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by Wendy Gabriel

In honor of Earth Week, I decided to find out how spring looks to some of my favorite sites (and people) around the web. These are some amazing photos they were generous enough to share with me.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb 

Adam Shake is a Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Simple Earth Media and founded Twilight Earth and Eco Tech Daily. He is an environmental writer, advocate, entrepreneur, speaker and Washington DC based activist. His photos of cherry blossoms in Washington Dc are some of my favorite. [more]

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear

Alison Kerr is an American from Scotland who lives with her family in a leafy suburb in North East Kansas, within the Kansas City metro. She writes about our connections with nature and with each other and ways to grow greener kids, home, garden, and community at Loving Nature’s Garden. Alison kindly sent me this photo of her gorgeous red tulips. [more]

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Carole Brown is a Conservation Biologist with a passion for Ecosystem Gardening – giving a little back to wildlife by creating welcoming habitats in our gardens, conserving natural resources, and choosing sustainable landscaping practices. Carole has worked as a wildlife habitat landscaper for almost twenty years, designing, installing and maintaining Ecosystem Gardens for wildlife for homeowners, businesses, and other property managers. She is a consultant, educator, and author of Ecosystem Gardening. Avid birder, butterfly watcher, and lover of all wildlife. Carole is also an awesome photographer with an eye for nature. [more]

Marghanita Hughes is a children’s book author, illustrator and the creator of the award winning Little Humbugs. It was while observing her children revelling in the awesome wilderness of their new surroundings in British Columbia that the idea for the Little Humbugs was conceived. Marghanita is passionate about encouraging our children’s interest in the guardianship of The Earth we share. She strongly believes that children can influence change. Her Mission is to deliver this positive message to them through the delightful characters in her enchanting stories. Marghanita shares a Little Humbug and her beloved peach blossoms. [more]

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

Melissa Hincha-Ownby is a lifelong writer. Her writing career started at 13 when she wrote a weekly column in her small town’s newspaper. For the past three years, Melissa has focused on blogging and other online writing venues. She is the Business Blogger at the Mother Nature Network and the owner of Raising Them Green, a blog dedicated to providing parents information to help them raise eco-conscious children. Melissa shared a photo of her two children taken by their Grandpa.

Take some time today to connect with nature. Take a walk, notice a budding leaf, marvel at a bird in flight and share the wonder and magic of the outdoors with a child.

Bethe Almeras is an award-winning author, web producer, and eLearning designer. A gifted speaker and trainer, Bethe prides herself on being a kid at heart and sharing the benefits of play with others. Bethe is The Grass Stain Guru and graciously provided this wonderful photo of a redwinged blackbird. [more]

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~e.e. cummings

How does spring look in your corner of the world?

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by Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

It’s Saturday at The Grass Stain Guru and that can mean only one thing — time to play Mystery Critter! Let’s have a little fun and play a guessing game, designed to help us all learn a bit more about the wildlife we are lucky enough to share the planet with. 

So, hope you have your thinking caps on, my beloved readers! Y’all are getting so good at this. I keep having to come up with more clever clues! OK, let’s play. And remember — no cheating! 

CRITTER CLUES:  

  • I (or a close cousin) am found throughout North America;
  • I am nocturnal;
  • I’ve been known to try and blend-in;
  • I make my home in trees and shrubs; and
  • I have a lot to say!

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week! 

You will probably hear today’s Mystery Critter rather than see it! But fear not — they are out there, and such a delight to see. Regardless of  the wildlife in your area, rest assured there is something to wow and delight the kid in all of us. Bright colors, amusing songs and sounds, and flights of fancy are just waiting for you, so get outside and see what nature has in store today. 

Don’t forget to let folks know about what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a great way to keep track of your wild adventures and share info with others. 

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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by Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

Ah, the giddy excitement I get at picking a new critter for my Saturday post. I know, I am a goober! That’s rightThe goddesses "finding" the Mystery Critter kids, it’s time to play Mystery Critter. A time when we get together to learn more about wildlife and have a bit of fun in the process!

Thinking caps on? I keep wanting to raise the stakes a little — I think you might be getting too good at solving these! OK — here we go. And remember — no cheating!

CRITTER CLUES:

  • I am found throughout most of North America;
  • My habitat is wide-ranging — from cities to meadows;
  • I live year round in Hawaii (Aloha!) and Southern California;
  • I’m a bit sluggish in winter; and
  • I have one of the coolest wildlife stories out there!

 

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

I have no doubt you have seen this Mystery Critter before! But even if you know it, you may not know its amazing story. Wildlife offers us so many opportunities to learn — so many fascinating facts to discover. I hope you will get outside this weekend and check out the wild in your world.

Don’t forget to let folks know about what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a great way to keep track of your wild adventures and share info with others.

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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by Wendy Gabriel

I was thrilled when Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru herself, asked flowersto turn the tables and ask me Four Questions. The Grass Stain Guru is one of my favorite sites and Bethe is one of my favorite people and an awesome writer, so how could I resist? So, if you have a moment, would love for you to run, jump, skip or cartwheel on over and read: Chatting With Eco Writer & Mom, Wendy Gabriel

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by Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

Fun wildlife facts. Check. Desire to stump my readers. Double check. Must be Why did the chickens cross the road?Saturday! That’s right kids, it’s time to play Mystery Critter. Let’s have some fun with my little game to test your wildlife knowledge and inspire you to find the wild in your world.

Put on those thinking caps and let’s get to it. It’s Week #15 in the series — your nature detective skills must be getting quite impressive about now. Let’s see if you are “smarter than the average bear!” And remember — no cheating!

CRITTER CLUES:

  • My body-type is the only of its kind in North America;
  • My preferred habitat has sandy soil;
  • I range throughout much of the south east of the USA;
  • I have 4 young per year, and an amazing reproduction process; and
  • I enjoy insects, crayfish, eggs, and carrion.

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

While it is not as widespread as many species, this Mystery Critter ranks as one of the coolest in the animal kingdom in my book (read: one of my personal faves!). Fascinating and comical, they are a sight to see! Even of you don’t spot today’s critter, Mother Nature has something fun for you to discover right outside your front door. So grab the kids or a pair of binoculars if you have them, and go take a look.

Don’t forget to let folks know about what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a great way to keep track of your wild adventures and share info with others.

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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by Wendy Gabriel

A look back at some of the women of Four Questions.
 

Four Questions with Katherine Center
Katherine Center is an author, wife and mother. Her second novel, Everyone Is Beautiful, was featured in Redbook and got glowing reviews from People…
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Four questions with Bethe Almeras
Bethe Almeras
is an award-winning author, web producer, and eLearning designer. A gifted speaker and trainer, Bethe prides herself on being a kid at…
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Four questions with Janelle Sorensen
Janelle Sorensen is the Senior Editor and Outreach Strategist for Healthy Child Healthy World. She also freelances and volunteers for others trying to…
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Four questions with Marghanita Hughes
Marghanita Hughes is a children’s book author, illustrator and the creator of the award winning Little Humbugs. It was while observing her…
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by Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

It’s Saturday, which means on thing around here — time to play Mystery Critter — a little Big spider with Baby Greek goddessgame to test your wildlife knowledge and inspire you to find the wild in your world. And let me give you a hint: the answer is NOT Yogi Bear (although, who doesn’t love a pic-a-nic basket?!).

So, are you ready, my wildlife detectives? Put on those thinking caps and let’s get to it. Let’s see if you are “smarter than the average bear!” And remember — no cheating!

CRITTER CLUES:

  • I hibernate;
  • My habitat is yards, woodlands, and forest edges;
  • I eat seeds, vegetation, slugs, nuts, and carrion;
  • I have 3-5 young per year; and
  • I (or one of my “cousins”) am found throughout the country and in Canada.

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

Odds are you have seen this Mystery Critter before. They are a favorite of kids and kids-at-heart, alike. But you gotta be quick! Grab the kids and a pair of binoculars and get out there! Even of you don’t spot today’s critter, there is so much wonder awaiting you. Mother Nature never fails to deliver.

Don’t forget to let folks know about what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a great way to keep track of your wild adventures and share info with others.

And, because I am all about having fun — a little old school cartoon before we head outside. @peasandbananas this one is for you!

 

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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by Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

As it is our Saturday ritual here at My Green Side, I have cooked up a little Where is that Mystery Critter?nut for you to crack. So, let’s get down to it, nature detectives — let’s play Mystery Critter!

Put on those thinking caps, and remember — no cheating!

CRITTER CLUES:

  • I am roughly 30 inches tall;
  • My habitat is rivers, lakes, and marshes;
  • I am a fish eater;
  • I have 2-3 young per year; and
  • I am considered a wildlife “success” story.

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

I hope you all get the chance to see this week’s Mystery Critter in action some day — it’s a true thrill. Read more about them and celebrate their successful re-population. Regardless, get out there and see what nature has waiting for you in your neck of the woods. Grab the kids and a pair of binoculars and get out there! There is so much wonder awaiting you.

Don’t forget to let folks know about what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a great way to keep track of your wild adventures and share info with others.

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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by Wendy Gabriel

Editor’s Note: Each Wednesday My Green Side brings Simple Tips for Green Ideal_Bite-YOU-Wine-300X250Living to The Christopher Gabriel Program. We also highlight a different favorite green site each week. You can stream the segment at approximately 1020am (CDT) every Wednesday at WDAY.com.

GREEN TIP: With winter fast approaching, take time to ensure that your indoor air is healthy.

Everything that’s in our home makes up our indoor air quality. The materials we’ve used to build our house, the paint on our walls, our furniture; all the pieces that make our house a home can potentially be harmful to our health.

Pollution from power plants, cars, and other transportation is a well-known contributor to outdoor air pollution, but our indoor air quality is often worse; it can be up to 10 times worse for you than the air outside. Microbial pollutants like mold, pet dander and plant pollen can combine with chemicals like radon and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to create a pretty toxic environment in your home; since we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors and 65% of our time inside our homes, according to the National Safety Council, that can add up to allergies, asthma and worse.

Source: Treehugger.com

Some ways to keep your indoor air healthy:

  • Maintain proper ventilation.
  • Keep known pollutants out of your home. Make sure the products you are buying do not contain contaminants.
  • Clean your home with green cleaning products.
  • Garden and take care of your lawn without using pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. These toxic chemicals can be tracked into your home on shoes, clothes or paws.
  • Use common houseplants, such as bamboo palms and spider plants, to improve your indoor air quality.

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The Grass Stain Guru
The founder of The Grass Stain Guru, Bethe Almeras, believes that nature is the best therapist and teacher any of us will ever have, and that the magic of childhood should be rooted there, and the peace of adulthood is waiting there. It’s not only in nature, but the connections we make with ourselves, and each other, when we slow down long enough to notice the beauty around us and simply play.

The Grass Stain Guru is a blog about restoring childhood, and saving ourselves in the process.

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by Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.  ~Lao Tzu

Happy Saturday, everybody.  That means only one thing  here at My Green Fall colorsSide — it’s time to play Mystery Critter! Let’s have a little fun. Read the clues below and then make your guess. This is a great way to introduce kids to the wonders of wildlife and help get them excited to explore the natural world.

OK my favorite detectives, let’s get down to it. Put on those thinking caps and let’s play. And remember — no cheating!

CRITTER CLUES:

  • You will find me in wooded areas and forests;
  • I feast on the leaves of shrubs and trees (hazelnuts are one of my favorites);
  • I lay eggs;
  • I am hard to spot; and
  • Birds are my main predator.

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

This Mystery Critter is good at hiding from you, but that makes it all the more fun to try and find. Even if you don’t spot one of these, I have no doubt you will find all sorts of wildlife and natural wonders near you. Get out there and see what you can find!

Don’t forget to let folks know about what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a great way to keep track of your wild adventures and share info with others.

I’m off to find this week’s Mystery Critter. He can’t hide from me for long. (OK, he can — but it will still be fun to look!)

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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