Amaranth

Photo: Contemporary Austin Amaranthus, collectively known as amaranth, is a cosmopolitan genus of annual or short-lived perennial plants. Some amaranth species are cultivated as leaf vegetables, pseudocereals, and ornamental plants. Most of the Amaranthus species are summer annual weeds and are commonly referred to as pigweed. – Wikipedia May 2019 Event The Contemporary Austin: Learn …

Nature

Photo: Alaska NPS Nature = the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations Features Biodiversity Plants Water Wildlife State of Nature 2019 Twitter @IUCN_CEC @GeorgeMonbiot @guardianeco @RichLouv @UNEP Planeta.com Nature Links Natural World

Wild USA

Photo: NPS, Yosemite The United States has a long history of conservation and lack thereof. The stories of the parks, protected areas, wilderness and wildlife are embedded throughout Planeta.com. New Visitor Spending Near USA National Parks National Parks and Monuments Organ Pipe National Monument Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Yosemite National Park Grand Canyon National Park …

Islands

Buzzwords Island = A piece of land surrounded by water. Islands Crete Cuba Fiji Iceland Seychelles Puerto Rico Tombolo Fraser Island (K’Gari) Mauritius New Zealand = Aotearoa Rottnest Island = Wadjemup Features Virtual Island Summit 2019 Island Resources Foundation Planeta.com Ocean Changing Climate

Las Vegas Community Healing Garden

Photo The Las Vegas community has come together to build a new community healing garden as a prompt and thoughtful response to 2017’s Oct. 1 tragedy, when a lone gunman massacred 58 individuals and injured 526 more who were attending a music festival. Stonerose Landscapes principals Jay Pleggenkuhle and Daniel Perez designed a memorial garden …

Birds

Photo: Hotel Xixim, Flamingos, Celestún, México Bird = a warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly Celebrations World Migratory Bird Day Species Ducks Penguins Kākāpō Webcams Favorite Streams: New Zealand’s Royal Cam Amazon.com The Wonder of Birds Elsewhere on the Web peruaves.org …

Bushfires

Photo: Rob Down Under, Backburning Bushfire = a fire in scrub or a forest, especially one that spreads rapidly Recommended Listening Safeguarding your home before bushfire strikes Elsewhere on the Web bnhcrc.com.au Photos Planeta.com Fire Wildfires

Dark Skies

Buzzwords Dark Sky = denoting or located in a place where the darkness of the night sky is relatively free of interference from artificial light Key Links http://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html http://www.darksky.org http://www.darksky.org/dark-sky-week-2018 Facebook @IDADarkSky Events Joshua Tree’s 2019 Night Sky Festival International Dark Sky Week 2018 2019 Association Award Winners International Dark-Sky Association Announces 2019 Award Winners …

Milky Way

Photo: James Marvin Phelps, Milky Way over the Desert Milky Way = the galaxy that contains the solar system Headlines Where is the sun located in the Milky Way? The Milky Way Has Giant Bubbles at Its Center Elsewhere on the Web 3dgalaxymap.com atlasoftheuniverse.com/galaxy.html Photos Wikipedia Milky Way Galactic_Center Features Data Release #2 from Gaia …

Ocean

Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center In a sense, there is only one ocean covering 72% of the planet. One planet, one ocean. That said five oceanic divisions are usually reckoned: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern; the last two listed are sometimes consolidated into the first three. What’s most important to note is that …