Tag Archives: wildlife

Let’s stop dissing deserts!


In response to a recent post about “transit deserts” on The Market Urbanism Report’s Facebook page, I made the following comment: “I think we need to rethink using the term ‘desert’ to describe an area lacking something. Deserts can be … Continue reading

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Little (and big) towns on the prairie


North America’s magnificent Great Plains and prairie region generally extends westward from Central Ohio to the Rocky Mountains and southward from boreal Canada through Texas to the Rio Grande Valley.  This is one of my favorite natural ecosystems due to … Continue reading

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A sea turtle’s underwater world


An amazing and beautiful video from the World Wildlife Fund taken with a GoPro camera on the back of a sea turtle at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy!

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Carnivores around every corner…a place where polar bears and people coexist


While reading a book that is especially enjoyable, I literally revel in it, not wanting the book to ever end. Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye by author Zac Unger is just such a book. It is a … Continue reading

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The “real” snowbirds


Each autumn and winter millions of northerners across North America make the pilgrimage to points south, primarily Florida and Arizona, to escape the snow and cold. Similarly, flocks of birds migrate southward for the winter from their summer nesting grounds. … Continue reading

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Scaling 8,144 foot Green Mountain in Boulder, Colorado


Last Saturday (October 11th), just 12 hours after arriving from Michigan, we undertook an arduous hike to the top of Green Mountain, Colorado. The weather forecast was poor for Sunday, so Saturday was our best opportunity to enjoy the splendid … Continue reading

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Ten cool urban tree canopy maps


Below are a cool and coloful assortment of urban tree canopy maps from around the United States to enjoy on these cold, snowy, and gray days. Each of the maps is unique unto itself, but all clearly depict the green infrastructure … Continue reading

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Ranking America’s urban forests


American Forests recently announced its ten best cities for urban forests for 2013. The top ten, out of the  50 largest cities in the nation are listed in alphabetical order below (weblinks to each winner’s results are provided): Austin Charlotte … Continue reading

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Don’t reward bad behavior!


As an Environmental Planner who administers wetland regulations as part of my responsibilities, the most common problem I’ve encountered is not from the developers or original owners of new homes impacting wetlands, it is the subsequent homeowners and neighbors who … Continue reading

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Tackling the continent’s great divide by foot


I finished reading an interesting and enjoyable book last week that was written by Jennifer A. Hanson. Entitled, Hiking the Continental Divide Trail; One Woman’s Journey, the book documented a multi-month long hiking journey she and her husband (for most … Continue reading

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