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Birds in flight

I had no idea that I would be writing this post tonight about birds. I simply sat down to watch television and as they say, the rest is history. First, I watched a PBS special on the Passenger Pigeon entitled “From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, a film by David Mrazek and Joel Greenberg.

What surprised me was, that among the people they interviewed in the film, was a gentleman from the Lost Bird Project. A few months ago my daughter found an origami passenger pigeon in an old magazine which she was using for a school project and was nice enough to give it too her younger brother. After he was done with it, it I got in touch with the group who created that origami bird and it turned out to be the Lost Bird Project.

The next thing I know, I e-mailed them to see if we could get some more of the paper birds (which we were able too). I also ended up getting my son a really cool t-shirt of the passenger pigeon. After I finished watching that show, next up was of course, the Lost Bird Film. What a great night of television!



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Meanwhile, a little closer to home

Just the other day, as I was waiting to take the Metrolink to work, I noticed a small bug walking in between sections of the platform and I wished that I had a camera to get a picture. So when I read this article tonight, “A Short Safari In a Small Oak Tree” by Alex Wild over at the Scientific American Compound Eye Blog, I thought hey I need to get my camera out this weekend for all of the small worlds.

Just like in Horton Hears a Who, there are lots of small worlds within ours.



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The day of the Lorax and super storm Sandy

One of the first things I stumbled upon today over at MNN  was the fact that February 14th besides being Valentine’s day, is also the day that the original Lorax premiered on television (you can read about it here).  I remember a few years ago when I took my oldest two children to see it on Earth Day and they just loved it.

Now for those of you who have read the book, it all starts with the trees and so imagine my surprise when I saw this video on how one individual is taking all of the trees lost through super storm Sandy and as the old saying goes, ” making lemonade out of lemons by producing these beautiful bowls from those fallen trees. In addition, some of the profits are going to help others. Check it all out at “Artist gives new life to Sandy’s fallen trees” by Melissa Bryer, also at MNN.

Those trees, those Truffula Trees!


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Roar like a lion

While spring  definitely roared last week, it also seemed to be a time for lions as well with a nice article on some rescued lions plus a couple of good films.

First up is the feel good story about a group of circus lions entitled “25 Ex-Circus Lions to Be Air Lifted from Bolivia to Colorado by Alex Davies at Treehugger.

Next up is this new documentary on lions called “The Last Lions” over at National Geographic.

Finally, there’s a documentary over at PBS on the cats from Born Free entitled  “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story“. Check it out.


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One more (very) short film

Here’s one I forgot to post earlier. It’s over at Ecoscraps and is entitled “A Short History of America” by Robert Crumb.


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Movie friday

Being that it’s friday, I thought I would start with something I don’t usually talk about, movies. Here are a couple of movies that sound very interesting.

The first one goes back to the book Lake Effect. It’s entitled “The Disappearing Male” over at Green Daily by Patricia Maryville-Cox.

The other one is a bit more festive (though Christmas is over) and is entitled “Christmas in Yellowstone” also over at Green Daily by Kelly Leahy.


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I almost forgot, King Corn and Twinkie, deconstructed

I must say, between “King Corn” (movie) by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis and “Twinkie, deconstructed” (book) by Steve Ettlinger, I have been enlightened on corn. I highly recommend both. I’m still trying to finish up Twinkie, deconstructed but I managed to see King Corn last night on Independent Lens (PBS) and it was very good.



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