Ok; I'll admit it. Reptiles were not my favorite type of animal as a kid. However, as I've gotten older, I've grown - if not to love them - to appreciate them. After all, they are one of the groups of animals responsible for managing my least favorite type of animal - rodents. But that… Continue reading Fun Reptile Facts for Kids
A fungus. Yes, you read that right. The largest living thing on Earth is, in fact, a fungus. How? Is there a gigantic mushroom hidden deep in a forest somewhere? Not exactly. Although that would be both really cool and a bit terrifying. Could this be a giant mushroom hidden in the forest? Photo by… Continue reading The Largest Living Thing Is…
That is the question I spent the holidays hanging out with family, watching a lot of television, and catching up on some reading. I’ve been trying to make a dent in my non-fiction list lately, and I found myself reading books on topics ranging from conservation to the history of humankind. So, you know…. light… Continue reading To Conserve Or Not To Conserve
I’ve always been a real Christmas tree person. I love the process of picking out the perfect tree and then getting it home to fill the house with its fresh smell. However, as I try to make my life more environmentally friendly, I wondered whether a real Christmas tree was a good idea. Even though… Continue reading Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree: What’s Better for the Environment?
A few months ago, my husband and I made our first trip to Cape Cod. We went after the summer tourist season had died down but before winter weather reached the area. Or I should say winter weather for Cape Cod. Since I’ve spent most of my life in the southeastern United States, New England’s… Continue reading Sea Turtles vs. the Cold
The holiday season is right around the corner. If you’re in the United States, then you are probably already thinking about your Thanksgiving meal. Past that, there’s a wealth of holidays going right up through New Year’s Day. And with those holidays comes food. At least in my neck of the world. And one food-related… Continue reading GMOs: Do You Need to Worry About Them for Your Holiday Feast?
We’ve heard a lot about plastic pollution over the past few years. It’s hard to be on the internet these days without seeing a picture, video, or post about the amount of plastic going into the ocean. Or maybe Google has just tailored my news feed to highlight articles about plastic pollution. Either way, why… Continue reading Fishing Gear is the Plastic Problem No One’s Talking About
Have you ever been watching an animal, and it looks like they are seeing a whole world that you have never set eyes on? Maybe your dog suddenly darts a certain direction for some unknown reason, or you see a wild animal scratching at a seemingly empty stretch of dirt. Are they seeing something that… Continue reading Your Dog Can See a World Invisible to You
I spent a summer pursuing research on Catalina Island off the coast of California while I was in college. The program leaders told us that if we filled a clear container with sea water off the dock at night and shook it, then the container would start glowing. Naturally, we decided to test this information… Continue reading Bioluminescence or How Scientists Found the Giant Squid
The world is full of a wide array of organisms from fish to frogs and from caterpillars to crows. Most of the time we can rely on our knowledge and intuition to loosely identify something that we see in the wild. It’s pretty easy to distinguish a worm from the cardinal getting ready to eat… Continue reading 5 Living Things that Aren’t What You Think They Are