Author Archives: Lawrence Wade

Oceanography Lesson 4 – Rivers in the Sea

Oceanography 4 – Rivers in the Sea Ocean Currents, Prevailing Winds, and the Coriolis Effect From: Whales in the Classroom – Oceanography               By Lawrence Wade Graphics by Stephen Bolles The ocean currents of the world play a very important … Continue reading

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Animal Homes

Animal Homes This is a great time of year to study Animal Homes.  Below you will see a Youtube video I created in a park near my house. As you are watching the video, follow along and try to figure … Continue reading

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White-Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer If you live in a suburban area, white tail deer can be pests eating  hostas and vegetables in your garden; destroying a young tree by making it a rubbing post during the rutting (mating) season. But white … Continue reading

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Going Solo in the BWCA

Holly Einess has a Biology degree from St. Olaf College and is a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. Her dream is for humans to welcome nature into their everyday lives and to live in kinship with their fellow creatures on this … Continue reading

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Oceanography Lesson 3 – Mapping the Sea Floor Depth Across the Atlantic Ocean

From: Whales in the Classroom – Oceanography               By Lawrence Wade Graphics by Stephen Bolles Before starting this lesson, I recommend that you do the previous lesson on the Features of the Sea Floor. To do that lesson go to: … Continue reading

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Oceanography Lesson 2 – Features of the Sea floor and Climate Change

From: Whales in the Classroom – Oceanography               By Lawrence Wade Features of the Sea Floor Graphics by Stephen Bolles The sea floor has many unique features. The mid ocean ridges are undersea mountain ranges that extends 42,000 miles throughout … Continue reading

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Oceanography Lesson 1 – Pangaea and Plate Tectonics

From: Whales in the Classroom – Oceanography               By Lawrence Wade Graphics by Stephen Bolles The Earth itself has many stories to tell because it is always changing. One of the stories has to with the continent known as Pangaea. … Continue reading

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Cierva Cove, Antarctica

Photos and text by Jane Ball. Jane is a frequent contributor to the Old Naturalist. She has traveled the Earth and is a true guardian of our Planet. To me, Cierva Cove in Antarctica is one of the truly magical places … Continue reading

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Open Ocean Odysseys

Readers Robert Pitman, James Cotton, Diane Kaplan, Jen and Jordan Ganley share their stories about being at sea. Mom’s the Word Robert Pitman, Whale Biologist, NMFS I was aboard a Japanese research vessel and we approached a pod of sperm … Continue reading

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The Beauty and Value of Fungus in a Forest Ecosystem

A fungus photo essay by Jen Ganley who is from New England; Janine Pung who is from Minnesota; and Jim Cotton from Redwood country, Northern California; Maria Montero, from Minnesota. Thanks to Ron Spinosa of the Minnesota Mycological Society for … Continue reading

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