Celebrate Wildlife that Fly

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, dragonflies and all the other critters that fly are the focus of the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Week celebrations today. As I stated in yesterday’s post, I have long had a love of birds that I think started in a Golden Book of Birds that I treasured as a child. I […]

National Wildlife Week

From Monday, Mar 14 through Friday Mar 19 the National Wildlife Foundation is celebrating National Wildlife Week. The theme this year is “The Wildlife That Moves Us”. What is that for you?

For me it’s birds. I remember, as a child, having a copy of The Little Giant Golden Book of Birds […]

Citizen Science with Globe at Night

Night Sky from FreePhotos.com by Exsodus

Among my fondest childhood memories were the family drives to the desert near our home in Phoenix, Arizona. The time was the mid 1960s. We would drive to the desert, stopping along the way for A&W root beer floats. Once in the desert, near Globe, […]

The calming effect of routine

Image by Nuttakit from Freephoto.com

It seems to me that we Americans put a high premium on fancy vacations as a way to unwind from the stresses of the world. It also seems to me that we put so many expectations onto those vacations that they often fail to live up […]

World Wetlands Day 2011

February 2nd is always World Wetlands Day. It was Wednesday of last week.

Wetlands hold a special place in my heart. My first introduction to a wetland came when I was in 5th grade. I had just moved, that fall, from Arizona to a small town north of Boston. In the spring my 5th grade […]

What’s in a name?

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Okay, so language may not be the only tool to build connection but I think it is one of the most powerful ones. In his book, To Have or To Be, psychiatrist Erich Fromm puts forth the premise that language colors our whole perception of what […]

Free Play VS Purpose

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We are a purpose driven society. This is a good thing. It has led to improved medicine, communications, better health, more comfort to more people, and, I think, improved well being. Being purpose driven is what leads us to give to others even when there […]

out in the elements

Image by: Simon Howden; FreePhoto.com

Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are, of course, in the midst of winter (you southern hemisphere folk will have to wait till July). What winter looks like varies greatly from latitude to latitude. What winter usually does usually have as a common thread […]

14 Christmas Gifts for the Budding Naturalist

FreePhoto.com Image by Simon Howden

Shopping for the nature lover is easy. Gifts to help the nature lover, especially a budding one, can be simple and inexpensive. Gifts like these don’t usually require batteries or cables. The object of the game is to keep is simple. This is about connecting to […]

Decorating for the holidays, birdy style

Jay in Snow FreePhoto.com Image by Dr. Joseph Valks

It is the holiday season. A time for decorations and festive foods. In most parts of the the northern hemisphere it is also a time for the food supplies to be buried if you are a bird or an animal. While you […]