Nature Exhibits Fascinate Children and Adults Alike in Dallas, TX

Children of all ages are fascinated by the natural world around them. Animals large and small, unique and fascinating plants, even the skeletons of creatures long gone captivate their imaginations and expose them to different forms and stages of life on Earth. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, works to create interactive experiences to teach children about the many living things with whom we share our planet, while introducing them to new concepts, spectacular animals and new perceptions.

The museum currently has a traveling exhibit open to visitors called ‘Animal Inside Out‘, which explores the biology, zoology and physiology of creatures of all sizes. Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Dr. Angelina Whalley, the exhibit teaches visitors about the skeletal structures,muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nervous systems of various animals, including cows, horses and ostriches, as well how animals breathe, eat and reproduce. Dr. von Hagens and Dr. Whalley hope that their eye-opening exhibition will inspire a new appreciation for living things and awareness for the importance of animal conservation.

The Perot Museum recently ended the ‘Recycle Reef’ summer exhibit, and has additional exhibitions on the way, including ‘The World’s Largest Dinosaurs’, presented by Highland Capital Management with Co-Founder and President James Dondero.

“Dinosaurs rock!” Jim Dondero explained. “The science and fantasy of dinosaurs inspire children of all ages. We are proud to help bring the World’s Largest Dinosaur exhibit to Dallas.”

The ‘World’s Largest Dinosaurs’ exhibit is scheduled for next April.

 

Rare Gorilla Species Caught on Video Camera

Conservationists have revealed that a cleverly concealed video trap has captured footage of the world’s rarest species of gorilla.

Located in the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary in Cameroon, the camera trap has recorded to first-ever video of Cross River gorillas. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the species has less than 250 individuals remaining.

The sanctuary was established in 2008 with only one goal- to protect the Cross River gorilla species, which survives only in the mountain forests along the Nigerian and Cameroon borders.

“This video gives us all a spectacular view into the hidden world of one of our closest relatives, which is in dire need of our help to survive,” said WCS president and COO Steve Sanderson.

“The video represents the best images to date of Cross River gorillas, normally shy animals hat flee at the slightest hint of human presence,” said Christopher Jameson, also of WCS. “The footage provides us with our first tantalizing glimpses of Cross River gorillas behaving normally in their environment. A person can study these animals for years and never catch a glimpse of the gorillas, much less see anything like this.”

What To Do With a Family on Earth Day

Google has so delightfully reminded us that today, April 22nd, is Earth Day, and that we should all be outside appreciating our beautiful planet.

Families often have a hard time finding activities that are appropriate for all ages, so here is a list of a couple great ways to celebrate the great outdoors:

  • The traditional outdoor activities like the beach, hiking, picnics, sailing, kite flying, and BBQ are often the most enjoyable. A visit to a local zoo, wildlife reserve of stable are also wonderful options.Plan a relaxed, nature-filled day with little touches everyone will enjoy- including the dog! Play Frisbee, have ice cream, roast some marshmallows… The simple things in life will remind you and your children to appreciate nature’s comforts.
  • If the weather is bad, or the mood just isn’t right, you can  appreciate Earth from your own living room. As ironic as it seems, there are some great nature-focused movies that will help you and your kids reconnect with the beautiful landscapes and climate of our planet. Try Avatar, Wall-E, March of the Penguins or The Day After Tomorrow. If your children are younger, The Magic School Bus TV series is a wonderful way to expose them to the wonders of nature.
  • Another great home-based activity is revamping your yard and window boxes. Get connected with Planet Earth by planting a new tree, trimming the hedges, adding flowers throughout your home and new compost to your garden. Try adding herb pots to your kitchen window, these not only smell great but will come in handy for cooking as well!
  • Lastly, engage in some spring cleaning and air out your home. Open all the windows and doors while you go through your winter clothes, scrub mirrors and window panes and dust the bookshelves. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it’ll make, and how great you feel once you’re done!

What is Mist?

Mist is actually thousands of small water droplets or ice crystals held in the air, close to the earth’s surface. In reality, mist and fog are types of clouds, but the term ‘cloud’ generally implies that the body is floating in the atmosphere as opposed to hovering just above the ground. Also, the moisture in the mist or fog is most often from a local lake, ocean or marsh, while clouds are formed by moisture in the air. Mist can occur naturally, or as a manufactured phenomenon, such as in a sauna or with aerosol cans in the right humidity.  In nature, it is common in cold air above warmer water, or as a result of a volcanic eruption. It is most often found on shorelines, but it can be seen as high as mountain tops if extreme temperatures are low enough.

The difference between fog and mist is visibility. The occurrence is called fog when clear sight is obscured from one kilometer away, or less. The word ‘haze’ usually refers to murky air which is polluted by dust or other substances which effect visibility. When seen from far, haze has a dirty brown or yellow color, as opposed to mist which appears as bluish.

Tycon Creek State

There’s often not all that much to do on a Saturday afternoon for the more conservative college student.  It is pretty typical for most students to be sleeping off their Friday night hangovers.  But if you just want a bit of quiet time, and want to enjoy the leisure time you have in a city that is perhaps far from home, your best bet might be a nature trail.  Especially if you are in a place as glorious as Portland, Oregon.  It doesn’t take long to get to the state park, that is just minutes from downtown Portland.  There you can enjoy a wonderful hike (in pretty much all weathers; even in the rain), check out the park’s many nature trails nestled between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard, southwest of Portland or get your workout done by cycling around.  You will be privy to trilliums and all sorts of beautiful things and if you’re  not in the mood for exerting yourself then you can just take a seat and listen to the birds and squirrels talk about their day.  It’s an incredibly peaceful place to be and a wonderful experience no matter what you’re seeking.