365 Nature Project – Day 2

In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Each day of the year I will post something here about nature. It may be any format, a photo, video, audio, sketch or entry from my nature journal. It could be a written piece. Each day I will connect to nature in some way and share it here by the end of that day. You can keep up-to-date by subscribing to the RSS feed or be notified by email. See all the 365 Nature posts.


Today was very exciting.

For a few weeks my husband has reported seeing Starling murmurations from his office in Kent, just to the south of Seattle. Also recently, there been several reports of murmurations of Starlings seen at Ikea in Renton, between Kent and Seattle. I desperately wanted to see this for myself so this afternoon we made the drive south to Kent and arrived just…

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Friday Film:: Bringing biodiversity back into cities

This video discussion took place at the recent ICLEI Urban Nature Forum in Belo Horizonte, Brazil this month and discusses the value of urban biodiversity and how to bring that diversity back to the cities. It’s presented by the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Oliver Hillel discusses how nature used to be in the cities and how we simply have to stop impeding it and let it back in. However, many of our systems are so changed that they now need to be managed to restore nature by bringing in new infrastructure. He also discusses how cities are laboratories for innovation and the importance of education by bringing nature back into cities so people are aware of biological processes and how dependent we are on them.

From the website::

Cities, ecosytems and biodiversity
Bringing biodiversity back into cities
Keith Tidball in conversation with Oliver…

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Friday Film:: Biodiversity in Our Cities: The Case for Urban Nature

friday filmToday’s Friday Film features a panel discussion in two parts titled Biodiversity in Our Cities: The Case for Urban Nature. This panel coordinated and moderated by Marielle Anzelone, Conservation Biologist & Executive Director of NYC Wildflower Week, features four different panelists of very diverse backgrounds and professions. The panel presents a comprehensive view of urban biodiversity from not only an ecology view, but also from management, policy, education, design and business views.

It’s a fascinating discussion that brings together many elements necessary in improving biodiversity which many of us may not get exposure to in our own profession or world. These videos really highlight how improving biodiversity in our cities is a subject that concerns and needs many different individuals, not just environmentalists and naturalists.

The official description of the panel…

Did you know that there is nature in New York City? The…

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