Archive for December, 2016

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

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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:

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So there you have it, her first showing.

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Green Librarian

Hot, hot, hot!

So with all the discussion on climate change these days, my question has always been how hot has it been in the past? I know that obviously we can’t go back in time but with all the work being done these days on climate, I was happy to perhaps finally have some sort of answer.

The article where I sort of learned the answer was entitled “What’s the hottest Earth has ever been?” by Michon Scott and Rebecca Lindseyn over at NOAA Cimate.gov and via . I have to say, it’s been hotter.

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Green Librarian

The tallest tree in Africa

So apparently the tallest tree on the continent of Africa is hidden in a remote valley on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Sort of an ironic place, don’t you think? Anyway, it was discovered twenty years ago but it was the location that kept it’s true height from being know until recently.

You can read about it in the article entitled “Africa’s tallest tree discovered towering on continent’s highest mountain: Giant has been hiding for decades in Mount Kilimanjaro valley” by Bryan Nelson over at the Mother Nature Network. Who Knew!?

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

Before there was oxygen

Hard to believe there is much evidence when it comes to this planet and yet, there is some. This according to the article entitled “2.5-Billion-Year-Old Fossils Predate Earth’s Oxygen” by Stephanie Pappas over at Live Science. Turns out it’s just on the other side of the world in South Africa. Very cool (or hot), depending on how you look at it.

Sincerely-

  

Green Librarian