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Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill, By Lynda Deniger

Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill

Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill, By Lynda Deniger

Louisiana and much of the Gulf coast had barely recovered from the 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina when the area was brought to its knees by the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history on April 20, 2010.

Patti Pelican and Sammy Seagull of the “Salty Seas Series” were caught in the wake of this latest tragedy.

Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill tells their inspiring story of rescue and release by the dedicated men and women who fought valiantly and tirelessly to rescue endangered wildlife trapped in the oil along the coastal waterways.

“Author Lynda Deniger has brilliantly crafted a factual story about the plight of birds who were oiled, captured, cleaned and rehabilitated by caring humans during the Gulf oil spill. This marvelous educational tool will help children understand the importance and value of preserving and protecting our environment while conveying a message of hope and inspiring environmental stewardship in children and adults alike.” Jay Holcomb, Director, International Bird Rescue Research Center

WATCH: Interview with the author, Lynda Deniger, on Good Morning New Orleans:

 

Original Article and Video

The International Bird Rescue

Living on the shores of Hawaii: natural hazards, the environment, and our communities

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A book by Chip Fletcher, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST); Robynne Boyd; William J. Neal, Professor Emeritus of Geology, Grand Valley State University; Virginia Tice.

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (UH Press).

Living on the shores of Hawaii: natural hazards, the environment, and our communities addresses a wide range of environmental concerns within the context of sustainability and their influence on the future of Hawaii. It traces land-use practices before and after the arrival of Westerners and the increased tempo of destruction following the latter.

It also discusses volcanoes and the risk of placing homes in locations vulnerable to natural hazards and the potential dangers of earthquakes and tsunamis to a complacent public.

Water issues, including scarcity, flooding, and pollution, are surveyed, as well as climate change and the possible outcomes of projected sea rise for Hawaii.

It then explains coastal erosion and beach loss and the problems of overfishing and ocean acidification. Later chapters assess residents’ risks to hurricanes, offering mitigation techniques, and provide a summary and some management conclusions.

Six Grains of Sand, Maui; By Dr. Gary Greenberg

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The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.”

By © Dr. Gary Greenberg

A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder.
The Amazing Microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg.

Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science.

Originally a photographer and filmmaker, at the age of 33 he moved from Los Angeles to London to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical research from University College London. Dr. Greenberg is currently the director of the Microscopy & Microanalysis Laboratory at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in Maui, HI.

Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history.

You will never look at a beach the same way again.

This picture represents Six Grains of Sands, from Maui.
Blue, Orange & Pink Sand Grains

The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, shell, and volcanic material.

“The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.”

All the Way to the Ocean

By Nancy Weiner, Editor Southern Sierran

Designed as a children book, Joel Harper’s “All the Way to the Ocean,” illustrated by Marq Spusta, and foreword by Laird Hamilton, delivers a strong message to adults as well about protecting the ocean, keeping our sewers free from garbage, and also about friendship and teamwork. And it is through teamwork that Mr. Harper created this wonderful little book with Mr. Spusta’s colorful, expressive illustrations.

What strikes this reader first upon opening “All the Way to the Ocean,” is that it is ostensibly a labor of love.