Daily Archives: July 13, 2017

A Butterfly Invitation

Three images of wildflower fileds/patches created as pollinator areas at Richard W. DeKorte Park in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

Regina Geoghan sent in this montage of wildflowers she took at DeKorte yesterday. As Regina says: Such a happy sight – a butterfly invitation. Thanks Regina!

Don Torino’s Life in the Meadowlands: Obsession With Staying “Safe” Keeps Us From Enjoying The Outdoors

The morning TV news usually begins with a reporter displaying a very worried look on their face.  In an almost panicked state they predictably blurt out something like  “ NEXT! What you need to know to stay safe.”

We all sit glued to the TV at the edge of our seats wondering what fate has in store for us this day. Unfortunately that seems to be the headline on every news broadcast these days. Sadly, fear sells, whether it is some catastrophe a world away, a new disease of the week or a frightened and scared black bear stuck in a tree.

Fear is what pays the bills and now staying SAFE has taken on a priority above all else.  Unfortunately the extreme concept of what it means to “stay Safe” is also stopping people from enjoying and connecting with the natural world.

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