Eucalyptus

Images: Biodiversity Heritage Library Wikipedia: Eucalyptus is a genus of nearly nine hundred species of flowering trees, shrubs or mallees in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae commonly known as eucalypts. Plants in the genus Eucalyptus have bark that is smooth, fibrous or stringy, leaves with oil glands, and sepals and petals that are fused to form …

World Water Day

Photo: Wetlands Park (Las Vegas) World Water Day is March 22 coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. The annual UN observance day highlights the importance of freshwater. World Water Day is celebrated around the world with a variety of events. These can be educational, theatrical, musical, and lobbying in nature. Key Links …

Equinox

Buzzwords Equinox = the time or date (twice each year) at which the sun crosses the celestial equator, when day and night are of equal length (about September 22 and March 20). Translating: Happy Equinox Spanish: Feliz Equinoccio Embedded Tweets All you need to know about the March equinox, coming up this week: https://t.co/Q0Sp3nL3l8 This …

Teocintle

Photo: Melissa Biggs, Teosintle Teocinte is the wild ancestor plant from which corn was domesticated as a crop by the Indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica. Elsewhere on the Web Un recorrido por la historia del teocintle, el antepasado del maíz Biodiversidad.gob.mx Videos Wikipedia Zea perennis Zea Planeta.com Corn = Maíz = Conabio Wild México

Water

Photo: UNDP in Europe and Central Asia, Blyde River Canyon Sunset Water = a colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms. Celebrations February 2 World Wetlands Day World Wetlands Day March 22 World Water Day World Water Day June …

Cacti

Photo: UNESCO Cactus = a succulent plant with a thick, fleshy stem that typically bears spines, lacks leaves, and has brilliantly colored flowers. Cacti are native to arid regions of the New World and are cultivated elsewhere, especially as houseplants. Headlines Cacti Among World’s Most Threatened Species – Natureserve As Rains Ease in the West, …

Astronomy Links

Links related to astronomy Free! The Evening Sky Map is a monthly guide to the night sky suitable for all sky watchers. System Sounds http://www.system-sounds.com Headlines New evidence that all stars are born in pairs Biggest telescope may switch location http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/06/grand-tour-of-the-future/488909 Prehistoric tombs may have doubled as star-gazing observatories http://earthsky.org/space/astronomical-phenomena-events-for-this-year The Population of Space http://zoharesque.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-spacecraft-shirt-and-scandal.html …

World Environment Day

Poster June 5 is World Environment Day. “We recommend celebrating World Environment Day every day of the year,” said Planeta.com founder Ron Mader. This year our plans are a little more ambitious. Planeta.com invites friends to share photos and videos of eco-friendly cities, food, parks and beloved trees as part of this year’s celebration. 2018 …

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Photo: Ron Mader, Visitors Center Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Las Vegas and is easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. History: In 1990 Congress designated Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area (the seventh to be designated nationally). Today the …

Sonoran Desert = Desierto de Sonora

Photo: BLM, Night Sky Viewing One of our favorite places in the world lies across the USA/Mexico Borderlands, the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is the third largest North American desert and extends from the California-Nevada border south to the tip of Baja California and much of the state of Sonora. Two thirds of this desert lies in Mexico. …