Category Archives: animals

Monday thought of the week: this sense of connectedness

A thought: The notion that all life on earth, including us humans, share a common ancestor billions of years ago, is a wonderful thought. A salamander we spy on a damp trail following rain is a distant cousin of ours. … Continue reading

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BOOK: Jessie’s Island

Sheryl MacFarlane, Jessie’s Island (Custer, WA: Orca Book Publishers, 2015 [1992]), 32 pp. Illustrated by Sheena Lott. Publisher’s description With a long list of activities and events to attend, cousin Thomas paints a picture of city life that makes Jessie’s … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: deer family at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

On Monday, while at OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for an appointment with Afton’s neurologist, we were greeted by a family of four deer, including a buck, next to the main entrance. Talk about urban nature! (By coincidence Afton was wearing … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking

Elin Kelsey, Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking (Berkeley, CA: Owlkids Books, 2015), 32 pp. Artwork by Soyeon Kim. Without using the term, Wild Ideas is all about biomimicry – looking to nature’s innovations to model approaches to solving human … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Welcome to the Neighborwood

A great way to teach kids about three-dimensional structures in nature – such as animal homes – is with three-dimensional teaching aids. A new book by artist Shawn Sheehy does just that. In Welcome to the Neighborwood (Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, … Continue reading

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BOOK: Welcome to Subirdia & lecture video

Connecting to nature is most easily accomplished by simply hanging out in one’s own neighborhood. Traveling distances to local natural areas, state parks, or national lands might bring you the opportunity to encounter interesting wildlife, but one’s own neighborhood hosts … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: more than enough

A thought: Cultivating relationships with animals, both real and imagined, is one of the best ways to foster empathy during early childhood. Children want to run like deer, to slither along the ground like snakes, to be clever as a … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Encounter the everyday wilderness: Lyanda Lynn Haupt at TEDxRainier

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BOOK REVIEWS: Spring nature book titles from Dawn Publications

Dawn Publications (Facebook/Twitter/blog) has three new children’s nature books for the Spring season that are geared toward kids ages 4-10, and I am happy to share a little about each one with you. Like I have mentioned before, this publisher produces … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild

Lyanda Lynn Haupt, The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild (New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2013), 352 pp. Getting to know the neighbors When you live in an urban environment, there are many things to deal with: pollution, … Continue reading

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