Welcome to Naturalist Weekly’s Nature Digest #1.
The Nature Digest is a collection of nature news and connection stories that didn’t make it into the other posts. These stories may have not made the regular feed, but they deserve the be mentioned. In this week’s digest, we have four news items on three different topics: trees, bird photography, and moths. Enjoy!
About the Trees
In my post about building a virtual nature network, I mentioned the work of forest ecologist Suzanne Simard. Simard discovered that trees communicate with each other using an underground fungi network called the Common Mycelium Network (CMN). This network helps the trees share information about threats and resources.
“Peter Wohlleben argues that to save the world’s forests we must first recognize that trees are “wonderful beings” with innate adaptability, intelligence, and the capacity to communicate with — and heal — other trees.”
In this short interview you can learn about Wohlleben’s thoughts about tree communication, forestry practices, and the consciousness of trees.
Here is the link to the full article titled “Are Trees Sentient Beings? Certainly, Says German Forester”
About The Birds
I am a novice photographer and lack a lot of the equipment needed to get great photos of birds. So when I scroll through my social media accounts, I am amazed at the pictures people are able to capture. Most of the times photos like these are out of my reach. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to learning about what it takes to be a great photographer. These two articles from Audubon.com provide helpful tips for the amateur photographer.
- The Dos and Don’ts of Editing Bird Photos: End up with the best image possible—without compromising its integrity.
- Follow These Dos and Don’ts to Show Off Your Bird Photos on Social Media: Half the joy in taking a bird photo is in the act of sharing it.
Even if you are not a bird photographer, these tips are still beneficial for other types of photography. Two quick tips that I pulled out of these articles are don’t overedit your photo and learn about aspect ratios.
About the Moths
National Moth Week is July 17-25 and we are dedicated to sharing news about this upcoming event. Last week, we shared a post about the One-Spotted Variant. Today we have a 5-minute podcast from the Encyclopedia of Life.
“Like moths to a flame, some people are irresistibly drawn to the woods at night. Carrying bed sheets and armed with special lights and lures, they come seeking moths. In July 2012, in 49 states and numerous countries across the world, scientists and ordinary folk alike fanned out to get a closer look at these insects during the first ever National Moth Week – now an annual event across the world.”
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