Category: Out in the Woods

LIGHT POLLUTION

On the first night of an Outward Bound camping trip, a teenager was found staring up to the skies…with tearful eyes. She had never before seen the stars and hadn’t realized the awesome beauty above her all those years. She was from an urban…

The Beaver’s Keystone Activities

The activities of Beaver mold a landscape more than any other creature except man. Beavers perform unique and crucial roles within an ecosystem…functions that would be substantially different or nonexistent without them. Being a Keystone Species, many other species’ existence actually rely on the…

The Ladybug

  The name “ladybug” was coined by European farmers who prayed to the Virgin Mary when pests began eating their crops. After ladybugs came and wiped out the invading insects, the farmers named them “beetle of Our Lady.” This eventually was shortened to “lady…

The Possum

The Isthmus of Panama formed about 3 million years ago. Colliding underwater continental plates created pressure, forming volcanoes that surfaced, and sand, silt, and continental debris filled in the spaces. Atlantic and Pacific waters became isolated, and the Gulf Stream Current was born…its Caribbean…

Woodland Diversity Factors: Light, Species, Habitat, Age

Diversity Importance Woodlands provide trees for lumber, fuel, carbon dioxide scrubbing and carbon sequestering, and produce oxygen; the rate of climate change and its effects are reduced, soils are stabilized, water is filtered, and folks just plain feel better walking around in woodlands. All…

To mow or to mow less: a “lazy lawnmower” approach to providing bee habitat.

From: https://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/pubs/55816  Green spaces embedded within the urban matrix, particularly residential yards, could mitigate negative aspects of urban development and provide pollinator habitat. Lawns represent a dominant green space, and their management consists of frequent mowing to inhibit the growth of ostensibly “weedy” species…

Ever really look at goldenrods!?

The Turkey

First domesticated in Mexico about 3000 years ago by the pre-Aztecs, Turkey’s were used not so much for meat, but for their feathers…which were used during their rituals and ceremonies, and for making blankets and robes. They were again domesticated about 2300 years ago…

Light Pollution

On the first night of an Outward Bound camping trip, a teenager was found staring up to the skies…with tearful eyes. She had never before seen the stars and hadn’t realized the awesome beauty above her all those years. She was from an urban…

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

  Part of most land trusts advocacies are efforts to secure habitat for the local creatures, especially the rare species like the spicebush plant upon which the spicebush swallowtail butterfly lays its eggs, and which also provides food for their caterpillars. Here, we see something…