3/28/13 Volume XLVI, No. 13
Land conservation is often invisible. When a farm or forest is permanently preserved, it looks exactly the same, so many folks don’t notice something important has happened.
Michael Heffler, president of the Princeton Freewheelers bicycle club and a frequent ride leader, notices. He recently wrote an essay on what preserved open space means to him. I’m pleased to share it here:
“What’s going on inside your head?” my mother asked. My . . .
3/22/13 Volume XLVI, No. 12
Imagine a fantastic wildlife safari with bald eagles feeding chicks, wolves curled up in their den, elephants at a water hole in Africa, polar bears making their way across arctic ice and brightly-colored Brazilian rainforest birds in the canopy.
You don’t need a passport and fat bank account! Thanks to the newest generation of webcams – video cameras set up at wildlife hotspots – you can get a daily nature fix in real time on your computer at home.
Webcams . . .
3/15/13 Volume XLVI, No. 11
When author John McPhee was researching his book “The Pine Barrens” in the mid-1960s, nobody knew exactly where this unique region started or ended. Its borders had not been officially mapped.
McPhee spent eight months driving, hiking and camping in this wilderness dominated by pitch pine forests, swamps and bogs. He placed Xs on his map whenever he came upon a natural or man-made boundary.
He was enchanted by the Pine Barrens – their geography, their . . .
3/8/13 Volume XLVI, No. 10
The clock is ticking on beach restorations up and down New Jersey’s coast, but one noteworthy project is facing a deadline imposed by nature rather than tourism.
Horseshoe crabs begin breeding in late May, but many prime nesting sites on Delaware Bayshore beaches were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The top layer of soft sand was swept away by wind and storm surge, exposing hard rubble and mucky salt marsh remnants not suitable for digging holes and burying eggs.
But a . . .
3/1/13 Volume XLVI, No. 9
Almost every 6-year-old has heard of “extinction.” Ask kids about extinct creatures, and you will be told in graphic detail about the dinosaurs that once walked the Earth and disappeared millions of years ago.
But what will kids 100 years from now say about extinction? Sadly, the children of 2113 might describe how polar bears, elephants, gorillas, tigers and chimpanzees followed the path of the dinosaurs.
Although this is perhaps not well known, we are . . .