Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Of Red Spruce and Flying Squirrels

They say you learn something new everyday. Some days, though, you might even learn two new things. Like today, for instance, I "discovered" the rare red spruce forest of Appalachia and the lovely little flying squirrels that call the red spruce habitat home. 

This is a Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel photographed by the USFWS.

For years, the forest and its squirrel have been in danger of disappearing, but recent conservation efforts are making a difference.

Hey, creative kid conservationists, take a look:

Kids in grades K through 12 are invited to participate in the Endangered Species Day art contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Endangered Species Coalition, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the International Child Art Foundation

Drawing of an Ozark Hellebender by my daughter, age 11.

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. For more information, including judging criteria and an entry form,visit this page: Endangered Species Day Art Contest and Activities.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Something Fishy

Did you hear the recent news that some of the fish we're buying from grocery stores, restaurants, and sushi bars are really not what we think they are? 

In the relentless interest of the bottom line, these establishments are selling us cheap look-alikes (can you hear me sighing?) 

It's not really a big surprise. Not long ago, I accepted surimi from a Japanese restaurant when the menu clearly read "crab."

Surimi doesn't come in a shell. Photo by Malagua via Wikimedia.

I want the truth, don't you?

Find out how to make the best choices of fish and seafood here.

Monday, February 25, 2013

If only I'd known ...

Did you know that the National Geographic Society--long known for its intrepid explorers, amazing photographers, and captivating magazine--offers Young Explorers Grants?

It's true!

In my younger days, I would have given my hair to travel the world as a Nat Geo explorer!

These grants give budding adventurers ages 18 to 25 unique opportunities to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related project.

How fun would that be?

If you know someone who might fit the bill, find out more about the grants here