Monday Round up – October 9 to 13

1. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a feature on how birds manage to fly at high altitudes where the oxygen levels are low: “Flying on Fumes”.    Over five years, Cornell PhD student Sahas Barve (and others) studied the evolutionary solutions birds had come up with, publishing findings in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.  Barve’s study focused…

NAAEE’s virtual conference

As you will know by now, the annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education had to be cancelled owing to hurricane devastation.  NAAEE has announced, however, that it will hold a virtual conference, beginning on October 17th.  Details are here. NAAEE says: We hope you can join us for virtual conference week…

More Children and Nature Network blogs

1. September Is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Ken Krall | WXPR  September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in the U.S., a national event to raise awareness of the problem which affects one in six children in this country. Experts say a rise in idle activities, such as watching television and streaming services and playing video games, has the…

The Ascent of the Human

New Scientist Events asks: How did an upright ape conquer the world and all its rivals?  Discoveries made over the past few years are re-writing the story of human evolution – and it is far more intriguing than we ever imagined. It is organising a one-day masterclass with six leading experts guide you through the discoveries that are…

Monday Round up – October 2 to 6

1. The Natural History Museum in London has published its autumn programme of events and activities.  It’s here. The museum says: See award-winning nature photography, learn about some of the world’s most venomous creatures and dive into the evolutionary history of the whale. Exhibitions are open until 22.00 on the last Friday of October and November.…

National Poetry Day

To celebrate National Poetry day – 28th September – here’s something international from Du Fu (712 – 770) who was a Tang Dynasty poet.  He is writing here about the very wet autumn of 754 CE in what is now the Chinese megacity of Xi’an. Lamenting Autumn Rains Blustrous winds, unending rains, autumn of chaos.…

Our native wild cat

The latest edition of CJS Professional is now online, and you can read it here.  It includes this on the British wildcat: There is only one native wild cat in Britain (for now! – see below) and work is ongoing in Scotland to ensure its survival. Read about one volunteer’s Wonderful Wildcat Experience.  James Walker writes…