Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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I crawled into bed after an especially exasperating, work-filled Sunday, flipping through the television channels trying to find something at least quasi-intelligent to watch, as is one of my usual wind-down mechanisms. What I stumbled across on the tube was not only “intelligent“, it was about intelligence – intelligence in those always-circling-above, loud, obnoxious, black birds I so disliked… CAH! CAH! Crows!! Dr. David Suzuki, a revered Canadian scientist and environmentalist, has hosted a superb documentary, The Nature of Things, for three decades. I hadn’t seen his... (Read More ...)

My husband, Brian, finds happiness from saving bees, one bee at a time. Where does he save bees? Right in our backyard. Just outside his office is a swimming pool, and since there is a door right there by his desk, Brian frequently goes outside for a break – when the weather is nice, of course. While out there, he scans the pool for any unfortunate bees that are struggling to get out. Almost every day he finds one. When he spots a bee exerting all its energy, going in circles in the pool, Brian makes his move. He wants to save the bee that cannot fly because its wings are wet. Picking up the... (Read More ...)

A Ted Talk from A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. At TEDxTC Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin “terraculture” — farming for the whole planet.  (Read More ...)

Take a few minutes to watch this truly inspirational video where a nature-loving couple nurses an injured baby hummingbird back to health. What is most amazing is the intervention of the mother hummingbird, more concerned about caring for her offspring than afraid of two-leggers.  (Read More ...)

A Ted Talk from Cheryl Hayashi studies spider silk, one of nature’s most high-performance materials. Each species of spider can make up to 7 very different kinds of silk. How do they do it? Hayashi explains at the DNA level — then shows us how this super-strong, super-flexible material can inspire.  (Read More ...)

A Ted Talk from Bees have been rapidly and mysteriously disappearing from rural areas, with grave implications for agriculture. But bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities need their help, too. Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)  (Read More ...)

Two years ago, my fabulous grandsons were visiting when I was in the middle of assembling audio/video segments for my humanitarian project, 10 Million Clicks For Peace. I decided to interview them with the hope I would get a “pearl” or two of youthful wisdom on the subject of peace. I brought my elder up to the office to record first. The “all- boy”, comedic, Corbin, gave some fairly astute answers to my questions considering he was only seven at the time. Then came his year-younger, more reflective brother, Cameron. This little guy is quite the deep thinker. I eagerly awaited... (Read More ...)

From the site: This is an incredible video of a Canadian girl who spoke to the United Nations and left them completely silent and speechless for six minutes. Her name is Severn Cullis-Suzuki, and her speech was given at a U.N. assembly in Brazil when she was twelve years old. She had raised all the money to travel to the delegation, five thousand miles from her home, herself.  (Read More ...)

A Ted Talk from In the deep, dark ocean, many sea creatures make their own light for hunting, mating and self-defense. Bioluminescence expert Edith Widder was one of the first to film this glimmering world. At TED2011, she brings some of her glowing friends onstage, and shows more astonishing footage of glowing undersea life. Edith combines her expertise in research and technological innovation with a commitment to stopping and reversing the degradation of our marine environment.  (Read More ...)

You’ll no doubt become addicted to and even begin feeling ‘maternal’ watching in real-time as this American Bald Eagle couple (Decorah, Iowa) wait in their nest for the hatching of their three eggs. If you register and login you to the chat you will experience the knowlegeable UStream moderators as everyone awaits the miracle of birth (expected March 24-25, 2012). You might also be just as amazed by this video of eagles taking a bath  (Read More ...)