“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…

This Week in Nature: April 4-10

There is no glory in star or blossom till looked upon by a loving eye; There is no fragrance in April breezes till breathed with joy as they wander by. — William C. Bryant Using my ECOlogical Calendar as a guide, here’s what’s happening this week in nature. Map of the Spring sky: When we look into…

If I Were to Visit Aberdeen, part 3 – Bullers of Buchan

Exploring the best places in nature around the world. The name “Bullers of Buchan” refers both to a collapsed sea cave and to the adjacent village. Located twenty-five miles (40 kilometers) north of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the Cruden Bay along the North Sea, this collapsed sea cave forms an almost circular chasm — also known…

Springtime Mating Season PSA

  Love is in the air! Everywhere you look around. Every sight and every sound; in the whisper of the trees and in the thunder of the of the seas. The outdoors is full of sights and sounds as the animals perform to attract mates for the springtime mating season. If you see an animal…

3 Tigers Finally at Their Forever Home

See how they were moved, and meet the tigers! I am pleased to share the good news that earlier this month, Siberian tiger siblings Roy, Kim, and Claire moved from PAWS’ Galt, CA, sanctuary where they have lived since they were young cubs, to a spacious new habitat at ARK 2000. My friends at the…

It’s Leatherback Nesting Time!

Leatherback nesting has begun in Panama and Tortuguero! In Panama, they’ve already reported more than 20 nests in Chiriqui Beach, two at Bluff Beach, and one in Long Beach, Bastimentos Island. Things are a little slower in Tortuguero, Costa Rica (which is expected) with only several nests recorded so far. Stay tuned! Leatherback nesting has…

Tale of the Marsh Hawk’s Tail

Throughout much of this winter, Sam — a park ranger friend — had been out and about retreating into the solitude of nature by exploring the national seashores and wildlife refuges of coastal North Carolina. Throughout her excursions, there is one animal, a bird, that is a constant no matter where she roams. “Over the…

Manatee Appreciation Day – Video!

Celebrating Manatee Appreciation Day! Aren’t they cute? Florida manatees are large, gray aquatic mammals found in the southeastern United States, mostly in — believe it or not — Florida. They sort of look like walruses or seals, even though they aren’t closely related at all. Florida manatees are a subspecies of the West Indian manatee.…

The Osprey Cam is Up!

The Ospreys have returned to their nest platform at Milford Point in Connecticut, and their Osprey Cam is ready for your viewing pleasure! The female has been on the platform consistently this morning. They will continue to come and go but will spend more time there as the days pass. If they’re not there when…

6 Mammal Extremes

Mammals are warm-blooded, covered with hair, bear live young, and produce milk to feed them. We like to think of ourselves as the best mammals around. However, in many categories, other mammals have us bested — paws down. Here are 6 mammal extremes.   The Biggest Weighing in at 150 tons, the blue whale isn’t…