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Denise Thornton

GOING TO BAT FOR BADGER BATS

In 2006 people started finding dead bats whose noses were covered in a white fungus in caves around Albany NY.  We now know this is the deadly White Nose Syndrome WNS, which has decimated the bat populations of Europe.  It’s spreading fast, jumping west more than 500 miles just last […]

79 IDEAS THAT REDESIGN TEACHING AND LEARNING

Continuing family health issues,  so I am taking the opportunity to recommend another really neat site I recently learned about. The Third Teachert is based on the premise that children develop through interactions, first with adults, then with peers, and ultimately with the environment around them. For children, that environment […]

LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Yesterday I was listening to Erle Ellis of the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, speaking about “The Ancient Anthropogenic Landscapes and the Emergence of the Anthropocene”  as part of the Weston Roundtable Series at UW-Madison. Check out a you tube on his research here. […]

TRY SCIENCE-BASED LIFE

We’ve been dealing with a sudden and serious medical issue in the family this past few days, and I have not had time to prepare a post.  So I am going to refer you to a very good blog I recently learned about through the quirky connections one can make […]

GROWING A REGIONAL FOOD ECONOMY

One of the workshops at the Midwest Organic Farming Conference we attended a few weeks ago was called “Creating a Regional Food Economy in Our Backyard.” This is a topic Doug and I care deeply about, and it’s central to the plans we have for our future. We’re lucky.  We […]