Kipling on Ice

BUSINESS Just in time for National Poetry Month—and the Stanley Cup Playoffs—the Boston Bruins are using a Rudyard Kipling poem in a new ad. (Boston Globe) Learn more about The Law for the Wolves (and Bruins). Discussion Ideas Listen to the poem “The Law for the Wolves” in the ad above. Do you think this poem was a good choice to represent the Boston Bruins? Why … Continue reading Kipling on Ice

Pining Away

Use this sonnet to learn more about Pinus radiata, the Monterey pine. Monterey pines are considered an invasive species these days in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but their (metaphorical) roots on the San Francisco Peninsula go pretty deep—before it was a peninsula! A strange story, these California trees starts with a land now found far out to sea— west of the famous San Andreas … Continue reading Pining Away

The Wonderful Thing About Otters

The tune for this short-and-silly song borrows from one sung by a close relative of the otter, this one indigenous to the Hundred Acre Wood. Apologies to the peerless Sherman brothers. The wonderful thing about otters is otters are wonderful things! There’s fur on the end of their paw-us to cling to rocks and rings! They’re slippery, slide-y, wet and dry-y Fun, fun, fun, fun, … Continue reading The Wonderful Thing About Otters

These are a few of my favorite birds

Every year at BioBlitz, National Geographic and the U.S. National Park Service rally to get people young and old to explore the wild spaces around them during a whirlwind 24-hour search to identify every species they can find. In advance of our next event in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, March 28-29, 2014, we’re already exploring stories of the life and lands of northern California. Learn … Continue reading These are a few of my favorite birds

Lichen It Already

A lichen is not a single organism, but made up of an “alga partner” and one ortwo “fungus partners.”  With genuine apologies to Robert Burns. Their love can be a bit crustose with areoles in bloom Their love can produce thread-like string, called hyphae, when they plume Their love has colonized the Earth from deserts to the ice These extremophiles exist on sand, on trees, … Continue reading Lichen It Already