Archive for the ‘Humans’ Category

150 Migration paths (simultaneously)

So I written several post’s on the migration paths of various animals but here’s an article and video that talk about and show the migration paths for 150 animals, all at the same time. The article is entitled “Watch 150 Animal Species Roam the Globe in This Amazing Migration Animation” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger.

There is also a link in the article to Movebank, an online database of animal tracking data where researchers can share their data. I think the article does a really nice job of showing how other species work in harmony with the planet, rather than against it.



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Heading south

Well, I’m always up for a migration story but this time, were talking about one that took place thousands of years ago right here in North America. That’s according the article entitled “Ancient Bones Spark Fresh Debate over First Humans in the Americas:A study of remains found in southern California puts an unknown human species in the New World more than 100,000 years earlier than expected—but critics aren’t buying it” by Kate Wong at Scientific American.

In some ways, it’s a follow up to another article entitled “First humans arrived in North America a lot earlier than believed“ from the Universite de Montreal over at Science Daily. This is an article talks about some human regarding the Yukon region in Canada while the first article talks about some mastodon bones that were found further south in San Diego.



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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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What is language

Okay, it’s sort of a play on word on the book I’m reading right now entitled What is Landscape  by John R. Stilgoe. In that book, the author spends a lot time going over the variations and definition of words used throughout the world used to describe landscape over the last several hundred years.

In this article, entitled “Why do languages have different sounds for the same animals? Farm animals don’t oink and moo everywhere around the globeLaura Moss discusses the words used by humans to describe the sounds animals make and the variations of those words by languages throughout the world. Who knew we had so much in common with the rest of the animal kingdom?



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Passing of time

About a week ago, October 13th to be exact, it was the anniversary of my dad passing and so in part that was why the kids and I (along with my mom) went to the Wolf fest. It so happens that my dad’s ashes are spread out there as well.

When I came across this article I thought about that time again but in a different way. I was reminded of how we celebrated my dad’s life. I know that elephants get very emotional and mourn their dead but I now I know that crows also take the time to have a type of funeral.

The article is entitled “Why crows hold funerals for their dead” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network. Here’s to you dad.



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The tiniest of life

So life as we know it has parts that come in all shapes and sizes. Well, according to this article, entitled “The Most Obscure Species Could Be Key to Saving the Planet” by Richard Conniff over at Takepart, it seems you never know who might be a key player in an ecosystem.

If you’ve ever played the game called Jenga, then your already ahead of the curve in translating that to how ecosystems work in nature. Check it out.

It might lead to realize how each action you take in your life might just play a role in nature and let you see how making changes, even small ones, can really make a difference.



Cats and dogs and people, oh my!

Here are two  stories, one about a cat and one about a dog and how perhaps we humans can  get along withthem if we just work together.

The first story, “Lonely Cougars Look for Love in Southern California” by Sheila V. Kumar at the Wall Street Journal. Here we have the state of California and several interest groups looking to build the cougars their own freeway overpass, in order to help them survive in our highway world.

The other article is entitled “Coyote Struck by SUV, Gets Stuck in Bumper” by David Strege at GrindTV. This kind soul not only took him to a rehabilitation center, he also helped pay for the expenses.



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Co-op living, that’s the life for me

When I read this article this morning, it took me  back to a time long before the world of libraries. I had a good friend of mine at Waldenbooks, where we both worked, that use to talk about  starting a co-op. In fact, he already had a couple of people lined up,  another co-worker and myself.

The article is entitled Co-operative Birds Motivated by Family Ties” over at at Planet Earth Online by Alex Peel.  Apparently we’re not the only species who want to live in co-ops.

Night, night!


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Humans vs. Nature

I think this article may help answer this question. The article is entitled “Of Fish, Monsoons and the Future: A Push to Save Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake” by Chris Berdik over at the New York Times.

It’s a great article looking at the role of human activity on nature. As is stated towards the end,”Tonle Sap project is designed to capture those interactions and look for their consequences, often unintended”.

Worth a look!


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Human’s toll on nature

This video no doubt, shows just what the effect of humans is on nature. Unfortunately it’s not good. The video is “The Animals of Chernobyl” over at the New York Times.

The question remains however, what are we doing to ourselves?



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