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Outdoor jobs?

Can you think of any jobs that sound like this? Spending time outdoors, collecting samples, analyzing them in the lab, figuring out how to improve our way of life on this planet. Maybe teaching kids from time to time. [more inside]
posted by Mdomdom on Nov 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Looking for a good picture book showing the biodiversity of the Earth

I'm looking for a giant book of life on earth for a kid. A book with real pictures (not drawings) that highlights the biodiversity of the earth. A book with 400+ pages that would have pictures of things like the dragon blood tree, the jewel caterpillar, the banyan tree, the cashew tree, the iridescent sky blue Hoplia coerulea. Not just pigs, zebras, and lions. And not anything framed as "weird!" If there was an updated version of the Illustrated Wildlife Treasury Cards, that would be fantastic and ideal. But I don't see such a thing, so a book will have to do. Any suggestions?
posted by cashman on Nov 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Happy Owl-oween! Outdoor microphone for listening to bird sounds indoors

My elderly dad would like to listen to bird, owl, and nature sounds that are going on outside of his house from inside the house. Is there an outdoor microphone and indoor receiver (amp? speaker? I'm not quite sure what I am looking for here) system that will do this for him easily? [more inside]
posted by ohohcyte on Oct 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me hike Maryland

I recently discovered that I really enjoy hiking. I live in Maryland, and would like to experience some good hikes in the state. Ideally hikes at a moderate level of intensity that could accommodate a group of five or six. These would be weekend hikes, and the less crowded the better. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Should we stay or should we go now?

My boyfriend and I currently live in NYC. We hate it - we're tired of the noise, the garbage, the tiny apartments and the high prices for nearly everything. But we're considering having a baby in the next few years, and both our families are nearby - should we stay for family support or move to a location where we would likely be happier? [more inside]
posted by nightdoctress on Aug 17, 2015 - 31 answers

No dirty limericks, but a veiled sonnet would be nice

Wedding poetry recommendations for a pair of active, late 20-somethings? [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Jul 23, 2015 - 12 answers

Help me find high res shots of beautiful old trees.

Inspired by yesterday's Your Shot post on National Geographic, I bought a print. Now I want more [more inside]
posted by msali on Jul 14, 2015 - 5 answers

LAZURASNAIL: What happened to the British Museum's revenant mollusc?

In the mid-1800s, a snail spent years glued to a specimen card in the British Museum before scientists realized it was still alive. What became of this snail? Help me solve a scientific History Mystery, AskMe! [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Jul 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Monkey sexual politics documentary scene

A few years ago I watched a David Attenborough nature doc in which he narrated a scene that took place in an ancient, overgrown jungle temple. An alpha male monkey was surrounded by females, and a smaller, cheeky, male monkey waited nearby. A scene unfolds where a particular female waits for the right moment, calls the cheeky monkey over when the alpha isn't looking, and quickly mates with him, before he runs off into the jungle. What is this scene from? I would LOVE to find it again. Thanks.
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2015 - 5 answers

What's a nature-y hotel that's a short flight from Los Angeles?

Trying to take a short trip with two toddlers where they can get knee-deep in nature - forests, lakes, whatever. Ideally it's a nice, high-end hotel that's family friendly, a short flight (we'd like to go beyond the road trip radius) from LA. Any suggestions? Maybe somewhere outside of Portland?
posted by malhouse on May 19, 2015 - 10 answers

"Life exists to modify carbon"?

I read an article several years ago in which the following argument was made: "life" exists to modify carbon. The assertion was that "life" arose as the most efficient method for creating certain forms of carbon utilizing all available resources, including sunlight, etc. Does anyone know of the article or of the broader theory?
posted by jefficator on May 5, 2015 - 3 answers

"Savage Wildlife" or something.

Nostalgia time: I can't remember the title of a series of direct-mail nature videos advertised on TV. [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo on May 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Spoken Word for the Great Outdoors

I recently bought a pair of Aftershokz bone conduction headphones, with the express purpose of using these to listen to podcasts, audiobooks etc. without shutting out the sounds of the world around me when hiking. As hoped, they work brilliantly, so I'm now looking for new ideas of what to listen to when spending quality alone time surrounded by nature. [more inside]
posted by protorp on May 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Similar books to Walden by Henry David Thoreau?

I'm curious to know if there are any works of novels, poetry, and non-fiction that parallel with the work of Walden? From an individualist, naturalist, and stream of consciousness point of view. Particularly works similar to Thoreau's eloquent writing style. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Apr 23, 2015 - 15 answers

What kind of tree is this?

What kind of tree is this?
posted by gocubbies on Mar 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me expand my descriptive vocabulary!

I'd like to learn some more vocabulary to describe nature and architecture for my writing. I love elaborate descriptions in 19th century literature, but I have no idea about the names of most flowers and trees, and I have no idea how to describe various types of architectural in anything but the vaguest terms. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Mar 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Sastrugi: ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind

With the recent news that nature words are being removed from children's dictionaries, I'm looking for many more nature words and their definitions to add to my lexicon. Books, blog posts, whatever, I'll take them all. The more obscure and localised the better. (Title taken from here).
posted by Solomon on Mar 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Viewing natural Australia around Sydney (without too much walking)

We have a couple more days in Sydney, and need a few suggestions for what to do with the rest of our time. I would prefer sights and scenes of nature we can't see anywhere else. The difficulty: my wife needs a break from walking. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Mar 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Metaphors similar to this one?

I'm working on a project and I'm looking for metaphors that describe the relationship between a secret and the covering it is embedded in. I'm looking at examples from nature--like a pearl in an oyster for example. It's a loose metaphor really, as long as that which is embedded is precious and sought after, and the covering which envelops it doesn't really signal that there is anything of value inside. Ideas?
posted by omar.a on Feb 23, 2015 - 17 answers

Day trips and hikes in and around Sydney & Melbourne?

Next week I am visiting Australia for the first time. Flying in to Sydney, spending a week there with relatives in Merrylands, then two weeks with relatives in Melbourne (Braybrook) and then another week in Sydney. I want to know what is the best way to spend my time given that I am primarily interested in nature and day hikes, so the most pressing question is really 'What are the best day trips and hikes within a two-hour radius of Sydney and Melbourne?' Other factors: [more inside]
posted by legospaceman on Jan 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Name that tree

I found this leaf in Pittsburgh, PA. What kind of it tree did it fall from? [more inside]
posted by isnotchicago on Jan 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Has anyone seen/made a timelapse of shelf fungus (Trametes) growth?

I got to work with this example when I took a mycology class a few years ago, and it occurred to me that watching it grow might be kind of beautiful... if the years it took were compressed to a minute or so. I've found no such timelapses, however.
posted by unmake on Jan 6, 2015 - 1 answer

Cool places near JFK

I'm staying near JFK and have a couple of days in NYC. I have a bunch of work to do on a laptop and I like good coffee shops to work in (wifi + outlets), unusual food that I should try in NYC, and pretty nature. It's winter. Where should I go?
posted by 3491again on Dec 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Vacation in nature--without a car to get there?

I am taking a much-needed vacation in December before the holiday season. I would LOVE to get out of the city for a week and just wander around in nature, but I don't know where to start given the potential obstacles. I grew up going to Acadia National Park in Maine...so I'm basically looking for the same thing somewhere warmer. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Nov 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Shortcuts to Dendrology?

I'm looking for shortcuts, mnemonics, hacks or cheats to become an expert at identifying trees. What helped you? Despite having a passion for the woods, owning several great books on tree identification and even carrying an ID chart, the business of saying "Ah! An elm! Hey! A lime!" or indeed "No. 1: The Larch. The Larch" still eludes me. Please note - I'm in the UK.
posted by tzb on Nov 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Are mountain lions freeloaders?

Do mountain lions ever eat the remains of another animal's kill, or do they eat only what they kill themselves?
posted by tzuzie on Oct 13, 2014 - 9 answers

High-resolution, public-domain, landscape photography archives?

I'm looking for high-resolution (full-color or gray-scale), public domain archives of landscape photography (specifically of terrains and mountains). [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Sep 27, 2014 - 4 answers

Tell me about these berries!

What are they? Can I eat them (I didn't, they don't look very eaty)? I found them on the sunshine coast in BC and proceeded to fail at google.
posted by rideunicorns on Sep 2, 2014 - 3 answers

Throwing starfish

What are your associations with Loren Eiseley's "The Star Thrower"? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Aug 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Nature-filter: What is this (bird?) call?

At my mother's house in central Indiana and she's been hearing this sound from the woods, all night, for several weeks. Who can identify this? http://clyp.it/rfyfb33n (@ 0:01 and 0:014)
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on Aug 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me plan a day trip from San Francisco to the Monterey Bay Area.

Where should my boyfriend and I go and what should we do on a day trip to the Monterey Bay area? [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Aug 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Seeking an early Autumn room with a view

Completely indecisive person seeking an end of September/early October 3-4 day trip from DC - short drive, train, or plane trip for around 1k. No idea where I want to go, but the only must is a room/balcony with a really beautiful nature view. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Jul 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Art of Science, Art of Nature

Looking for examples of unexpected, artistic representations of nature [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon on Jul 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Can anyone identify this... Thing?

One of the kiddos in my Cousin's class found this: rando nature doodad Data points - she is located in Iowa. She describes it as being squishy and the white bit feels kind of like a hard boiled egg. Any ideas?
posted by sleepykitties on Jun 17, 2014 - 12 answers

What was this old PBS show that's haunting me?

I think it's from the late 70s-early 80s. A woman, her fish/butterfly net, her little house/hut thing, and nature. I don't think I made it up... [more inside]
posted by umwhat on May 22, 2014 - 4 answers

A mysterious bird is taunting me with its song.

I live in a wooded suburb of Providence, Rhode Island, so we have a great variety of birds all year long, especially during the warmer months. I keep hearing one bird song outside my window that I can't quite pinpoint. It's a "whee-oooh (high-low-ascending), ooooh (descending)" sound. A recording of my impression is attached, as it's a been a bit hard for me to get a recording of the mysterious bird alone. [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on May 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Regression equation with mean temperature as output variable

If you had a multivariate equation whose output variable is mean surface temperature on earth, what would be the rough beta value for distance from the sun (in millions of miles or whatever)?
posted by clockzero on May 18, 2014 - 4 answers

LA Filter: Are there picnic tables at Placerita Canyon? If not, where?

LA Filter: Picnic Tables near Nature? 14 Corridor maybe. I'd like to spend a chunk of Saturday or Sunday at a picnic table near nature. Somewhere within about an hour or so of West LA would be ideal. I'm thinking somewhere along the 14 corridor near Santa Clarita or Aqua Dulce. Also, somewhere with a largish natural area where I could do a short hike would be nice. I was kind of thinking maybe Placerita Canyon, but I don't know if there are any picnic tables there. Vasquez Rocks is fun but I don't recall any shady picnick table area. Bonus points for (a) very few or no kids running around screaming, (b) sunny with shade, (c) wildflowers currently blooming. I definitely need a picnic table becuase of what I want to do while I'm hanging out with Nature.
posted by bluesky78987 on Mar 21, 2014 - 7 answers

Death-free nature documentary

We're flying with our 2.5-year old and would like to find a nature documentary or TV show for her to watch on our iPad. She doesn't watch much TV, so this is a Big Treat that will hopefully distract her for at least some of the flight. The catch: we're not ready to deal with death yet, so I'd like something without predation/disease/starvation/etc. For simplicity's sake, I'd prefer something available on iTunes, but am willing to look other places, as well. We'd also prefer to avoid mass market characters (Elmo, Mickey Mouse, etc.). Any good suggestions?
posted by griseus on Mar 12, 2014 - 34 answers


Any suggestions for movies / television shows set in very peaceful settings? [more inside]
posted by mysticreferee on Mar 3, 2014 - 48 answers

Beautiful places in San Francisco for a person with limited mobility?

A friend's mother is coming to town and we're trying to brain storm some beautiful places to take her. The thing is she has limited mobility and tends to get around in a wheel chair. When I think of places to take people it usually involves a hike to something like the Sutro Baths or China Beach, etc, etc. Would love to hear some thoughts!
posted by matt_od on Feb 25, 2014 - 17 answers

How to get a 5 year old disney princess excited about science?

Any ideas on making discovery fun for a princess obsessed 5 year old girl? [more inside]
posted by savitarka on Jan 28, 2014 - 44 answers

Documentary TV Series like Wild China

We (the royal we) have been watching Wild China recently. It's a 6 part nature documentary that's also a bit of a travelogue. What we like about it--they go to a place not usually covered by Public TV nature docs and mix in explorations of the human culture there as well as geographic and biological subjects. What else is like this? What should we watch next? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommendations please for the nearest gorgeous landscape. [Northern CA]

I am finishing finals and me and a bud would like to go somewhere on tuesday and look at something really gorgeous. I live in Davis, CA and am willing to drive 2.5 hours in any direction. Looking for specific recommendations. [more inside]
posted by afterdark on Dec 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Nerdy field guides for California/Baja?

I am a biologist moving to San Diego. My work will take me all over the state, including SoCal deserts and Baja California. There are a million natural history books out there - which ones are worth the money? I want a good plant book for sure. But I would also love recommendations for geology, herps, birds, general natural history and anything else an outdoorsy gal might find interesting.
posted by intoxicate on Nov 27, 2013 - 11 answers

All nature all the time

Please recommend interesting spots within the US or Canada for a 7-10 (or even 15) day nature-centric vacation (for example bike tours, canoe trips or long hikes). [more inside]
posted by PorcupineQuills on Nov 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Buy or watch old episodes of Nature?

Is there somewhere I can buy old episodes of Nature, like from 1998? It seems like you can only find recent episodes online, from 2008 at the earliest. Any leads would be greatly appreciated! Even transcripts would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Nov 13, 2013 - 3 answers

How long for a spider to starve

How long will a spider, trapped in a car, take to die? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Nov 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Exciting Times in SLC

Suggestions for adventure and outdoorsy fun- on a tight budget, and without a car- in Salt Lake City this weekend? [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Oct 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Looking for Gaia, Tellus, Mother Earth, etc.

I need recommendations for gendered representations of nature (e.g.: Gaia, Tellus, Terra, Mother Earth/Nature, etc.) in literature, media, art, children's books, or anything else. [more inside]
posted by still bill on Oct 20, 2013 - 13 answers

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