Archive for September, 2016

Close to home

So tonight I’m staying close to home as I post a nice article I found here in my local paper, the Webster-Kirkwood Times. It’s entitled “Earthly Beasts Beware!” by Don Corrigan. I must say I agree.

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Green Librarian

Monarchs, circa 2011

So last weekend the kids and I went out our local park to tag some monarchs, only to come up empty handed. Being a librarian, my first question was why? Well, according to the volunteers out that day, they had tagged over fifty the last few days. My first thought was that it had rain quit a bit the day before.

Then much to my surprise, as I was sitting and waiting to catch a ride on our local mass transit train one afternoon (instead of in the morning like I usually do) the following week, I counted six monarchs in the course of maybe twenty minutes.

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Green Librarian

Good & dirty

Here is another moment where the article I’m going to write about isn’t available unless you have access to the Wall Street Journal. The article is entitled ” Get Your Children Good and Dirty” by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta.

The upside here however, is that the essay is adapted from their new book Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child From an Oversanitized World. Me, I’ve already requested it from my local library.

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Green Librarian

Antarctica geology

So I started reading the book Roadside Geology of Missouri by Charles G. Spencer this week and I have to say, it’s a hard read but only in the fact that it’s chock full of information. Fortunately I’ve read enough to at least begin to understand this article on Antarctica.

The article is entitled “Scientists may have solved a key riddle about Antarctica — and you’re not going to like the answer over at the Washington Post. Now, back to the book.

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Green Librarian

Fading forests

Reading this article makes me appreciate forests even more. It’s entitled “Ghost forests are eerie evidence of rising seas”   over at the Grist. While I’m not around forest much these days, I’m much more aware of the smaller things in life. Like the grasshoppers and bugs in my front yard.

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Green Librarian

Horses

With my daughter signing up for her first official horse competition today, coming up in October, this article seemed appropriate. It also has a little bit for me as I’ve always loved history and in fact, I once took a class on Icelandic History which looking back now, was the best history class I ever had.

The article is entitled “How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses” from over at Science Daily. I’m so proud of my daughter.

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Green Librarian

VIA Rail Canada and Trans Canada Trail

Back when my oldest son was still quite young, I acquired a videotape of the VIA Rail Canada train and I must admit, I rather enjoy it as well. It’s about a train that runs east and west, from Toronto to Vancouver, Canada.  I still think it would be something fun to do one day with him and maybe all of my kids.

Anyway, I recently came across an alternative route that is a little more environmentally friendly, called the Trans Canada Trail. All told, it runs over 15oo miles, starting in Newfoundland and stretching west across the great white, as well as, north to British Columbia.

The article on the Trans Canada Trail is entitled “World’s longest car-free trail stretching 15,000 miles to open next year in Canada” by Tafline Laylin over at Inhabitat. Something tells me if we do one, it will probably be the VIA Rail Canada. At least it’s still environmentally friendly in that it’s public transportation.

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Green Librarian

 

Europe’s oldest tree

So tonight I came across a great article on Europe’s oldest tree, which happens to reside in Greece, where a good friend of mine lives. This tree is over one thousand and seventy-five years old.

The article is entitled “This is Europe’s oldest living tree” by over at . Oh, to be in Greece tonight!

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Green Librarian

The Forest Unseen

I learned so much about what lies and lives beneath and around the trees in a forest from the book The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell. All I can say is that this is a great book and I highly recommend it.

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Green Librarian

Birth of a butterfly

Years ago, when my kids were little, we had two caterpillars that we kept in a glass jar and  which later spun into their cocoons. By winter, I thought they were dead but low and behold, next spring they were born again as butterflies. We then released them.

So this year we had a couple of Monarch caterpillars on our milkweed plant in the front yard. The difference was, I never saw them spin their cocoons. While I don’t know what happened to the second one, the first one was born again this morning. Check out the picture.

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Turns out in a couple of weeks, we’re going to a Monarch tagging event being held by the Missouri Department of Conservation. I can’t wait.

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Green Librarian