All about the new New York Aquarium murals, focused on reducing our use of plastics!
Today, people all around the world are thinking hard and coming up with ideas about how to protect and fix our oceans.
To celebrate World Ocean Week, the New York Aquarium has some super fun activities planned. One of them is a quest!
Even though New York is a huge city with lots of traffic and buildings, we have nature here too. I am totally in love with this new campaign called #WildlifeNYC that is bringing awareness to some of the wild New Yorkers you might see every day
At SCBWI, I had the chance to hear Bryan Collier speak. I didn't know Collier's work, but I was excited to hear him give the keynote address. I was thoroughly unprepared for the emotional depth and power of his talk.
A quick research trip to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. WHOI is one of my (many) favorite places. It's all about hands-on science. The whole village of Woods Hole is dedicated to thinking about ocean research and science. What's not to love?
SCBWI, the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators holds its winter conference in New York City each year. I've never gone before, in part because I wasn't ready. I've been writing, studying, practicing, and learning about my craft as a children's writer.
Grups, of course, is the technical term for adults circa 1960, entering our lexicon in 2266.
As soon as I've wrapped up my most recent round of revisions, I will be back to give my blog a little love.
So, today, we're going to talk a little bit about sharks and then we're going to do a SHARK EXPERIMENT! Right from home! How cool is that?
All around the globe, MPAs, or Marine Protected Areas are places in the ocean where human activity is limited. MPAs work differently in different places. In California, where the whole state lies on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the goal of the MPAs is to "conserve biological diversity, provide a sanctuary for marine life, and enhance recreational and educational opportunities." California's important step, to create MPAs, means that many different kinds of creatures have a protected place to live.
When humans move into an area, we like to make sure that it meets our needs for living. We knock down trees to make way for houses and streets. We pave over the grass and dirt to make roads and sidewalks. Humans need places to live, but so do animals. As humans continue to expand our homes, animals like birds and snakes and turtles and foxes have fewer and fewer places to live.
Recently, the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program calculated all of the debris they collected over the course of a week. Here's what they found.
Almost 1 billion people celebrate Earth Day every year! Isn't that cool? Imagine 1 billion people focused on our environment and protecting the planet! I hope you got to go outside and enjoy nature.
What does this look like to you? Does this look like the kind of blue water you expect to find in the middle of the ocean? Do you think water should look cloudy like this? If you look carefully, you can see small bits of plastic suspended in the water. And, you can see a cloud of sediment--tiny bits of plastic that make this water look like plastic soup! Gross, right?
This is Wisdom. She is a 65-year old albatross. If you do some quick math, think about how old you are, how old your parents are, and how old your grandparents are. Wisdom is probably close in age to your grandparents, which makes her big news pretty awesome. She just became a mom again!