Category Archives: Nature Study

10,000 Hours

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Tipping Point, Blink, and a new book called Outliers, was interviewed about Outliers: His latest opus – or the first half of it – examines people such as Bill Gates, who are more successful than any human should reasonably expect to be. They are, indeed, his ‘outliers’. This may come as […]

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Field Guides

We have several field guides. Some of the most useful are:1. Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide2. A booklet from ecology press called Weeds and What They Tell3. Reader’s Digest North American Wildlife Newcomb’s is not in color and it isn’t a field guide I would have picked up, but I’m glad I have it. Somebody else taught […]

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This Might Explain Why Urban Areas Lean Blue….

Jonah Lehrer, who is the author of the new book “How We Decide,” writes for the Boston Globe: Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on […]

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Outside Play

It’s in the news again– kids don’t get enough of it. Children have lost touch with the natural world and are unable to identify common animals and plants, according to a survey. Half of youngsters aged nine to 11 were unable to identify a daddy-long-legs, oak tree, blue tit or bluebell, in the poll by […]

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How To Find Morels

In general I don’t eat wild mushrooms, partly because I have read too many murder mysteries. Morels are the exception, because they are fairly easy to identify and pretty hard to confuse with poisonous varieties of mushrooms. Milan Pelouch and his wife Lila have written a hand little guide for those who like morel hunting, […]

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