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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

8 Most Toxic Chemicals In Your Cleaning Products

I’m sorry to break the bad news, but it’s time for spring-cleaning. And that means a lot of consumers will be, rather ironically, bringing toxic-laden cleaning products into their homes. Don’t feel bad! Americans assume such products are safe or they wouldn’t be sold. But the fact is, there are more than 80,000 unregulated and…

“Jane’s Walk” Globally Honors a Legend

“No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at the boulevard of Paris, as the City Beautiful people did; and they can’t find it by looking at suburban garden cities, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.” — Jane Jacobs, “Downtown is for People“…

Corpse Flower ‘Sprout’ is Blooming Now!

Note: as of 4/28/16, Sprout has ended his bloom cycle. The webcam below is no longer a live feed but a video of his final four hours. It’s still something to watch in case you missed it live. And thank you to everyone who stopped by to enjoy this event. Please make sure you subscribe…

‘Inky’ the Octopus Makes a Break for It

There’s something about a good jailbreak that captures the human imagination. Maybe it’s the cunning derring-do of the escapee; maybe it’s our own longing to break free. Add eight arms to the getaway and people really become entranced. Have you ever heard of an escape from an aquarium back to the ocean? (And no, Nemo and gang…

Witness Rare Bloom of Corpse Flower

(Note, as of 4/24/16: Experts had this flower blooming this weekend, but it still hasn’t happened yet. However, if you watched it the last two days, then you have seen a difference in the flower. I can’t imagine it not happening tomorrow. My husband’s take on this: “Maybe it doesn’t want to compete withe Game…

Update on Leatherbacks in Panama

My sea turtle post from March 31 mentioned the leatherbacks had begun nesting at research sites in Panama, Costa Rica, and Florida. Since they started early this year, we’re hoping for a good season for them. I have an update on the Panama sites, and the happy news that leatherbacks aren’t the only sea turltes…

Which Hummingbird Species Are You?

The National Audubon Society has put out a new fun quiz: Which Hummingbird Species Are You? And again it’s only 4 questions long — easy-peasy, and no commitments. Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures, tiny and beautiful, yet resilient and diverse. They snap up our attention with their aerial skills and marvelous plumage. Between being the world’s…

Cheeeeeese!

Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization out of Santa Monica, CA, posted this as their “photo of the month,” and I couldn’t resist sharing. It kind of makes you think of Bruce from Finding Nemo, doesn’t it? This hilarious picture of a smiling lemon shark was caught on film underwater in Juniper, FL by Kenneth…

This Week in Nature: April 11-17

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out and the wind is still, You’re one month in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, A cloud come over the sunlit arch, And wind comes…

April is Global Astronomy Month

April is officially “Global Astronomy Month,” and to help you celebrate, here’s a guide to the most notable views in the night sky. Here, I’ll show you what’s happening out there this month, and a simple way you can see it all — and more! Jupiter photo by NASA April’s astronomy sights begin with Jupiter…

Best 3 Gardening Ideas No Matter Where You Live

The arrival of Spring signals that it’s time to reboot your garden. To help get you into the planting spirit, I selected three resources that offer a fresh take on the traditional garden. Whether you have a well-worn green thumb or have never picked up a trowel, these books will help you navigate new gardening…

Cooking with an Invasive Species

You’ve heard the saying: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” But what about: “when you find invasive species, make pesto?” Parks and nature centers all over the US recruit volunteers in spring to round up different invasive species and dispose of them in a way that will keep them from coming back. (In case…