Sea Cucumbers

Photo: Brittgow, From the touch tank Sea Cucumbers = echinoderms from the class Holothuroidea. They are marine animals with a leathery skin and an elongated body containing a single, branched gonad (Wikipedia) Headlines‘Aphrodisiac’ of the ocean: how sea cucumbers became gold for organised crime – Guardian FYIEchinoderms are the largest phylum that has no freshwater …

Seaweed

Photo: Stanley Zimny, Seaweed Seaweed = large algae growing in the sea or on rocks below the high-water mark Recommended ListeningFestival reveals the beauty, wonder and potential of seaweed EventsManly Seaweed Festival – Seaweed Arboretum – Manly Museum and Art Gallery 10th April – 9th May 2021 HeadlinesThe remarkable power of Australian kelp – BBC …

Rivers Links

Photo Links related to rivers presented in somewhat random fashion: 2020 EventsInternational Conference on the Status and Future of the World’s Large Rivers, August 3-7, 2020, Moscow AustraliaAustralian Rivers Institute Translating: RiverMāori: Awa USAhttps://www.americanrivers.org/ The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act provides three levels of river classification: wild, scenic, and recreational. Wild rivers are free of …

Irrigation

Photo: Australia Irrigation = the supply of water to land or crops to help growth Elsewhere on the WebPBS Rain Birdrainbird.com – controllersgowifi NevadaStar Nursery BuzzwordsDrip – Drip Couplings – Drip Elbows – Drip Tees – Drip Tubing – Dripline – Emitters – Flushing the system – Irrigation – Shrubblers – Spaghetti Tubing – Sprinklers …

UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Photo: Henrik Johansson, Great Ocean Road The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health and gather ocean stakeholders worldwide behind a common framework that will ensure ocean science can fully support countries in creating improved conditions for …

Glaciers

Photo: Fox Glacier Glacier = a slowly moving river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow Wikipedia: Glacier = Persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight; it forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation) over many years, often centuries. Elsewhere on …

Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

Photo: Valerie Hukalo, 2006 South of tourism hotspots Cancún and Tulum lies the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Sian Ka’an is Mayan for ‘where the sky is born.’ Such poetic language perfectly suits this lovely reserve, which comprises tropical forests, wetlands, reefs and a beautiful Caribbean coast. Most travelers head to Punta Allen for sportfishing and …

Ocean

Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center In a sense, there is only one ocean covering 72% of the planet. One planet, one ocean. That said five oceanic divisions are usually reckoned: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern; the last two listed are sometimes consolidated into the first three. What’s most important to note is that …

Ocean Month

Photo: GSFC June is Ocean Month Hashtags:#OceanMonth#MesDeLosOcéanos Key Linkshttps://oceanservice.noaa.gov/aa-updates/world-ocean-month-061418.htmlhttps://www.census.gov/newsroom/stories/2020/ocean-month.html Embedded Tweets Planeta

Xochimilco Gardens

Poster: Ron Mader, Felicidades What does responsible travel look like in Mexico City? = ¿Cómo se ve un viaje responsable en la Ciudad de México? In 2021 we are talking with friends including Marlene Ehrenberg about the revitalization of the formal ecological park. Our major request is that the park develop its own website, Facebook …