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We are absolutely passionate about all things of nature, science and the environment, and wish to share that knowledge and passion with you.


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  1. BulletJackson Hole, WY

  2. BulletSabel-palm, TX

  3. BulletYosemite falls LIVE!  

  4. BulletHummingbird cam 

  5. BulletUnderwater live   sealife cam from the Channel Islands

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This is YOUR Earth.*

Make every day


  1. BulletJoin a nature or environmental group.

  2. BulletPlant a tree.

  3. BulletClean up a stream or field.

  4. BulletWatch birds or butterflies or dragonflies.

  5. BulletTake pictures of flowers, trees and blossoms.

  6. BulletGo on a hike.

  7. BulletTake a child with you when you explore something or somewhere new.

  8. BulletLearn about global warming and how it affects us in New Jersey.

  9. BulletCelebrate the rain or snow.

  10. BulletLearn about wildflowers or butterflies.

  11. BulletLove the change of seasons.

  12. BulletDo something!

  13. BulletLearn something new about nature.

  14. BulletTeach children about nature.

  15. BulletMAKE everyday EARTH DAY!

This is the only Earth we have. There are NO spare parts or warranties…anywhere.

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January 16, 2018 12:53 PM

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* “This is Your Earth” is a phrase we have used since this website began in 2004. Coincidentally, it is also the name of  a book by Gary Ewen and Jane Ann Cantwell. Click HERE to see their wonderful book.

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‎"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." -- John Muir
“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” 
― Albert Einstein

A magnificent video…”Mountains in Motion”. Watch i!

Please click HERE to see David Attenborough’s GREAT 2 minute video:

“What a Wonderful World.”


"Geeks are people who love something so much that all the details matter." - Marissa Mayer  (Then I’m a geek, and very proud of it!-Rich)

A stunningly beautiful time-lapse video of NORWAY.

This will make you wish to be there…right now!

The Pale Blue Dot


From Michio Kaku (so you know this is worth reading!)

"Instead of being overwhelmed by the Universe, I think that perhaps one of the deepest experiences a scientist can have, almost approaching a religious awakening, is to realize that we are children of the stars, and that our minds are capable of understanding the universal laws that they obey. The atoms within our bodies were forged on the anvil of nucleo-synthesis within an exploding star aeons before the birth of the solar system. Our atoms are older than the mountains. We are literally made of star dust. Now these atoms, in turn, have coalesced into intelligent beings capable of understanding the universal laws governing that event." ~ Michio Kaku

Revering the Universe. Caring for Nature. Celebrating Life.

Join the World Pantheist Movement!

From Rich Wolfert (so you might want to read this, too).

Nature, science, and discovery are powerful motivators and attractors that can addict us. We hunger to learn more. We love to see the new…and so often, it's so beautiful that it brings tears to our eyes, and cause us to sigh deeply in wonder and amazement. The quest for knowledge, the very act of discovery to better know the universe, our planet, nature, and ourselves, feeds upon itself ever so wonderfully. This is another magnificent obsession, our obsession, and most of us would never apologize for how it adds to our lives. BECAUSE of this, we are the lucky ones.

A message from Mother Nature. This is a very important short video that must be understood by all.


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  1. “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe it.”                        -  Neil deGrasse Tyson

• “When I hear of the destruction of a species I feel just as if all the works of some great writer had perished,"

                                - wrote Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to Museum ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1899.

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.                               - David Brower

• "Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

- Attributed as an ancient Native American proverb or as a Kenyan proverb.    

• “When observing nature, chance favors the prepared mind…”                                                   Louis Pasteur, 1854

  1. “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”                             - John Burroughs

  2. Every child is born a naturalist. Their eyes are, by nature, open to the glories of the stars, the beauty of flowers and the mysteries of life.                                                                                                    - R. Search (a pen name)

  3. “When a distinguished scientist states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong”    - Arthur C. Clarke

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

  1. BulletAdded Ornate Bella Moth  - Hodges#8105 (Utetheisa ornatrix) to the Moth Field Guide. Seen in GA . 

Monday, January 8, 2018

  1. BulletWe’re in Savannah, GA now and I have the computer with me to enable photo processing and updates. The very first thing I will post is this first video I’ve ever tried with my Canon 7D II. Here is typical mating behavior of male Hooded Mergansers. It’s handheld but the video was surprisingly good, despite being taken at a high magnification. This is right outside where we’re staying. The video is 19 seconds long and may (or may not) take a while to load.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  1. BulletAdded a very rare bird for the Eastern U.S., MacGillvary’s Warbler, seen in the Atlantic Highlands of NJ. Birds Photo FG

Wedesday, December 6, 2017

  1. BulletAdded American Three-toed Woodpecker to the Bird FG

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  1. BulletIt’s wonderful that our bodies can remember some of the diseases we’ve had and muster defenses against those same diseases years later. But how exactly does this happen? Now we may know. sciencealert 

  2. BulletWe love our pets and would wish for them to live longer. This study of 3,000 Golden Retrievers may help.  sciencealert

  3. BulletOur early Earth was the target of far more solar system creation debris than previously believed. howstuffworks

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

  1. BulletMaking certain that the next (huge) lander to Mars gets there in fully operational condition. labroots 

  2. BulletWe’re rarely political here, but this company is outstanding. Patagonia is standing up to Trump and trying to protect the environment.  time 

  3. BulletMigraine sufferers, there may be some real hope.  sciencealert 

  4. BulletIt may have been renowned scientist/author Arthur C. Clark who said that A sufficiently advanced civilization would appear as magic to us. Probably so. Here’s another article with a slightly different view about that  curiosity 

  5. BulletCan a song make babies smile. Some think so.  curiosity 

  6. BulletThink ticks are a relatively modern thing? Not so! The dinosaurs knew them and probably found them a nuisance, too.  sciencealert

"If you know wilderness in the way that you know love, you would be unwilling to let it go. ... This is the story of our past and it will be the story of our future." - Terry Tempest Williams, author and activist,
News Update #1

A sampling of the MANY photos that appear in the numerous sections of (New Jersey) NATURE NOTES.

Courtesy of the Science Is Awesome Facebook page.

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  1. BulletBIRDS of NORTH AMERICA..(426)

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