Birdsong

Bird song = Musical vocalizations of birds, typically uttered by a male songbird in characteristic bursts or phrases for territorial purposes. Recommended Listening Is birdsong music? Planeta.com Birds Wildlife

Billabong

Billabong = a branch of a river forming a backwater or stagnant pool, made by water flowing from the main stream during a flood. Origin mid 19th century: from Wiradhuri bilabang (originally as the name of the Bell River, New South Wales), from billa ‘water’ + bang ‘channel that is dry except after rain.’ Embedded …

World Wildlife Day

Poster: Ron Mader, World Wildlife Day World Wildlife Day takes place each year on March 3 and focuses global attention on the protection of biodiversity and wildlife. World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3rd, the date that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in …

#spacefornature

Hashtags Recapping the February 27-28, 2018 event: #SpaceforNature The challenge We are rapidly losing Earth’s wild species and wild spaces, with global vertebrate populations having declined by two-thirds by in the last 40 years.  Under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have pledged to protect at least 17% of …

Venus

Photo: Venus 10 Things to know about Venus Venus is only a little smaller than Earth. Venus is the second closest planet to the sun at a distance of about 108 million km (67 million miles) or 0.72 AU. One day on Venus lasts as long as 243 Earth days (the time it takes for …

Submarine Canyon

Buzzwords Submarine canyon = Steep-sided valley cut into the seabed of the continental slope, sometimes extending well onto the continental shelf, having nearly vertical walls, and occasionally having canyon wall heights of up to 5 km, from canyon floor to canyon rim Wikipedia Submarine canyon Planeta.com Ocean

Seasons

Photo: NASA Goddard, Seeing Equinoxes and Solstices Seasons = each of the four divisions of the year (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) marked by particular weather patterns and daylight hours, resulting from the changing position of the Earth with regard to the sun. Also see: seasonality spring Spring summer Summer autumn Autumn winter Winter Sámi …

Petrichor

Nature Buzzwords Petrichor = The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell The term was coined in 1964 by two CSIRO researchers, Isabel Joy Bear (Australian) and Roderick G. Thomas (British), for an article in the journal Nature. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning “stone”, + ichor, the fluid that flows in …

#WorldWetlandsDay is February 2

Photo: Ron Mader, Clark County Wetlands Park World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2 to commemorate the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971. Hashtag: #WorldWetlandsDay Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all …