Savannah, Georgia, USA at Forsyth Park Fountain.

The Top 15 US City Parks

In the midst of the teeming bustle of a city, it can be difficult to get out into a forest, mountain, or ocean setting when we need it. Fortunately, most cities have created spaces where we can still get the benefit of nature’s healing and soothing powers. Because of that, we are able to spend…

TSS Summer Camps

Charity Spotlight: Teton Science Schools

This week’s charity spotlight is the Teton Science Schools (TSS). Proceeds from The Nature Store will go to benefit TSS from May 22 through May May 28. To tell you more about TSS, I believe that in this particular case, telling the story of how they got started will give you the best understanding of…

seasonal changes

Spring, Our Greatest Indicator of a Changing Climate

One of the greatest perks of living in a temperate region like the Mid-Atlantic is experiencing the on going march from one season into the next. The most recent transition from winter to spring is one of my favorites. Every year I am amazed by the relative speed with which trees come back from their…

cicadas

The Return of the Cicadas, Brood V

The noise will be almost constant as the males assemble in huge “choirs” to sing and attract mates. They’ll hit windshields, annoy bicyclists, possibly damage young trees, and scare the living crap out of you by landing in your hair. They’re cicadas, specifically 17-year cicadas, or periodical cicadas, which have spent the past 17 years…

Red knots and horseshoe crabs

Red Knot and Horseshoe Crab

Deborah Cramer, whose beautifully titled Pulitzer prize winner, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey,┬ácelebrates the courageous — even miraculous — life of the red knot, spoke at the Library Society in Charleston, South Carolina on May 11. It was too far for me to attend, but I heard…

Topped trees

The Evil Practice of Topping a Tree

Melodramatic titles aside, good tree care is a serious deal. When properly cared for, a tree can boost property value, provide shade, shelter wildlife, and even improve human well-being. Bad management practices, such as topping, can turn an otherwise wonderful tree into a potential safety hazard for many years in the future. To tell us…

sea turtle rehabilitation

Charity Spotlight: Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a non-profit education and ocean conservation facility located on the Atlantic Ocean in Palm Beach County, Florida. The facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles, and other coastal creatures. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquaria and displays of local wildlife, as well…

Nesting pelicans

Watch Nesting Pelicans Live on the Pelicam

The Crab Bank ‘Pelicam,’ in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, brings you live video of nesting pelicans. Special thanks goes to Charleston Harbor Pilots, Stasmayer, Mount Pleasant Radio, and the SC Department of Natural Resources for making the Crab Bank Pelicam possible. Located just offshore of Mount Pleasant in Charleston Harbor, SC, within paddling distance of…

Alief Elsik High School

My Thoughts on ‘Place Attachment’

It’s been a week since the Jane’s Walk celebration weekend around the world, and I’ve been thinking more about how Jane Jacobs led the way in advocating for a place-based, community-centered approach to urban planning — now called the placemaking movement. The placemaking movement is focused on strengthening the elements that make places engaging, livable,…

Outdoor School

Charity Spotlight: Audubon Society of Portland

Their Mission: To promote the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. This week, May 8 though May 14, all proceeds from The Nature Store will benefit the Audubon Society of Portland. Canyon Wren by David Lukas, Audubon Society of Portland Founded in 1902, they currently hold a prestigious 4-star…

Hummingbird nest

Three New Webcams

Three new webcams have been added to the site! Shark cam: This really cool cam is located in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off the coast of North Carolina and has tons of marine life. Mostly you see fish (which hysterically seem like they’re all looking right at the camera), but occasionally you see a…

Earthshine

Stunning Example of Earthshine

ESO/Petr Horalek Sometimes you see a photograph that’s just so wonderful you can’t wait to show it to other people. That shot above is one of those photos. It was taken by Petr Horalek, a European Southern Observatory Ambassador — the ambassadors are a group of excellent photographers who shoot pictures of the ESO observatories…

Turtle's Eye View

A Turtle’s Eye View of the Reef

Ever wonder what life looks like below the surface in the Great Barrier Reef? See it through the eyes of a sea turtle. To better understand the post-release behavior of tagged green turtles, conservationists carefully fastened a GoPro to the back of a female sea turtle. The footage the camera collected gives us a unique…

Mercury transit

Your Astro Guide for May 2016

Mars will be at opposition on May 22. Opposition occurs when the sun and Mars are on opposite sides of the Earth. That means Mars will be the brightest it’s been in 11 years, with a magnitude of -2.1. This is the great opportunity to observe the “red planet.” Jupiter will be above the horizon…

Hawaiian Monk Seal

7 Hawaiian Monk Seals: Happy, Healthy & Home Again

After eight months of rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, a Hawaiian monk seal hospital, seven young seals are strong enough to return to their ocean home. It’s been just a week since the release of the first of the seven Hawaiian monk seals — Kilo — was released back into the wild, and she’s already…