GHOSTS & LEGS

Season for Some Revisiting

We’re well into Summer, sometimes the weather is really inviting, and there are some pretty amazing things to see in the woods.

 

Ghost Plant (Monotropa uniflora) are flowering here and there, so keep an eye out for their ghostly look.

 

Another creature seen this time of year is the yellow-spotted millipede.

 

See below for more. Click on a photo to see it larger.
A plant without photosynthesis? How can that be? Photo by Paul Brians.
The bright yellow spots of these millipedes are easy to spot among the spongy, damp forest litter. Photo by Catherine Whalen.
Monotropa uniflora is also known as ghost plant (or ghost pipe), Indian pipe or corpse plant. Photo by Paul Brians.
And, of course, the millipedes have mating rituals. Photo by Catherine Whalen
These be going to seed soon, and the transformation they go through is also pretty remarkable. So if you find some, go back and look at them over the next month or so. Photo by Paul Brians.
Here you can see the many legs in action.
See more about the ghost plant in Salish Magazine’s Issue #5.
See more about the yellow-spotted millipede in Salish Magazine’s Issue #5.

SOME OTHER RESOURCES ESPECIALLY INTERESTING DURING THIS "STAY HOME" ERA

IslandWood's Phenology Friday

Each week, one of IslandWood’s educators will be sharing a phenological highlight. Watch the video of their explorations and then share your own observations with us using #PhenologyFriday!

Rediscovering Science with the WET Science Center

Date: June 19- August 31
Join the WET Science Center for science exploration with activities you can do at home! Every week there is a different theme to keep you curious about the world around you.
Recommended grades: Kindergarten – 7th grade.

Hakai Magazine

Hakai Magazine explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective. Not only is its content instructive, but it's presentation is visually inspiring.

Pacific Wonder Tracker

Pacific Wonder Tracker celebrates the delicious sense of wonder we experience when exposed to the natural environment. It is also specific to the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you live here, plan to visit, or just have a curious mental itch, you can enjoy reading about wonders you may encounter in coastal Washington and Oregon.

The Marine Detective

Jackie Hildering invites you to her blog: "Join me in the cold, dark, life-sustaining NE Pacific Ocean to discover the great beauty, mystery and fragility hidden there." But even before you get to the blog, on her home page there is a  slideshow of absolutely stunning photographs.

https://themarinedetective.com

Living on Earth

Public Radio's Environmental News Magazine. If you're looking for some substance beyond the normal focus of our media on sports, politics, fashion, and economy, listen to this show which does a great job of portraying earth ecosystems as something essential to our lives. The stories it tells are compelling.

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound
The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound is a comprehensive guide to the science of Salish Sea ecosystem recovery. Articles on this site describe the region's major environmental threats and areas of concern, but also the facts and stories that make the Salish Sea an estuary of international importance. The website is a product of the University of Washington Puget Sound Institute and receives major support from the Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program.
Remote Science Learning

Use this guide to find science resources to supplement remote learning. Thurston County environmental organizations have developed activities for all ages. This resource is provided by the Thurston County ECO Network.

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