365 Nature – Day 114

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. The photos above are a few insects I've found in our backyard over the last week. The shiny green one...

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365 Nature – Day 95

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. At the end of the day yesterday I heard a sudden crow ruckus outside and when I looked out the...

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Friday Film:: What Plants Talk About

Today's Friday Film is 'What Plants Talk About', an episode of Nature from PBS. When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought! For more information about plant senses, read my review of What a Plant Knows on the Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens blog.   View the rest of the...

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Friday Film:: Designing the Urban Ark: Biodiversity and the Future of Cities

Today's Friday Film is a lecture by Dr. Kristina Hill, Associate Professor and Director of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History. I was familiar with her name as a co-editor of Ecology and Design with Bart Johnson, one of my professors at the University of Oregon so I was very interested to find this lecture online. It's a fascinating talk which anyone with an interest in urban biodiversity and stormwater management will find stimulating with some fascinating ideas. The lecture begins with an interesting introduction to the history of ecological city design...

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Friday Film:: Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination

The Friday Film this week looks at the topic of pollination with a TED talk from cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg. In this brief talk he presents footage from his film, Wings of Life which features incredible imagery of hummingbirds, bats, bees and other pollinators. From the TED website: Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film "Wings of Life," inspired by the vanishing of one of nature's primary pollinators, the honeybee.

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Friday Film:: Life Nature You

In the latest installment of Friday Film we look at a short film titled Life Nature You by Myles Thompson. This film reminds us that wildlife is everywhere, even in a small patch of lawn in a suburban yard. The filmmakers daughter discovered  the tiny wildlife in her lawn and created a small nature reserve to protect the wildlife from the lawn mower. It's a reminder that starting to realize the diversity in the smallest and most common of places can lead us to a wider understanding of the world and all of its ecosystems. Life.Nature.You from Myles Thompson on Vimeo.

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