Archive for January, 2016

Nature, play and pause

Reading this article tonight took me back to some of the activities the kids and I have done over the years. We’ve done Monarch butterfly tagging, Amphibian Night, Owl Prowl, just to name a few.

In fact, tomorrow, the kids and I are going to Raptor Night (which we did once before) over at one of our local parks to check out some of the local birds here in the Midwest. We’re also hoping to maybe see one of our old neighbors because they had a couple of hawks that they use to take to this show back then.

We’re also going to check our a nearby river, the Meramec, this weekend. When it rain for three straight days here in Missouri, some of our local rivers flooded, including this one. From what I’ve seen, it’s taken back a little of the area and I’m curious to see what’s changed.

Now with all this said, we’ve also done less of this but that’s in part due to the fact that they’ve also started to find their own interest and for me that was hard. It took a while to adjust to that but, I’ve come to accept it, we just do less. I know they still all like nature and I just want to make sure we take that time now and then.

Sweet Dreams!


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So we finally had our first real snow fall last week and while it wasn’t much, something like a couple of inches, it made me realize how much I miss snow. The weekend before that, I tried the experiment of taking boiling water and throwing it into the air on a cold night but, unfortunately it wasn’t cold enough.

Anyway, tonight (despite no snow), I thought I would post this article entitled “This is how snowflakes are born (video)” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. If that doesn’t work for you, how about this poem by Wendell Berry entitled Like Snow:

Suppose we did our work
like the snow, quietly, quietly,
leaving nothing out

Snowy dreams!


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Westward migration

I’ve read about some amazing journey’s, at least in terms of the distance, such as sea turtles and monarch butterflies but this one is surprising in the fact that there are several groups all working together to help out Mule Deer’s in Wyoming.

The article is entitled “An Incredible Journey” by James Gorman over at at the New York Times. It’s the story of Mule Deer and their 150 mile journey from the Red Desert to near Jackson, Wyoming, crossing over both public and private land. With a little luck, maybe they’ll set a precedent for others as to how to work together.



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Owls coming into their own

Unfortunately we didn’t make the Owl Prowl this year but I did come across this article on Owls tonight as I was cleaning out old copies of the Science Times (from the New York Times) from my closet.

It also reminded me of an earlier post I did a couple of months ago on Owls in Russia entitled Owl Prowl Time. This article, entitled “The Owl Comes Into Its Own” by Natalie Angier over at the New York Times, is about the work of the Global Owl Project. Now, back to our regularly scheduled cleaning.



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Great Whites

Like many people, I think that sharks are one of the most misunderstood animals on the planet.  I know that I call myself the Green Librarian, but I do love blue too and all it’s inhabitants.

Even though the helicopter crew in this article couldn’t just go up and measure this amazing animal, it’s hard to dispute the fact that it is huge or as they said, “It’s the biggest I’ve ever seen…”.

To learn more, check out the article entitled “Massive great white shark off Australia said to be ‘the size of Jaws’  by at GrindTV. Oh how I wished I could visit the oceans again. Or at least take my kids there. Maybe one day.



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Two maps in one (post)

I don’t often post about two articles but tonight I’ve decided too, in large part because they both include maps. The first article, entitled “First ever digital geologic map of Alaska by the United States Geological Survey and over at Science Daily, has an awesome map and as I think I’ve said before, I do love maps.

The other article, while not about a map, does have a pretty cool map that goes along with it. It’s entitled “Intriguing Seismic Activity along the Cascadia Subduction Zone” by Dana Hunter and also over at Science Daily. Like her, I’m sort of a geology junkie too.



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Candy the hamster

This morning wasn’t the best morning in our household. Candy the hamster passed away. She’s my daughter’s pet and unfortunately she was at her mom’s house this morning, so she doesn’t know yet. She was a beloved pet in our house. One of two, along with Oreo, our black and white cat.

While I know I will always have my favorite animals, to me they are all special. As I said to Candy this morning when I discovered she was gone, Sweet Dreams. We will miss you.



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Songbird forests

Now I’ve talked about forests and even unseen forests (of trees), but never have I read about a forest of songbirds. If want to you learn about these forests, check out this article over at the Mother Nature Network entitled “‘Songbird Forest’ expands to save species” by Russell McLendon.

Tweet, tweet!


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Cloudy days

Okay, so here in the Midwest or  St. Louis to be more precise, we’ve really had no snow to speak of. We’ve had lots of rain (though mostly just during a long weekend), around seven inches all told, a couple of weeks ago.

Now what we have had lots of and for what seems like forever, is clouds. To most of us, clouds are just those big white cotton balls that hang out in the sky and usually hold water in them.

We’ll apparently there’s more to them than meets the eye. Check out this article entitled “Antarctica’s clouds are a big mystery to climate scientists over at the Grist. Who knew?!



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Where the wild animal sings

I came across this article today over at High Country News. It’s an article that  combines my kind of music with nature, something I don’t always come across

In fact, the minute I found that one of the musicians mentioned in the article wrote a song (sung by one of my favorite bands) that’s on my music player, I knew it was the article to post.

The article is entitled “The obscure music where wild animals sing from the heart” by Pat Ford. Now if you get the chance, check out Whispers of the North by Gordon Lightfoot and listen to the loon at the beginning. Good stuff!



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