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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

Peace

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

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

Light weekend hiking in Ferndale or Royal Oak

Looking for a nice place to do some light hiking this weekend during a day trip to the Detroit area. Preferably in Royal Oak or Ferndale because we will be in both places for different reasons. Something in nature with a loop hike between two and five miles preferably. Will travel to nearby towns for the right spot.
posted by morganannie on Sep 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Foolproof outdoorsmanship in the Bay Area.

Foolproof wilderness excursions (day or overnight) near the Bay Area for two people who are terrible at making arrangements. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 22, 2013 - 16 answers

What might I expect to hatch from these?

Cleaning my balcony yesterday, I overturned a bench to find these small eggs attached by a fine, stiff filament (or if not egg sacs, what, fungus maybe?). I'd like to know what will be issuing from them. I'm in Sydney, Australia.
posted by unliteral on Jun 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Flower Power!

It's winter! And I need spring, summer, fall....heck, any other season than winter! I want to spend some time with flowers. I am looking for places, specifically in the NYC metro area where I can sit with a group of flowers: maybe an indoor garden/nursery, or a flower show....or some crazy field that has flowers growing in the dead of winter (I know!) I do not want to buy flowers and watch them die in my apartment. Do you know of anywhere that I can sit and commune with flowers? Thanks!
posted by Hydrofiend on Jan 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should a nature lover and illustrator move to?

I am in the process of moving from my abusive family's house/city to another city with the wages I have saved over the past few years, but I have been unable to choose a city. It would ideally be affordable, and have a supportive environment for artists/illustrators with natural beauty and publishing opportunities. Do any cities come to mind? Any help would be very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

What does an elm look like?

I can't identify trees, bushes, shrubs, or flowers. How can I learn to do so on sight? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Dec 28, 2012 - 22 answers

The World of Mosses

Tell me about the quietest, mellowest, most relaxing nature documentaries that you know. I have the Planet Earth and Blue Planet series, and they're both amazing, but I'm looking for something slower paced and with less carnivorous ripping things apart. I'd watch the World of Mosses, if such a thing existed. Little birds building nests. Beetles roaming about, beetling. The lives of fungi. [more inside]
posted by bepe on Dec 4, 2012 - 34 answers

Pretty Plant Related Engagement Rings

Looking for ideas for a nature inspired engagement ring. [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Apr 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Wanderlust

My Italian nephew is the proud owner of a Greyhound bus pass. His pass is valid for two months, he speaks decent English, loves nature, and he is not afraid to sleep on the bus. He just arrived from New York City to Oklahoma City, where he will be based for a while. What loops around the US should he travel?
posted by francesca too on Mar 18, 2012 - 18 answers

Why do pine trees make a thumping noise?

Help me figure out why I hear and feel a thumping noise when I sit next to pine trees. [more inside]
posted by huxham on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

JRail accessible waterfalls between Osaka and Hiroshima.

JRail accessible waterfalls between Osaka and Hiroshima. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Nov 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Why was there an orange X on this dead sea turtle?

Why was there an orange X on this dead sea turtle? [more inside]
posted by ElizabethEllis on Nov 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Nature near St. Louis

Help me be outdoorsy in St. Louis, Missouri. [more inside]
posted by Karmacane on Jun 25, 2011 - 12 answers

ID this tree for me?

I took a picture and posted it on my site as a desktop wallapaper. I would like to title the image with the appropriate name of the tree — it was taken at Chicago Botanic Garden. Can someone identify this type of tree? the image is here thanks
posted by denaps on Apr 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Gender nonconformity and sexuality

How strong is the correlation between non gender conformity and homosexuality? [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 1, 2010 - 32 answers

Music of the Forest

Soft, sweet, beautiful, modern, folksy music that you might find sad but would NOT qualify as "depressing"? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Sep 10, 2010 - 101 answers

Double Hummingbird, Oh My God, It's So Intense! (But what kind were they?)

I want to learn more about wildlife/natural science in my local area. Can you recommend books? More on what I'm looking for inside. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Aug 1, 2010 - 13 answers

What kind of tree with sour leaves did we chew on at camp when I was a kid?

When I was a kid, I went to a summer camp in North Georgia for several summers. There was this one tree near the main parking lot that, for some reason, we all used to pull leaves off of and chew on them. They had a really pleasant sour taste. Anyone know what kind of tree it might have been? [more inside]
posted by ivey on Jul 19, 2010 - 8 answers

English Sights for a Young Girl

Where would you go and what would you do if you're a young museum- and nature-loving teen on her first trip to England? [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser on Jun 13, 2010 - 25 answers

Trees and churches...they used to coexist!

Romantic-era-art-filter: help me find the most beautiful painting that I've only seen once? [more inside]
posted by deep thought sunstar on May 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Whale song doesn't work quite as well.

Where can I get ambient nature sounds on the internet? [more inside]
posted by tumples on Jan 15, 2010 - 10 answers

Warmth and nature as far from NYC as possible. Oh, and a tight budget.

Warmth and nature as far from NYC as possible. Oh, and a tight budget. [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Dec 4, 2009 - 21 answers

Help Identifying Weird Old Nature Book

Help identifying weird old nature book, 1940's to 1970's. Links to images inside. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Nov 19, 2009 - 9 answers

Incest taboos: do animals have them?

How common is incest in the animal kingdom? [more inside]
posted by thisperon on Nov 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me find vivid books about man in nature.

Help me find books of a particular genre, or collection of similar genres. Specifically, books on living in or traveling through nature that have visual, picturesque language about the landscape/scenery/ecology. [more inside]
posted by Stryke11 on Oct 11, 2009 - 17 answers

Cheap driving trip from LA?

Where can I go in SoCal for a 3 day weekend? [more inside]
posted by ValkoSipuliSuola on Sep 7, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me choose a DSLR.

Can anyone recommend a good action, landscaping, and travel DSLR in the $~1000 range? I tend to travel around and take pictures of nature, which include landscape as well as fast-moving animals. (Low light would be nice too, but I won't hold my breath.) I have read this, but it's from '07. I'd like updated recommendations.
posted by biochemist on Jul 20, 2009 - 10 answers

Klamath Falls, Oregon attractions?

Hiking, biking, camping in the Klamath Falls/Crater Lake, Southern Central Oregon area? [more inside]
posted by telstar on Jun 18, 2009 - 4 answers

Appalachian Beauty

In a couple weeks, I am going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to spend a few days. For those of you with experience there, please recommend the best features of the park. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Apr 22, 2009 - 15 answers

What is this leaf-like insect?

What is this insect that looks sort of like a leaf? [more inside]
posted by Dreamcast on Apr 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife?

Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife? My yard is full of weeds. It looks awful. We're having an awful time getting rid of the weeds because there are just too many to manually pull each out. So my husband wants to use a "Weed and Feed" or some similar weed killer on our entire lawn to kill the weeds, then start seeding grass. [more inside]
posted by feeshbitZ on Mar 14, 2009 - 32 answers

Looking for childhood Encyclopedia set.

I’m trying to remember the name of a set of themed encyclopedias for children from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by studentbaker on Mar 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Oh how refreshing. A question about travelling to France.

TravelinginFranceFilter: I know there have been loads of questions about France. We're looking for beautiful places in the countryside, great cheap food and reasonable accommodations. I'd love to have the perfect trip that matches my favorite things: [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on May 2, 2007 - 14 answers

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