My husband and I traveled to the Lower Peninsula for a long weekend to visit family. We had some nervousness about making a quick trip in winter weather, so we decided to play it by ear and only leave if the weather forecast looked reasonably good. We arrived to warm (comparatively) weather, with temperatures as … Continue reading 5 Things to Know about Snow Fleas
The trout lilies are blooming! This is a good sign that spring is really here, and a great time to go out in the woods and check out all the spring ephemerals before the mosquitoes come out. Trout lilies also provide a great opportunity to do a little bit of citizen science. The Trout Lily … Continue reading Look at Your Trout Lilies!
I am excited that the most recent episode of The Big Bang Theory (s. 9, ep. 20) highlighted some science about the health benefits of spending time in nature. It starts off with Sheldon wearing a virtual reality headset to spend time in a fabricated nature in order to get the brain-boosting benefits and hesitant to go … Continue reading Experience Real, Not Virtual, Nature
Do you want to spend more time in nature? If so, forget the scenic vistas , popular parks, and wild destinations; there's is an enormity of nature in your yard, even if it is the size of a postage stamp. Here's a starter list of ideas for easy ways to get more time outside. Garden … Continue reading Nearest Nature: Spend Time in Your Yard
After a long streak of no-travel, I had a long streak with travel. Three weeks of travel in a four-week period, seven states, lots and lots of meetings. It was fun, but it was exhausting. The highlight? Experiencing early spring in three different locations. Spring #1: Walden Pond During my trip across much of New England, I … Continue reading Three Versions of Spring
Happy Earth Day!! It's a bit crazy around here, so I thought I'd share a little random with you. Here are three episodes of a funny little show called Neature Walk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jgvNqNKJ5Q And another little episode that teaches you some skills that are both tree-ific and tree-mendous! http://youtu.be/aA2Qn1eHvC4