Nature is a big place. Its mountains and oceans are vast. Its forests and plains stretch forever. There’s a lot out there. But not as much as before because Earth has only half the wildlife today that it had just 40 years ago.
It's the end of October, and the cold is settling in for more northern states. By now, many of your backyard bird neighbors may have departed southward, and you might be thinking of doing the same. Not every bird leaves for the winter, though. Even though birds who stay while the snow flies don't really need help from humans, feeding birds is a great way to get to know them better.
Early observations of this year's monarch butterfly migration seem to be showing that this was a better year than last for these iconic insects. Folks from all over the country are reporting migrating monarchs by the dozens at a time, compared to last year when some of the same people saw no monarchs at all.
In early August, the city of Toledo, Ohio raised an alarm: a bloom of toxic algae in Lake Erie had poisoned the drinking water supply for the city. Toledo residents spent days using bottled water, and officials scrambled to solve the problem. The algae faded naturally. But harmful algal blooms seem to be a growing threat to waterways all over the country.
I have to confess, I always feel a twinge of jealousy when I hang out with kids who've been on a fantastic field trip to a nature center. At 30-something years old, I would love to spend a week at the local natural history museum's summer camp. Wading and seining in the bay for fish and crabs? Sign me up!
Backyards are habitat for people and wildlife. Invite nature into your backyard to get closer views and help wildlife by making your yard a hospitable habitat with these tips. Many of the creatures that benefit from improved backyard habitats are struggling from habitat loss in general.
I'm a reluctant highway commuter. On a normal weekday, I roll through about thirty miles of grassy medians on my way to my day job. Every two weeks, huge mowers grind through the miles too, leaving behind the smell of diesel and cut grass, and acres of wasted hay.
The other day, a coworker stopped by my desk: a newborn fawn was curled up next to the building outside, and its mother was nowhere to be found. What should we do? I was glad to tell her that we didn't need to do anything, and that the fawn's mother would be much happier if we left her baby exactly where she hoped to find it when she returned.
Earth Day, an event that remarkably just celebrated its 44th anniversary, does everything from raise awareness to inspire action. But it's also an annual moment to stop and consider the fundamental environmental question: How are we doing?
Arabic culture speaks of powerful magical beings who live inside bottles. Rub the bottle and the genie appears to grant any wish. It sounds far-fetched, but it's not. At Seventh Generation, we have a very real genie who lives inside every bottle we make and makes the magic pour out. We call him Scienceman, a.k.a. Martin Wolf.