Blogger’s Note: This entry was inspired by the preposterous, though serious notion we (as humans) had "evolved" ourselves away from needing a Plantaris Muscle. The plantaris muscle is used by animals in gripping and manipulating objects with their feet –…Continue
Added by Jody Elliott on March 17, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments
As dawn was breaking this morning, SW flew into the nestbox and laid her first egg. Congratulations, SW and Boomer!
SW usually has 4 eggs, and most peregrines have three or four eggs. Some young females may produce less and some females may have five or even seven eggs, but it seems to be…Continue
Added by Deborah Mathies on March 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments
Today is the official launch of our newest exciting venture: Hike A Lot, LLC!
Alice and I have fired up this new non-profit company to help encourage as many people as possible to get outdoors. From the Hike A Lot site, we will feature video and text reviews of products that help make the outdoors more enjoyable and comfortable to families. Aside from product reviews,…Continue
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Are GPS devices making us overly dependent on technology at the expense of learning about and orienting within our surroundings? Studies say they are. They also may be partially responsible for Nature Disconnect around the developing world.
There are positive aspects to GPS…Continue
Added by Suz Lipman on March 9, 2011 at 5:29pm — No Comments
This nesting season falcon fans have been worried about challenges to Boomer and SW for their nest. Here is SW’s new mate, Boomer.
SW’s mate from last year, Ranger, was in rehabilitation for many months after suffering serious head injuries and was finally released after his recovery in…Continue
Added by Deborah Mathies on March 9, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments
Currently I am looking for information regarding the newly implemented Full-Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program in Ontario and getting kids outside in nature.
I am developing my thesis and wondering what is happening in Canada. Contacts have directed me toward many international resources but I am curious about Canada.
The TDSB TOES programs are in the early stages of developing kindergarten outdoor education programs and I have looked at Montessori and Equinox (previously…Continue
As most of us are well aware, virtuality already deprives many children of time spent in the 3-dimensional, natural world. But is there danger in 3D?
Does mediated, 3D exposure alter the area in a child's developing brain responsible for processing 3D images as well?
My heart is filled with joy as I watch my teenage daughter at one with nature. It is so natural, so pure.
Like most girls her age, she is discovering being a teenager can be stressful.
Time in nature allows her to reconnect with what is real, what is true.
Sharing that time with her is precious.
Our time spent together in nature not only calms us but brings us closer…Continue
Grants Sow Seeds for a Greener…
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For all of 2010, on my blog, Seasons South and North, I posted a monthly observation guide comparing the nature of a place in the northern hemisphere - Britain - with a place in the southern hemisphere - the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil. I have gathered all of the posts together into one document and offer it here (as a link, I am afraid, as I could not manage to upload it here) to any who may find it useful:
The 2011 peregrine falcon nesting season is underway at Boomer and SW's home sweet home located on the 12th floor ledge of a skyscraper called "Tower City" in downtown Cleveland, Ohio (look for red label showing nestbox location).…Continue
Added by Deborah Mathies on March 4, 2011 at 2:25pm — No Comments
Why I felt compelled to start up this organization: Like so many, I have been connecting children with nature for most of my adult life but it wasn't until several months ago that it really hit me how catastrophic the disconnection between children and nature had become and the consequences it has brought about. My heart sank when I read that children spend 90% of their time INDOORS. As a mother and a naturalist this disturbed me deeply. I…
Welcome to the 2011 "Falcon Watch" about the peregrine falcon - fastest creature on earth! We will study and watch one peregrine falcon family during nesting season, approximately late February into June. There has been a nestbox on the 12th floor of "Tower City" in Cleveland, Ohio since 1991.
SW is the resident mother falcon…… …
Added by Deborah Mathies on March 1, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
IditaNature is just around the corner - it starts Saturday, March 5, just like the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race! Challenge your kids, family, friends, or students to spend as many minutes outside as the Iditarod is long in miles...so 1,150 minutes or 17+ hours over two weeks. If they meet the challenge, the reward can be whatever you dream up. Prizes of outdoor gear or doing something fun together in nature: go out for ice cream,…Continue
I am currently joining forces with Dr. Joe Baust of Murray State University to introduce his former Environmental Education students to the Children & Nature Network. We are currently in the process of contacting his past EE students and encouraging them to become members of the Children & Nature Network. We are hoping to expand this online community of people who share a passion for nature.
I am very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Children & Nature…Continue
I recently got the chance to represent the Sierra Club Youth Delegation at the 2011 Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference in Washington D.C., February 7-10th. In preparation to speak on the panel entitled Sowing the Seeds for a Greener Future: Preparing Youth for a Green Economy, I started to reflect on what has given me the employment opportunities I’ve had so far in environmental-related…Continue