So far this winter here in the Midwest, we’ve had zero snow and little frost and from the looks of the forecast into next week, there’s none on the horizon. All we’ve gotten so far is lots of rain.

Up north, there is also concern but it’s about a loss of whats called permafrost, the frozen soil that can stretch as much as 650 meters below the tundra’s surface.

With the warm weather there, it’s beginning to melt and because of this, there have been multiple studies on the subject. This according to the article entitled Five new studies that change our understanding of permafrost” by Krista Langlois over at High Country News.

For more information, check out the article entitled “The chilling science on Alaska’s melting permafrost , which is on one of the studies.

Stay tuned!


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What is landscape?

I came across a review of this book today in the weekend Wall Street Journal but, unfortunately you have to have a subscription just to view it on their website. So I did the next best thing, I found a review of What is Landscape? over on the publishers page.

What made the original review interesting is that it was written by Tristian Gooley, the author of a book I’m reading right now, The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs (Which in the U.K.. is The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and signs).

As soon as I’m done with this book and the one that I’ve been reading for what seems like forever, Wales : epic views of a small country by Jan Morris, then I’ll get right to this book.



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The Peace of Wild Things

I found this poem over at Earthsky tonight, courtesy of my aunt. It immediately led me to requesting a few of his books. That’s what we librarians do.

The Peace of Wild Things
By Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things” from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. Copyright © 1998.
Sweet dreams!


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