Archive for June, 2016

Welcome home

It’s always nice to see an animal re-introduced to a place where it once lived. That looks to be the case for the Arctic grayling fish in Michigan according to this article over at the Lansing State Journal entitled “Will long-gone Arctic grayling thrive again in Michigan?” by . Welcome back.

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Green Librarian

Summer at the lake?

When I came across this article the other day entitled“Why is Lake Abert Disappearing” by Rob Davis over at the Oregonian Newspaper after stumbling upon the article “When Water Turns to Dust” over at High Country News by Hillary Rosner (which unfortunately has no link), it instantly reminded me of Lake Mead and the recent record low that it hit earlier this year.

Here’s a great article on Lake Mead, entitled “Lake Mead reaches a record low” by over at Earthsky. This whole climate change is really  hitting home this summer. With the fires in Ft. McMurray (where one of the St. Louis Blues hockey players is from) and the fact now that we’ve been at 99 degrees here in St. Louis the last three days and it’s only June.

Ouch!

  

Green Librarian

Signature howls

I’ve probably  talked about it before but, I remember when we use to go to our cabin up north in Minnesota and we could on occasion hear wolves howling. Little did I know at the time that wolves have individual voices.

This according to the article entitled “You Can Tell Where a Wolf Is by the ‘Shape’ of Its Howl” by over at Science of Us magazine.

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Green Librarian

Forest rebirth

This is a really cool story about a forest that is reborn. In 2012 Conservation International began the Green Wall project, a reforestation in the Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park, about two hours’ drive from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

Four years later, the evidence is clear, according to the article entitled “Before and after: In four short years, new forest takes root” by . See for yourself in the amazing before and after pictures of not only the forest but the people who live there.

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Green Librarian

M & M’s

If you’re like most people, when you see the word (or letters) M & M’s, you think of candy. For this post however, we’re talking about Milkweed and Monarchs. This past spring I cut back the milkweed plant in the front yard and while I probably shouldn’t have done it, thankfully it came back.

So when I came across this post over at Treehugger, I immediately thought of our milkweed plant, along with a picture I have (and recently sent to a friend) of the kids and I  at a Monarch tagging event we went too and where my daughter tagged a few monarchs.

The article and video are entitled “The indescribable beauty of monarch butterflies filling the sky (video)” by Melissa Breyer. Hard to believe that this is where the Monarchs we tagged were headed too.

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Horseshoe crabs

As I’ve talked about before, horseshoe crabs are a favorite of mine, ever since I  read “Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind”  by Richard Fortey. So when I came across this article, I was disturbed.

The article is entitled “Medical Labs May Be Killing Horseshoe Crabs: Drawing the crabs’ blue blood for vital medical testing can condemn the animals to die, even after they are returned to the sea” by Caren Chesler. Hopefully, we’ll start to re-think how we treat them.

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Green Librarian

Take a walk

After all, it was the original form of transportation, that and running. Yesterday my youngest son suddenly showed interest in using his scooter now and an old bike that has been sitting on the porch for months on end.

I had plans to get rid of it and another one (both which had been given to us by friends) but after my daughter gave the first one to a friend of hers down the street who needed a newer one, my son suddenly decided he wanted the other one.

Anyway, I found this article on walking entitled “Walking is transportation too” by Lloyd Alter over at Treehugger a really good read on the importance of walking as a form of transportation. So take a walk! I did this afternoon with my two younger ones.

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Green Librarian