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Zen and the Art of Backyard Bears

I often wake up in the middle of a full-moon night. The silvery light leaking in around the edges of the blinds seems to be just enough to tilt my unconscious into a “get up you’re missing something spectacular” mode.

The other night was no different. Wide awake at 2 or 3 or whatever the […]

By |November 8th, 2017|Your World|0 Comments

Fossils Reveal Unseen ‘Footprint’ Maker (Press Release)

Fossils found in Morocco from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites, including rarely seen soft-body parts, may be previously unseen animals that left distinctive fossil ‘footprints’ around the ancient supercontinent Gondwana.

The trilobites were a very common group of marine animals during the 300 million years of the Palaeozoic Era with hard, calcified, […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Your World|0 Comments

Nature, You’re Breaking my Heart!

Oh, what a week! But before I get to that, here are the links to my two latest posts for Live Out There. One is about hiking to Machu Picchu, Hidden Secrets of the Inca Trail, and the other is about preparation for road trips, What’s in Your Trunk: Advice From a Road Warrior. (FYI, […]

A Wetland by Any Other Name

I just had a great weekend, meeting and hanging out with some local East Kootenay enviro peeps at the BC Wildlife Federation Wetlandkeepers course in Golden. I’m fairly new to the area and I don’t know many people, but my neighbour and friend Mo (from Columbia Wetland Adventures) talked me into going with her. […]

La Isla Bonita

Once again, writing guest blogs for Live Out There sent me snarfling through my photos and caused a great deal of anguish over picking favourites. Check out my post on things to do in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, and my post about a spectacular hiking holiday my husband and I had in Greece. I […]

By |April 21st, 2016|Your World|0 Comments

Iceland #HotEarth Past and Present

I just wrote a guest blog for Live Out There, with my top 10 things to do in Iceland. It was hard to pick my favourite photos, so I decided to parcel out some more over a few posts. (I’m not skilled enough to do a lot of photo manipulation so what I saw […]

By |March 20th, 2016|Your World|0 Comments

I’m Really Not That Fond of Ravens

Call me a bird snob if you like, but I’m really not that fond of ravens. They look shifty. And judgemental. While other backyard birds seem inquisitive and good-humoured, ravens look as if they’re sizing you up; debating whether they should team up to carry you off.

I see them every day out here in […]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Your World|0 Comments

Just Waitin’ for the Bears

This post was originally published as a guest blog on Nature Canada’s website in late August

This is a text conversation I had late last summer:
BFF: But Maggie, bears are part of nature, you loooove nature.
Me: Not BEARS! Bears don’t count! I […]

By |October 15th, 2015|My World|0 Comments
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    Putting “Nature” Back Into Earth Day, And Taking “The Environment” Out

Putting “Nature” Back Into Earth Day, And Taking “The Environment” Out

I put in a lot of long days and sleepless nights studying the planet, and have spent the last twenty years teaching and writing about it, and volunteering for causes to “save” it. And you know what? In honour of Earth Day today I have decided to cull the word “environment” from my vocabulary […]

By |April 22nd, 2015|Your World|0 Comments

Sargassum Through the Window – 17 Degrees North

Some of you know that I am fortunate enough to divide my time now between Canada and Belize. As I write this, the World Outside My Window includes a view of the Caribbean Sea and the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world. A view that right now also […]

By |March 1st, 2015|My World|0 Comments