July 29th, 2012
|09:58 am - Interesting Links for 29-07-2012|
- Living bridges
Using strangler fig roots to build bridges across seasonal rivers in one of the wettest regions of the world. Each bridge is a multi-generational project.
- lonnatic: Base Jumping Raven
Blog post telling a story of a raven.
- Beetle released into Texas ecosystem to combat invasive weeds | The Sideshow – Yahoo! News
The alligator weed flea beetle is being introduced into Texas waterways to attempt to control the alligator weed, an invasive species that clogs waterways. In Brazil (where they are both native) the alligator weed flea beetle lives only on alligator weed. It’s been introduced into the US before to control alligator weed, and has been successful. Still, one has a feeling of “They’re not going to be a pest” being famous last words.
- Unleash our kids – Salon.com
Books like “The Geography of Childhood” (Trimble & Nabhan) and “Last Child in the Woods” (Louv) talk about the benefits of allowing children to roam unsupervised. This article looks at some of the things being done to increase childhood freedom, and how that can improve urban infrastructure for everyone.
- In New York Sanitation Dept. Garage, an Art Gallery – NYTimes.com
A garbage man has been collecting thrown-away art objects for more than 20 years. Other garbage workers in throughout the boroughs have started pitching in over the years. An amusing look at what’s wasted. (The slideshow is interesting as well)
- 5 Eco-Friendly Missions For Drones | ecotrope.opb.org
Using unmanned aircraft (“drones”) to gather information that would be too expensive, tedious, or difficult for humans to gather. Current and proposed uses include counting bird colony populations, salmon nests, post-dam removal erosion in the Elwha River, and others.
- Intricate Rainforest Sculptures of Olinda
Beautiful sculptures by a European Australian who lived with Aborigines and was adopted by them. (slideshow, six slides)
- Ants and Trains: Adventures in urban field biology
Doing field biology along Metra train stations in the Chicago area, studying if and how ants use the train tracks as wildlife corridors.
- 7 Strange and Beautiful Carnivorous Plants | Ecorazzi
Some beautiful carnivorous plants from around the world. The Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle has some of these on display.
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