Archive for the ‘Midwest’ Category

Tornado alley is moving

As someone who thought we already live in tornado alley, it’s not exactly what you hear that actually tornado alley is moving closer to you. This according to the article entitled “Tornado Activity Rising Farther East, Including Missouri and Illinois, but Scientist aren’t Sure Why” by Seth Borenstein at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Watching the movie Twister the other day, certainly didn’t help either.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

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Confluence

I must admit I forget that I live and work near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, the two biggest rivers in the United States and they meet right here in the Midwest.

The article here tonight is entitled “Trumpeter Swans’ Population Comeback on Full Display at the Confluence” by Bryce Gray over at our own St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s nice to talk about people here in St. Louis making a difference, one bird at a time.

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Green Librarian

Spring time?

Okay it’s true, I’m a big fan of migrations but I prefer one’s that are on schedule.With all the temperature swings this year, at least here in the Midwest, I’ve been a little worried about the timing.It seems that the sandhill crane migration is already started along the Platte River. The question is, is it too early?

Just like last night, I have two articles but this time, they’re both on the crane migration. The first one is entitled “‘Magical’ crane season only weeks away” by over at the Lincoln Journal Star. It gives the details on when and where.

Enjoy!

  

Green Librarian

Mountain lions and elk

Who knew we’d have both here in the state of Missouri during my life time. I have to same I’m a little hopeful that maybe one day we’ll have mountain lion cubs here too. The fact that a female showed up is actually pretty cool.

The article where you can learn more about the mountain lions here in Missouri is entitled “Confirmed report of female mountain lion raises questions about the future of the species in Missouri” by over at the . Very cool!

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Green Librarian

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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Green Librarian

Monarchs in the midwest

Yes, I know winter is upon us. We’ve already been fortunate enough to have our first polar vortex of the season (see my earlier post entitled Polar vortex, landcane…) and now we’re getting ready to have a rainy day weekend. Who knew?!

Anyway, every day I walk outside to go to work and the first thing I see is a milkweed plant that my daughter and I planted this summer. According to this article over at the New York Times entitled “For Monarchs, a Long Road Back“, we might have made it worse (but I will have to get back to you on that).

Here’s hoping we did the right thing!

 

Green Librarian