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Grant Shellhouse | July 6, 2020
The early-July refresh of the Resources for Sheltering at Home page brings a series of recommended readings. There are now three reading lists to be found under the “Read” tab. The first compiles books authored by A Rocha staff and friends. The next is a list of recommendations from the A Rocha community of books they’ve found to be good companions in these months… [More…]
- Emily Dickinson’s Hope is the Thing with Feathers: A Visual Interpretation by Julian Peters [Article]
- Living the Sabbath by Love Your Place [Book Club]
- Loving What You Know by Jubilee Dueck Thiessen [Article]
- Holy, Wholly Holey Ground by Karen Curry [Video]
- Home Delivery No.2: Davis, Harris, McCracken, Neder hosted by Laity Lodge [Video]
- The Third Place: Our Place in a Changed Society hosted by CEEP Network [Webinar]
July 29: Trivia Night: Plastic Free July
July 18-26: National Moth Week
July 10: Laudato Si: Faith, Plastic and a Regenerative Society by Plastic Bank Faith Program
July 6-11: Black Botanists Week
June 22-28: National Pollinator Week by Pollinator Partnership
June 22-27: Black Hikers Week
June 8: World Oceans Day
June 6: American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® by American Hiking Society
June 5: World Environment Day 2020 by UN Environment Programme
June 5: The Challenges of Covid-19 and the Opportunity for Renewal host by Plastic Bank Faith Program
June 1-7: International Nature Journaling Week
June 1: World Reef Day
June 1: Virtual Fireflies Event hosted by Discover Life in America
May 31-June 5: Black Birders Week
International Dark Sky Week [Video]
Cornell Lab | Joy of Bird Watching [Online Course]
Earth LIVE Lessons [Video]
Backyard Ecology: Earthworms! [Video]
The Ocean Agency [Google Earth Required]
You can use any number of science apps to do citizen science in your own backyard, on a “social distance” walk, or even out your windows. A Rocha uses several that we’d encourage you consider.
iNaturalist is an application used for mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity. It’s great for helping you identify plants and animals around you. There’s a huge community of scientists and citizen that provide quick feedback on questions you might have. They have some great recommendations for species identification even when you’re “stuck at home.”
We’ve created a new project inside iNaturalist called A Rocha Pollinators. Be sure to add this project on any observations you make.
Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations. They have instructions on their site for getting involved.
Earth Challenge 2020
A global citizen science initiative that will demonstrate how small acts of science can add up to global change.
Below are books by A Rocha authors, a curated list by theme of books to consider in these times, and book recommendations from A Rocha friends and staff for these days of sheltering in place. You can make a recommendation of your own on our Facebook page.
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by David Braud, professional photographer and A Rocha artist partner
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Prairie Warbler – Natchez Trace Parkway, Franklin, TN Saw my first Prairie Warbler at Radnor last year and today was my second a bit closer to home just off the Natchez Trace Parkway. Thank you @kenbenge for meeting me out there and showing me this great new spot. At least 12 species (not including the more common birds) and one lifer (Yellow Breasted Chat). #ethicsbeforeimages #kings_birds #birds_illife #bestbirdshots #live_love_wildlife #birdsoftennessee #feather_perfection #eye_spy_birds #your_best_birds #nuts_about_birds #bird_brilliance #perfect_birds #birds_adored #pocket_birds #bns_birds #bb_of_ig #planetbirds #explore_wildlife #marvelouz_animals #florafauna_in #abcmyphoto #natureartist #naturearts #nature_worldwide_birds #arochausa #arocha #loveyourplace #prairiewarbler #warbler
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Ladies and Germs, I present to you a Lazuli Bunting. I’ve had them in my yard the last several years, so I figure they must nest close by, if not in one of my trees. The first time I saw one of these buggars several years ago, I figured it was an exotic escapee from someone’s cage or a pet store. I was so impressed by that shocking blue hood. For some reason, this year has been different. This little bunting appeared one day and started singing his fool head off almost nonstop. This happened for more than a week and I figured he was looking for a lady friend. Anyway – he finally disappeared altogether and I have not heard him since. I hope he found what or whom he was looking for – someone to settle down with, raise a family, argue with on the way to church. Stuff like that. #nature_birds #birds_lovers #birdsintheworld_ #nuts_about_birdbird #best_birds_ #birdspotting #king_birds #bird_captures #bird_freaks #almightybirds #raw_birds #best_birds_of_world #best_bird_of_ig #nature_worldwide_birds #thebirdingsquad #best_bird_shots #best_birds_planet #best_birds #birding_photography #explore_wildlife #explore_wildlife_ #nature #naturephotography #beauty #beautiful #lazuli #lazulibunting
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