Category: Nature & Science

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Red Dragonfly

Yesterday a dragonfly visited. Not just any dragonfly. A Red Dragonfly. It flew into my side yard yesterday while I sat idling, taking a break from the internet and my dependence on it, thinking about spending the rest of the day knitting. I sat there looking at our avocado trees, which currently include three new, young ones, two in the ground, one in a pot, the smaller trees staked with bamboo sticks. On one ofLearn More

The argument for fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains

In an interview at Alternet titled Michael Pollan Debunks Food Myths, author Michael Pollan discusses his new book, In Defense of Food. He talks about why news of the latest scientific nutritional studies is probably not the best source for nutrition information, and how the best eating advice given to Americans in the past five decades is probably the simplest — that fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are good for us. According to him,Learn More

Butterflies

This has been a good summer for butterflies in my little corner of the world. I’ve seen a lot more variety this year than in past years, and yesterday I sighted a Western Tiger Swallowtail in a pepper tree in the yard behind ours. It surprised me, and at first glance I thought I was seeing an oriole making like a butterfly, it was so large. I haven’t seen many swallowtails since I was aLearn More

Global dimming

Ever heard of global dimming? Here are some links worth reading: Contrails And The Dark Side Dim Sun Why the Sun seems to be ‘dimming’ Global Warming Could Mean Less Sunshine One of the most interesting facts about solar dimming/global warming is that an important observation was made when all commercial flights over the US stopped during the days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That pause in flights allowed scientists an opportunity to observe whatLearn More

Ivory-billed woodpecker extinct after all?

The issue of whether it really was an ivory-billed woodpecker that was video-taped back in April 2005 has heated up, with some experts concluding that the bird in the video was a pileated woodpecker after all, and that the ivory-billed is indeed extinct. Still, some searchers say they’ve heard the distinctive knock of the ivory-billed, and Arkies aren’t discouraged. The search goes on. Scroll down, at this article, for some image comparisons.

Celebrating modern heroes: Sally Vreseis Fox

In a world where artificial and chemically processed is too often valued over natural, it’s important for those of us who understand the difference to celebrate the heroes of biodiversity and environmentally friendly products.

Ivory-billed woodpecker sighted in Arkansas

Bird once thought extinct for 60 years has been sighted seven times.

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