My Latest Musings On 13 December 2014

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Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

On alternate weeks, I share the URLs to some articles by others that I have found interesting. Here is a list of some recent articles that I’ve read. I hope that you will offer your comments at the end of this list.


A significant number of my readers are educators. Their contribution is vital to the strength of a nation and to the conservation of Nature because the strength of a nation and a society and the preservation of Nature starts with great education opportunities for all. Here are three great videos that focus on education.

“Making sure all our students get a great education, find a career that’s fulfilling and rewarding, and have a chance to live out their dreams … wouldn’t just make us a more successful country — it would also make us a more fair and just one.” — Bill Gates

Here is a TED talk by Bill Gates on education and teachers.


A famous TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, ” How Schools Kill Creativity”  , is a “must see” for all educators.


I love stories that portray the successes of youth. This is a wonderfully inspiring story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build a cheap underwater robot from Home Depot parts and defeat the engineering powerhouse, MIT, in a robotics competition.

Underwater Dreams


Outdoor nurseries – the merits of child-centered learning outdoors. A great idea in environmental education



A fascinating article on very old trees. “According to the Eastern OldList, an online database of the oldest confirmed trees in eastern North America, a white cedar growing on the Niagara escarpment lived to the ripe old age of 1,653 before dying. Another lasted to 1,567. A 1,141-year-old specimen is still alive.”


Great statement of the connection between the evolution of the universe and life on Earth. The Most Astounding Fact – Neil deGrasse Tyson. We are in the universe and the universe is in us. Our atoms come from the stars. Thanks to David Collin  for bringing this to my attention.


Penn State study revealing how deer react to hunters. Gun noise produces evasive behavior changes in a given geographic area  but cross-bow hunting does not. The picture of the young trophy hunter in this story makes me real sick. I’m an idealist. I say, stop hunting altogether and restore our key predators. Quit trying to justify hunting with convenient “facts”.

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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