Category: Out in the Woods

Common Snapping Turtle

Ranging from southeastern Canada to northeastern South America, the common snapping turtle is one four species of snapping turtles, all of witch live only in the Americas. In Canada, anthropogenic activities have resulted in their listed as a Species of Special Concern under the… Continue Reading “Common Snapping Turtle”

A Tree Grows in Sanford

Another of many wonders happening at the 3 Rivers Land Trust, Mousam Way Land Trust, and Sanford Trails collaborative land conservation project. 13,000 or so years ago, melting glaciers dropped large rocks called “erratics” onto the ground. Lichen, a 1/2 plant 1/2 animal, symbiotic… Continue Reading “A Tree Grows in Sanford”

Why Did the Amphibian Cross the Road?

About 370 million years ago, the first animals crawled out of the oceans to live on land. Known as amphibians (“two-lives”: amphi ‘both’ + bios ‘life’), they still require water for part of their life cycle. Beginning their life in water with gills and… Continue Reading “Why Did the Amphibian Cross the Road?”

Stream Foam

Walk along a woodland stream and the occasional sight of a glob of foamy stuff comes into view. So where does this sudsy-looking stuff come from?  Stream foam is most common during periods of heavy rain and snow melt. Surface water mixes with topsoil… Continue Reading “Stream Foam”

Phytoplankton: The Invisible Forest

     Recent news reports regarding the ongoing fires in the Amazon Rain Forest have been a bit inaccurate about the oxygen generated by this wondrous landscape. The title “lungs of the Earth”—is a gross overestimate. As several scientists have pointed out recently, the… Continue Reading “Phytoplankton: The Invisible Forest”

Prehistoric trees saved from Australia’s fires

By Sara Spary, CNN  January 16, 2020 An ancient grove of pine trees whose ancestors are thought to have stood tall among dinosaurs some 200 million years ago has been saved from Australian bushfires in a covert firefighting mission. Firefighters in New South Wales… Continue Reading “Prehistoric trees saved from Australia’s fires”

Global Warming is Creating Ice in Greenland!

Greenland ice is actually building. Although this seems improbable due to Earth’s increasing temperature, it’s true…AND…it’s increasing sea water level rise!! Here’s how. Glaciers form where snow accumulates and, under pressure from the weight of more accumulating snow, forms ice. This usually happens on… Continue Reading “Global Warming is Creating Ice in Greenland!”


“Blue Carbon” is the scientifically recognized term defining carbon stored by coastal ecological systems. These systems of seagrasses, mangroves, salt marshes, and seaweed, cover less than 0.5% of the seabed, are equal in size to about 0.05% of the biomass on land, and are… Continue Reading “BLUE CARBON and SEAGRASS”

GLOBAL OCEAN CONVEYOR BELT: Changes due to Global Warming

Sea water along the equatorial area gets heated by the sun, and the warmed water forms a stratification layer above the colder lower water. Eastern Trade Winds caused by Earth’s rotation and atmospheric temperatures push this water layer, creating the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt… Continue Reading “GLOBAL OCEAN CONVEYOR BELT: Changes due to Global Warming”

Our Climate in 60 Years

Most folks have difficulty relating to the scientists’ warnings relating to climate change due to global warming. A University of Maryland study, with funding from National Science Foundation and U.S. Geological Survey, attempts to clarify these temperature changes. The image above shows our climate… Continue Reading “Our Climate in 60 Years”