Archive for December, 2016

The migration to end all migrations

Thought I am a fan of migrations, I certainly was not aware of this insect migration across southern England.  The article entitled “3.5 trillion insects migrate high across southern England skies each year” by Deborah Netburn over at the LA Times and she goes into detail about this study recently published in the journal Science. According to the study’s author, Jason Chapman, they are starting similar work in Texas. Wow!

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Poetry night

So lately I’ve been writing a little poetry and I thought I would post this one on Winter entitled When Snow Comes Calling:

From tip to tip
And wing to wing
The view is clear
While the birds still sing

The sky is blue
The leaves have fallen
Winter will arrive
When snow comes calling

Sincerely-

       

Green Librarian

 

Christmas giving

So every year my kids and I choose who to give money too? This year both my boys decided to give to the Smile Train, while my daughter gave to PETA and the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign.

I choose to give to the International Rescue Committee but, with the end of year coming up and no doubt some double or triple matches, I’ll probably try and give to another environmental group.

The question is, which ones? We try to do different ones each year, so as to spread it around. There is so much work to be done.

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Green Librarian

Okay, back to the great lakes region

So I came across this article a few days ago courtesy of the Duluth News Tribune and it’s a  sad story,in large part because of the reason for the decline. The article is entitled “National Park Service wants to bring new wolves to Isle Royale.

I’m happy though that the National Park Service wants to get involved. After all, like so many others animals, wolves are one of my favorites.

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Green Librarian

The far north

It’s one thing to head north to Minnesota but it’s another thing to talk about the far north. To read this article in the New York Times was heart breaking. The article is entitled “Polar Bears’ Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village .

To me, the polar bear is one of the most majestic animals around and hopefully we figure out what to do to help them and all of the animals on this planet, including the humans. Let’s hope it happens soon!

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Green Librarian

 

Loon news

This article was one of those that hit close to home, as the loon is one of those animals that I’ve grown up around every summer since we started heading north to Minnesota. The nice part is that the news is good.

The article is entitled “Recovery: Saving Loons from Lead Fishing Tackle” by over at the Nature Conservancy. To me, their just a beautiful animal. If you don’t believe me, just check out this photo:

MNLoon

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Green Librarian
 

40 years

It’s hard to believe and yet, it isn’t. This plastic container has been around for forty years, since 1976.

plastic

Even though I came across this photo earlier in the week (courtesy of my aunt), a couple of weeks ago I suddenly decided to start reducing my dependency on plastic bags. I’ve been doing it at the grocery store for years but, now I’m trying to always have a reusable bag wherever I shop. So far, it hasn’t been easy but, wish me luck. I guess you could call it my new years resolution.

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Green Librarian

First coyotes and badgers, now eagles and vultures

While I was rather surprised (as I mentioned in my Coyotes and Badgers post last month) to learn that those two animals  sometimes work together, I can see how Eagles and Vultures would want to team up.

I found out about their relationship in the Ask MDC  (page 5) section of the December 2016 issue of the Missouri Conservationist. My question is, whose next?

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Green Librarian

Bees of the sea

I like the title of this article so much I decided just to go with it. Who knew that there were actually marine animals that pollinated plants in the ocean just like bees and other animals on land.

To learn more, check out the article entitled “Like bees of the sea, plankton pollinate plants For the first time, scientists have shown that an ocean plant is pollinated by zooplankton and other tiny marine animals.” by Russell McLendon over at Mother Nature Network. How cool is that?!

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Green Librarian

Animal art

Tonight I thought I would post some more pictures but, instead of ones that the kids or I have taken out on a walk, I thought I would post some that my daughter made last weekend when she was sitting around sick.

This first one is my favorite, entitled Bears:

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And this one is her favorite, entitled Fox:

fox2

So there you have it, her first showing.

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Green Librarian