Archive for the ‘Missouri’ 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.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Parks

So it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. That’s mostly in large part just because of  work and life, not necessarily in that order. That said, the other thing I’ve been able to do is go out on my own and take pictures, all in some of the local parks where I live.

So tonight’s article is about someone else, also from St. Louis, whose doing that though on a much bigger level. The article is entitled “St. Louis man on a mission to visit all 419 national parks will finish at Arch.

While I doubt I’ll ever get the chance to go to all 419 national parks, I’ll at least continue to visit those here in the area and perhaps some in northern Minnesota, where our family cabin is.

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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

Black bear, black bear

It turns out that shortly after we got back from Minnesota, our neighbor up north told my sister he had seen a black bear between our two cabins around that time. Then after we got home, I was going through some old issues of the Missouri Conservation magazine when I came across this article on Black Bears in Missouri.

The article is entitled “Make Way for Bearsby Francis Skalicky over at the Missouri Conservationist Magazine. Sounds like they’re getting around, which at least to me, is a good thing.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Winter of days gone by

So, looking back at this winter so far, I’m a bit reminded of winters from my childhood. The difference being that this year’s winter happened most years, minus perhaps the arctic vortex that we got last week.

So while we lived in Minnesota only for a couple of years when I wasn’t even in school yet and when we do visit these days, it’s in the summer time, this article reminded me of the Minnesota (and even Missouri) winters of my childhood.

The article is entitled “Minnesota winters ain’t what they used to be over at the Grist. Oh, for the winters of days gone by, when I was in school. Now if I just get work to take a snow day. Hmmm?

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Green Librarian

Ozark rivers

I have to admit that I’ve only been down to the Ozarks a couple of times, to the best of my recollection. I’ve also never had the chance to canoe any of the rivers down there. I have however stumbled up mussel shells along the Meramec river, a little further north in St. Louis, with my kids over the years.

So even though we’ve worked to improve these rivers here in Missouri, according to the article entitled “Andy Ostmeyer: Unsettling Questions Linger Along Ozark Rivers” over at the Joplin Globe, we still have some work to do. Hoping to make Aldo Leopold proud.

Sincerely-

 

Green Libarian

 

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