• Ocean’s one

    By / October 20, 2008

    Despite the popularity of the recent films Ocean’s Eleven and sequel, Ocean’s Twelve, I have yet to see either blockbuster. I guess I’m just not a Clooney fan. But I am a fan of Ocean’s One.┬áIn fact, I just completed the Coastal Ecosystems module in the Florida Master Naturalist Program, meaning that I am now… Read more

  • Coastal Ecosystems, day four

    By / September 30, 2008

    What did I learn in school today? The difference between hair and fur is simple: hair has one shaft per follicle; fur has multiple shafts per follicle. Spatterdock has edible roots. Mammals have more specialized tooth forms than other toothed animals (sharks and other fish, reptiles, amphibians).

  • Coastal ecosystems, day three

    By / September 21, 2008

    What I learned in school today: Sugar sand is very fine-grained sand that occurs at various sites around south Florida. There’s actually a city park near where I live called Sugar Sand Park. Sugar sand is a very fine grained sand. Here in south Florida most sand on the beach has a very high shell… Read more

  • Coastal ecosystems, day two

    By / September 13, 2008

    What I learned in school today. Today’s field trips: Ocean Ridge Hammock Park in Boynton Beach and Lantana Nature Preserve in Lantana. Hammocks No, not the kind that you string between two trees. Although actually, that’s pretty close to perhaps the most compelling derivation of the word I’ve heard yet. According to Thomas E. Lodge… Read more

  • Coastal ecosystems, day one

    By / September 6, 2008

    Day one of the Coastal ecosystems module (click here if you don’t know what that means) was a good one, although I was very tired at the start of it. For some reason 6-month-olds just don’t care that you have to get up early in the morning. They’re on their own schedule, and everyone else… Read more

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