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…

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…