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Too much light, or too little

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

The nation behaves well if it treats natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value. … Conservation means development as much as it does protection. — Theodore Roosevelt
While some countries are struggling to get electricity, others

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Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While

Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While

As a child, I loved the natural world. Maybe it had something to do with growing up in a small town in upstate New York where the distractions of big-city lights were absent. Maybe it was because nature had so many secrets and I was thrilled to be a detective, uncovering them one by one. My neighbor Betsy and I built a tree fort and created rooms walled by foliage. We collected wildflowers instead of Barbie dolls. We put band-aids on earthworms inadvertently chopped by our dads’ lawnmowers. We diligently rescued and cared for baby birds that had fallen from their nests. We called our fort “Hullabaloo,” alluding to the action-packed activities of our backyard world.

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Helper becomes an invader

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is now. — African proverb
I am swallowing mouthfuls of dust each day, driving long distances in Ethiopia during the dry season. The majority of roads are not only dusty, but the dirt

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Tiny things run the world

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician; he is a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales. — Marie Curie
In 2012, the obvious science breakthrough of the year was the discovery in Switzerland of the Higgs boson, a

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Sustainable drinkables

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

An emerging community of “vinecologists” sees opportunity amidst the trellises: These ecologically minded researchers and vintners see a chance to strike a smarter balance between agriculture and conservation and to pioneer strategies that can deliver a crisp chardonnay with a bouquet of biodiversity. — David Malakoff, science

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Nature’s Secrets: Science-savvy teens prioritize future challenges

Meg Lowman atop the Myakka Canopy Walkway

Dr. Lowman’s latest Nature’s Secrets column in newsobserver.com:
Young people will not only inherit the wonders and beauty of Mother Nature, but also the challenges that require solutions. No doubt, they will excel at solving such problems – and at the same time, retain an appreciation of the

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Connecting families to nature

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. — Rachel Carson
When baby boomers think back to their childhoods, they can probably recall a tree house, a boy/girl scout camping trip, family picnics, or a passion

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Kids need to play in the mud now and then

Meg Lowman atop the Myakka Canopy Walkway

Dr. Lowman’s latest Nature’s Secrets column in huffingtonpost:
When baby boomers think back to their childhoods, they can probably recall a treehouse, a Boy/Girl Scout camping trip, family picnics, or a passion for fishing, hunting or horse riding. Now we need to bring back that halcyon childhood pastime

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9 easy tips to help our planet

Meg Lowman atop the Myakka Canopy Walkway

Dr. Lowman’s latest Nature’s Secrets column in newsobserver.com:
Though Americans represent 5 percent of the world’s population, we use 30 percent of the planet’s resources – and our consumption has doubled in the last 50 years. What happens to finite supplies of fresh water, oil and soil as

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Ecology’s next challenge

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

Teach your children well. — Crosby, Stills and Nash
The year 2013 marked the 100th birthday of the British Ecological Society, and the International Congress of Ecology recently met in London to mark this auspicious occasion. Like many scientific professionals, ecologists only reluctantly come away from their remote

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