The Treetalker

news from (and about) the trees

This Earth Day, I want to bring your attention to a couple of organizations that work tirelessly on behalf of our environment:

EcoKids, Canada’s leading environmental education program for children, providing activities and resources for both K-8 students and teachers, and

the NRDC, who work tirelessly to fight against the relentless assault of the environment by big business. They enlist anyone who’s interested to send petitions, emails and phone calls, and help financially. AKA Biogems.

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Happy Earth Day!!

Friendly Fairy Tales

Earth Day could be Ocean Day, since the earth is 71 percent water by surface area. The Pacific Ocean alone covers nearly a third of the planet!! New England is merely a small smear on the coast of one continent, and my home just a tiny pinprick. And yet, my small neighborhood yields such beauty, especially considering it snowed last week.

Magnolia Tree in Sunshine

Earth Day is April 22, and the first was in 1970 in the U.S. The U.S. holiday was meant to  create a focal point for environmental awareness, because of the mess business interests had made of our land and waterways. Now, more than a billion people in 180 nations across the world celebrate Earth Day. Many people celebrate by planting trees, bushes or flowers. Many companies celebrate by starting recycling campaigns or cleanup initiatives. 

Pink Azalea buds

White and Yellow Daffodils    Tricolor Pansies

I plan to celebrate by walking in the woods and by sharing this song of awe.

Planet of Connection

On a quiet day…

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Vote for Us: Help ASLA Win the Webby

Sustainable landscaping…..

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Vote for Us : ASLA’s web site, Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes , has been nominated for a Webby, the most prestigious award for all things online. We need your help to win the People’s Voice Award . ASLA is currently in 2nd place.

The web site is an online exhibition highlighting real-life examples of sustainable landscape design and its positive effects on the environment and quality of life. These spaces use natural systems to clean the air and water, restore habitats, create healthy communities, and ultimately provide significant economic, social, and environmental value.

A total of 30 case studies illustrate just what sustainable landscapes are and how they provide important benefits on a variety of scales. In the process, the case studies, written in clear, understandable language, also introduce users to what exactly landscape architects do.

The Web site also features 10 animations created by Daniel Tal, ASLA, using…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On top

The ancient eavesdropper

Treetops have always fascinated me.  What an incredible view these beautiful giants have of the entire landscape.  Imagine if you were a bird perched on the topmost branch of an ancient Sequoia or a squirrel holed up in the recesses of a gnarled oak, going about your daily routine aloft in the canopy.  Might you be so awe-struck by the sublime sunset that you drop your worm or acorn?  Or perhaps you’re a newborn baby bird who has yet to take flight and peer out over its nest on high, certainly in for a huge surprise.  As a child, you may have formed a close relationship with your climbing tree or tree house, retreating to its welcoming boughs when the world was getting you down.   Even the view from below is inspirational, offering us a fresh perspective on life and grounding our sense of place, our sense of belonging…

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Flying Flowers~

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Wow! Did I have fun today! The San Diego Wild Animal Park had their spring Butterfly Encounter and this was the first year I was home to see it. The butterflies flew around you in an open-air aviary. (Please click to enlarge).
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We all were mesmerized. I was blown away by how gentle the little children were, cupping their hands to protect the landing butterflies.
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See for yourself, the butterflies were ethereal!
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The flowers were pretty amazing too~
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It was wonderful to be reminded how much children naturally love our planet’s creatures.
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The butterflies reminded me of the ones I saw in Iguazu Falls who loved to hitch rides on humans.
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You had to be inspected before you left to make sure you weren’t carrying out a hitchiker!
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They were not the least bit afraid.
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What an amazing experience!
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I almost made it out with this hitchiker on me!
Cheers…

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Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, new film

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Wildlife Extra writes about this video:

Rwanda’s mountain gorillas star in new documentary – watch it here

April 2014: Mountain gorillas at the Volcanoes National Park are the subject of a new 15 minute documentary entitled Hope which you can watch [above here]. The short film revisits the mountain gorillas at the park, nearly 47 years after Dian Fossey began her work in the region, and explores the extreme, intensive and sometimes dangerous methods employed to protect the great apes.

The film, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, takes a historical look back to 1967 when Dian Fossey began her work. Fewer than 300 mountain gorillas remained at the time, their population ravaged by poachers, who for years targeted the gorillas to make money, selling infant gorillas to zoos or the hands and heads of the adults as trophies to wealthy tourists.

Dian Fossey was murdered in 1985, her original…

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Wolves back in Denmark

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This video from 2013 is called Danish wolf is back.

From Wildlife Extra:

First wolf family heard in Denmark for 200 years

April 2014: It is suspected by a group of wolf enthusiasts in Denmark that the country probably has its first resident wolf family for over 200 years, reports Rewilding Europe. Ulvetracking Danmark has gone to great lengths to register the sounds of the Danish wolves, recorded in Jutland in January. Holly Root-Gutteridge, an English wolf expert and PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, believes that these howls stem from an entire wolf family. This means that these could be the first wolf pups born in the wild of Denmark for well since the early 19th century.

“This is the biggest fauna sensation we have had for many years,” said Mogens Trolle, zoologist in the Nature Science Museum at the University of Copenhagen.

“There’s at least…

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Coral life in new film

Time-lapse video of spectacular coral growing…

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video about coral is called Slow Life.

From Wildlife Extra:

The incredible life of coral captured on film

April 2014: Coral as you have never seen before. Film maker Daniel Stoupin has produced a stunning film that captures the secret life of corals, sponges and other marine life in minute, microscopic, detail. filmed under high magnification ‘Slow Life’ illustrates their magical colourful world and transforms your perception.

For far from being the motionless creatures perceived by many, the film actually reveals them as live, graceful, blossoming, sea creatures that operate in a very different timescale to our own.

“‘Slow’ marine life is particularly mysterious. As colorful, bizarre-looking, and environmentally important as we know corals and sponges are, their simple day-to-day life is hidden. Time lapse cinematography reveals a whole different world full of hypnotic motion and my idea was to make coral reef life more spectacular and thus…

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Heron island in England bought by conservationists

A beautiful island saved for the birds and animals that live there…

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video is called Little Egret and Red Deer in the marshes, UK.

From Wildlife Extra:

Heron island bought by RSPB

April 2014: An island in the River Ouse has been bought by the RSPB for £47,500 reports BBC News. Hook Island, near Goole, East Yorkshire, is a 19-acre (8-hectare) Site of Special Scientific Interest that is home to a wealth of wetland birds including herons.

In spring, grey herons raise their chicks on the 19 acre site, while in the winter months hundreds of golden plovers and lapwings roost there after spending the day feeding on the mudflats of the Humber Estuary. Little egrets – a rare type of heron – are sometimes seen on the island and the RSPB hopes they may eventually form a breeding colony.

Pete Short, RSPB’s Humber Sites Manager, said: “The Humber Estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and…

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