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#ShareATree for Arbor Day Foundation with Green is Universal

This post is in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation and Green is Universal. Our family tradition this time of year includes hunting for the perfectly shaped, real Christmas tree at a local tree farm.  In a pinch, we’ve bought trees that have been transported from another state.  But we try to keep it local, […]

Continue Reading By on December 4, 2014 in agriculture, ecosystem, green, holidays, tree, wildlife

Ozarks Water Quality

Tires and trash are typical finds when Missouri Steam Team volunteers conduct water cleanups.  Plus, volunteers take thousands of samples for ongoing water quality reports.  Their latest 2013 report shows reason for concern about nitrate, ammonia and phosphate among other contaminates in public waterways.  These can come from a variety of human activities and agricultural sources. […]

Continue Reading By on July 10, 2014 in agriculture, clean water, conservation, environmentalism, Ozarks, wildlife
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Saturdays in the Garden: Tiny Insect Inhabitants & Organic Care for the Ecosystem

Venture inside the organic garden gate and you’ll find a bustling world of tiny inhabitants.  These insects create an ecologically diverse community, giving to and receiving from various plants what each needs for survival.  Sure, an imbalance of pests can threaten a crop. That’s why integrated pest management is the ideal aim of organic gardeners. […]

Continue Reading By on May 31, 2014 in agriculture, environment, environmental health, family, farm, garden, gardening, organic, outdoor, parenting, pesticides, safer chemicals, toxic, wildlife

Defending Against Western Wildfires

What do mountain pine beetles and wildfires have in common?  According to foresters, both can destroy poorly managed forests but are less likely to cause damage in well managed forests.  Both thrive in drought conditions. Ryan Lockwood of the Colorado State Forest Service said, “Long-term drought and heavy buildup of trees essentially leads to both […]

Continue Reading By on July 23, 2013 in environment, forest, green, natural, outdoors, West, wildlife

Preserving Wild Side of Belize Involves Educating Christian College Students

What do scientists in Belize have in common with Christian college students in Appalachia?  They’re all interested in stewardship of the earth’s natural resources.  Recently a classroom of biology majors at Carson-Newman University in East Tennessee welcomed a representative from Belize to their Environmental Assessment class.  They wanted to learn modern scenarios where development and […]

Continue Reading By on June 3, 2013 in conservation, ecology, ecosystem, education, global, green, natural, sustainable, wildlife

Book Review: The Perfect Protein by Oceana CEO

God bless the poor attendant behind the meat counter the next time I shop for seafood.  After reading the new book The Perfect Protein by Oceana CEO Andy Sharpless, I’ll be fishing for all sorts of information.  Is this fish farm raised or wild caught?  How many miles did it travel to the store?  How […]

Continue Reading By on May 28, 2013 in conservation, eating better, frugal, green, natural resources, nutrition, oceans, sustainable, wildlife

Landscaping around Deer

We love to watch in awe as baby fawns and their deer families pass along our yard each year.  They come and go as they please, and occasionally they’ll tolerate my camera. I’m reminded that the deer love to munch on some of our landscaping, especially lilies and other plants with tender leaves. We sometimes […]

Continue Reading By on July 22, 2011 in garden, outdoors, wildlife

Up-Close with Eagles

23-year-old bald eagle,”America” Prospects are good for a dozen new bald eagle babies being helped by the American Eagle Foundation.  They’re expected to hatch later this spring at the group’s lakeside nesting location in East Tennessee.  The Foundation hosts a webcam to allow virtual access to nests in the captive breeding program. Perched eagles in […]

Continue Reading By on April 4, 2011 in outdoor, parenting, wildlife