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Pando (tree) - Wikipedia
Pando […] is a clonal colony of an individual male quaking aspen determined to be a single living organism by identical genetic markers and assumed to have one massive underground root system. […] The root system of Pando, at an estimated 80,000 years old, is among the oldest known living organisms.
trees  biology  nature  mega-organisms  forests  eye-opening-thing 
29 days ago by jbrennan
beyond ecophobia By David Sobel — YES! Magazine
In response to physical and sexual abuse, children learn distancing techniques, ways to cut themselves off from the pain. My fear is that our environmentally correct curriculum will end up distancing children from, rather than connecting them with, the natural world. The natural world is being abused, and they just don't want to have to deal with it.

I propose that there are healthy ways to foster environmentally aware, empowered students. We can cure the malaise of ecophobia with ecophilia –supporting children's biological tendency to bond with the natural world. […]

Most environmentalists attributed their commitment to a combination of two sources: “many hours spent outdoors in a keenly remembered wild or semi-wild place in childhood or adolescence, and an adult who taught respect for nature.” Not one of the conservationists surveyed explained his or her dedication as a reaction against exposure to an ugly environment.

What a simple solution. No rainforest curriculum, no environmental action, just opportunities to be in the natural world with modeling by a responsible adult. […]

We initiated our bird curriculum planning at Camp Waubenong by agreeing that we wouldn't have the children identify birds from fleeting glimpses and then look them up in books to start. Boring! Rather, we speculated on what it is about birds that appeals to children. The answer was obvious: they fly, and they make nests. Applying the developmental principle that children like to become things rather than objectify them in early childhood, we came up with our plan.
children  environmentalism  climate-change  nature  birds  water 
july 2018 by jbrennan
These Songbirds Can Speak To Each Other Like Humans Do | Popular Science
Some of us are adept at successfully communicating thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Others may stumble or struggle to put their ideas and feelings into words. But regardless of the size of our lexicons, all of us humans share the ability to combine two or more words into a new meaning or idea —an ability known as "compositional syntax." This has long been thought to be unique to Homo sapiens, but biologists have discovered this ability for the first time in another species: the Japanese great tit (Parus minor).
This little songbird that may well have just revealed animal communication to be a much more complex world than we previously thought. The new findings are published in the journal Nature.
nature  language  birds  science 
march 2016 by jbrennan
German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too - The New York Times
“Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings. They can count, learn and remember; nurse sick neighbors; warn each other of danger by sending electrical signals across a fungal network known as the “Wood Wide Web”; and, for reasons unknown, keep the ancient stumps of long-felled companions alive for centuries by feeding them a sugar solution through their roots.”
trees  book  nature 
february 2016 by jbrennan

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