Archive for the ‘Conservation’ Category

Photography & kids

So last night I went to hear Missouri Department of Conservation photographer Noppadol Paothong speak at Powder Valley Nature Center. I not only learned a few things about nature photography, it also reiterated once again, that one of the best things I did for my kids was take them to several of the parks around town.

Towards the end of his talk, he talked about how he took his daughter out on one of his adventures and that he realized how lucky she was to see nature in all it’s beauty. It made me realize my kids were too.

The event was called “MDC photographer Noppadol Paothong to add encore presentation Feb 20 at Powder Valley Nature Center“. The best thing is, he’s speaking again tonight and I can definitely say, it was well worth the time.

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Green Librarian

Who, who…

Back when my kids were young, we use to do what was called an Owl Prowl with the Missouri Department of Conservation. So over the years I’ve come to really appreciate Owls. In fact, a few years ago at home, I actually had a conversation with an Owl. If you’ve heard this story before, then just jump ahead.

First the Owl did it’s usual call, then taking what I learned at the Owl Prowl’s, I responded. Then the owl replied, then I answered, anyway you get the idea. So this article touched my heart when read it.

The article is entitled “Firefighters save great horned owl from ashes of California wildfirebyMary Jo DiLonardo over at Mother Nature Network. Whooo doesn’t love a great owl story?!

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Green Librarian

Africa and conservation

I must say that after my grandparents gave me a set of five wooden animals including a leopard, antelope, elephant, giraffe and rhinoceros which were actually carved in Kenya, my love for these animals began.

Africa

So seeing this article on conservation in Namibia was refreshing in a small way. The article is entitled “Namibia: Africa’s Conservation Success Story” by Laura Moss over at the Mother Nature Network. Here’s hoping the animals in Namibia outlive my wooden animals and perhaps none the worse for ware than my collection.

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Green Librarian

Looking back at my kids

Reading this article let me know that I did it right in terms of getting my kids interested in nature. This article, entitled “5 Ways to Get Your Family Interested In Nature” over at the Student Conservation Association, is a great read on just how to do that. For me, all five really worked well but as a librarian you can probably guess, number four is my favorite.

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Green Librarian

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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Halloween candy

ow my kids will tell you that I try not to buy products with palm oil, so I will make sure to show them this article that I found over at our local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s entitled “Buying Halloween candy? Zoos want you to check labels to help endangered animals” by .

I would also add while I’m not fond of zoo’s in general, this is something I’m definitely proud of, this and the zoo’s Hellbender program. That project helps in the conservation of amphibian and reptiles in Missouri.

One individual in particular who helps out with this program is Dr. Jeff Briggler, the Missouri state herpetologist and the man who also leads the Amphibian Night program my kids have all enjoyed with the Missouri  Department of Conservation.

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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

Phantom Forest Conservation Area

Today  the kids and I walked a new trail over in the Phantom Forest Conservation Area. It’s a rather small green space, only about thirteen acres total but the view from the top is pretty nice.

That’s where the remains of an house sit, along with a small plaque describing the area. It belong to Ray and Claire Moore and it turns out that he, was the illustrator of the Phantom Comic.

I also took a few pictures. Here’s one of my favorites:

PineTree

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Green Librarian

Good news for elephants, tigers and orangutans

With all the depressing news these days about elephants, tigers, orangutans and the like, it’s nice to see some good news. It seems that WWF, the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and The Orangutan Project (TOP) are taking a unique approach to conservation.

They will be actively managing a former logging forest known as Bukit Tigapuluh (or Thirty Hills) on the island of Sumatra, thereby protecting rather than exploiting the 40,000 hectares of forest land’s natural resources.

You can find out more in the article entitled “Long-term Protection Achieved for the Sumatran Forest” from WWF Global via the Environmental News Network.  A big thank you to the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a beautiful relationship with other groups following their lead.

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Green Librarian

 

This is what I’m talking about

I found this article this afternoon in the Missouri Conservationist and I have to say, I really like what he said.The article is entitled “Note to Our Readers Engaging in Conservation” by Tim Ripperger.

I would like to think that over the years, that’s how I’ve tried to live my life. With this blog, while the topics may vary greatly, I write about what interests me.

As a father, I simply try to get my kids to get outside and enjoy nature.  Maybe they won’t have the passion that I have but as long as they have fun, it can be a life long adventure. In fact, the last couple of weekends, I’ve even taken one of their cousins with us and I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a great time.

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Green Librarian