Archive for November, 2016

Coyotes & badgers

I have to say it’s a duo I would never have thought of as working together for a common goal, a meal. According to this article over at the Mother Nature Network entitled “Why coyotes and badgers hunt together: The two predators were recently photographed collaborating in Colorado, a fascinating example of interspecies teamwork” by Russell McLendon they’ve been doing it for a long time. Who knew!?

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Bison update

Okay, just to give a quick update on the Bison in Indiana, are officially back in Indiana. You can check this article out, along with a picture, courtesy of the Nature Conservancy entitled “Thank you“. As my son said to me earlier tonight when I told him the score of the St. Louis Blue hockey game, Wohoo!

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Big cat country up north

I must admit when I first read this article, I was a little surprised to learn that the fact that someone spotting two cougars or mountain lions is rare. I guess I just kind of assumed (I know, I know…) that the range for big cats is rather broad.

Anyway, you can learn more about the eye-witness account in the article “Cougar pair spotted fighting in northern Minnesota” by Dave Orrick over at the Bismarck Tribune. Pretty cool if you ask me. Ecosystems are healthiest when they are complete.

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Different shade of green

So I took my own advice today and went out to nearby Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park to see a different shade of green. Since I didn’t have my kids today, I took the path that they never want to take and I must say, we’re taking it next time. It reminded me of another park we went to a couple of weeks ago, Castlewood State Park.

The first two pictures are from Emmenegger Park:

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These two are from Castlewood:

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I only wish I would have had my kids today.

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Great Salt Lake

Okay, so I’ve been to the Great Lakes but I believe that I’ve also been to the Great Salt Lake in northern Utah. When I was younger, we use to take road trips to see my grandparents in San Diego and it was during those trips we visited (or at least drove by) the Great Salt Lake.

Reading the article entitled”Facts About Great Salt Lake” by Jessie Szalay at Live Science reminded me of those trips out west. Looking back now, I realize how lucky I was.

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Great Lakes

I would be the first to admit that going up to see Lake Superior and Lake Michigan this summer was pretty cool. I will also admit that I’ve always admired Lake Baikal over in Russian is also pretty cool. The fact that it holds 20% of the Earth’s unfrozen freshwater is also pretty amazing.

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Penguin’s in New Zealand

I’ve seen plenty of stories about tunnels being used to help animals cross roads but this is the first one I’ve seen for Penguin’s. In fact, I’ll admit, when I think of Penguins, New Zealand is not the first place I think of.

The article is entitled “Town builds New Zealand’s first penguin tunnel:  Tiny blue penguins have their own tunnel to protect them from traffic” by Noel Kirkpatrick over at the Mother Nature Network. Go Penguins!

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Dams

Dams and dam removal was one of the my favorite topics back when I started this blog nearly ten years ago. The book I was reading at the time was Deep Water by Jacques Leslie.

The article tonight that brought this all back is courtesy of American Rivers and entitled “Removing Dams Can Save Lives” by Jessie Thomas-Blate. There’s also a link where you too  can voice your opinion.

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CCC

For those of you who don’t know, CCC stands for the Civilian Conservation Corps, a group started by FDR back in the 1930’s to help maintain our national parks and in turn create jobs. When I was much younger, I was hoping they would start up the CCC again but, unfortunately that didn’t happened.

So when I came across this article over at High Country News, I was pleasantly surprised. The article is entitled “How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea: Maintenance issues abound, a new Civilian Conservation Corps could lend a hand” by Gundars Rudzitis. Oh, to be twenty something again!

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Giraffes

Okay, so now that I just learned a little more about the differences between Ravens & Crows, I’m suppose to be able to distinguish between the several species of Giraffes? It seems according to this article over at Scientific American a couple of months ago, there are four different species.

The article is entitled “Giraffe Genetics Reveal Four Separate (and Threatened) Species by John R. Platt. Of course you can also learn more about Giraffes in general and their struggles today, by checking out this article entitled “To Save These Rare Giraffes, Uganda Built an Ark (of Sorts) over at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Finally, feel free to also check out an earlier blog post of mine entitled Tall, silent and misunderstood and don’t forget, there will be a test next week, so read all of the articles and study.

Good Luck!

               

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