- I recently learned that there are 28 different species of goldenrod in Massachusetts alone, and a lot of them are blooming right around now. That’s so many. I’m beginning to be able to see some of the differences in growth habit, flower placement, and so on, but it’s hard!
- There are also so many different kinds of asters. Too many, if you ask me. 😛
- Read this NPR article about a young girl who loves bugs and the entomologists on Twitter who’ve supported and encouraged her. She’s wonderful, and I hope she continues with her grasshopper-related pursuits.
- Also, read this post from the Mother Nature Network about how the parasitic vine dodder may be helping plants to communicate with each other, which is honestly blowing my mind.
- Also also, read this post from the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada about how to communicate effectively with kids and help them explore their natural environment while managing risks. Honestly, I think this kind of very direct, clear communication is useful in basically any relationship with any person, but it does apply particularly well to situations in which sticks are being waved around.
- I like going through old nature photos from different parts of the past year. It reminds me that there’s something to see in nature in every season and every weather. There’s so much to look forward to. Spring ephemerals! Fall mushrooms and colored leaves! Winter ice formations and animal tracks in the snow!
- Coastal Massachusetts is currently getting rain and wind, the fringes of what’s left of Hurricane Jose, minus most of its destructive power. The cool temperatures are very welcome, and I’m excited to go hiking later this week and see what fungus friends the added moisture has perked up.
- I’m also planning to go walk on the beach tomorrow afternoon as the tide goes out and see if the storm has dredged up anything interesting. And if it doesn’t, well, the beach is always fun anyway.