Is there an upside to ARk storms?

Is there an upside to ARk storms?Capturing the rainfalls from Atmospheric River storms could help replenish depleted aquifers I usually read fiction just to relax and enjoy, and I seldom think I might learn from someone else’s fantasies. But then I read Linda Davies’ book ARk Storm. It was a good read with interesting characters and a plot involving the manipulation…

How to be a better student of nature

How to be a better student of natureA plethora of apps are available that will help you ‘see’ nature better In the past, I have discussed how computers, online resources and social media – and how reliable and trustworthy they are – affect our ability to be better naturalists. I have also advised how we must strive to learn and not just…

Is nature really out to get us?

Is nature really out to get us?When nature gets nasty Back in August, I wrote about some positive effects of forest fires. Today I want to expand on why nature sometimes gets nasty. While natural cycles have been ongoing since the Earth was created, adding hominids to the mix was, at first, benign. But our insatiable appetite emerged during the Industrial…

Do you know what thigmotaxis means? Pinnipeds do it all the time

Here are a few of my favourite words from nature

Do you know what thigmotaxis means? Pinnipeds do it all the timeI love to read about nature, but every now and then, words jump out at me that make me stop in my tracks as sometimes I don’t know what they mean! Here are a few of my favourites that I’ve found over the years. Thigmotaxis: Many animals rely on their neighbours to keep them warm…

Can flying squirrels really fly?

No, but they have a unique body feature that permits them to appear to fly

Can flying squirrels really fly?I have always marvelled at flying squirrels and their unusual abilities and biology. Two possible species can be found in Canada. The Southern Flying Squirrel is restricted to patchy appearances throughout our area but thrives best along the north shore of Lake Erie and into the U.S.; the Northern Flying Squirrel can commonly be found…

Some fun facts about chipmunks

Chipmunks are adorable, but ...

Some fun facts about chipmunksAlthough over 200 kinds of squirrels can be found across the globe, 25 of those are chipmunks and all but one of these species of chipmunk lives in North America. The outlier is the Siberian Chipmunk which can only be found in Asia.  In Canada, we have several kinds of squirrels – Eastern Gray, Red,…
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