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Sep 23

Creatures of the Continents - Part 5: Australia by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 23, 2022 at 9:39 AM by Genesis Gaule

kangaroo

"Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen."
- Suzy Kassem, “Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem”

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the Australian continent.

Cassowary

It doesn’t take long for those who visit Australia to see that it has such a wide variety of unique creatures. Birds like the Emu and the Cassowary roam the land, while in the sky the Splendid Fairy-wren and the Tawny Frogmouths take flight.

dingo

Alongside the Emu and Cassowary, the land is roamed by creatures such as the Dingo and the Kangaroo; and in the trees the koala makes its home.

platypus

While the waters of the continent are host to fish such as the Eel-tailed catfish and the Australian grayling, other creatures like the ever-unique Platypus can be found at times in the waters of Australia and Tasmania. 

snake

Reptiles roam the continent from waters to the desert inlands: the Skink to the Crocodile to the ever venomous Coastal taipan.  Life is everywhere.

Tasmanian Tiger

Yet like so many other places in the world, many of the creatures of Australia face the constant threat of extinction. Though this is beginning to change with the advances of modern science. In August of 2022, it was announced that the University of Melbourne will partner with a Texas-based Biotechnology company in the effort to bring back the extinct Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) (source).

koala

The continent of Australia has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the mountains and valleys, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there.  Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Antarctica.

“We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.”
- Steve Irwin

More in this Series: Part 1: North America | Part 2: South America | Part 3: Europe | Part 4: Asia

Sep 06

Book Notes 9/5/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 6, 2022 at 10:56 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

9/5/2022


Come and enjoy the River Forks Watercolor Society Art Exhibit: Autumn Colors! The opening reception will be Monday, September 12 @ 5:30 pm. More information...


Bundt Cake Bliss by Susanna Short

Delicious desserts from Midwest kitchens // Foodie Susanna Short brings back the beautiful bundts of yesteryear with mouthwatering, kitchen-tested recipes for busy families, elegant entertainers, and confection connoisseurs everywhere in this book.

641.8653 SHORT


Knitting the National Parks  by Nancy Bates

63 easy-to-follow designs for beautiful beanies inspired by the US national parks // Capture the majesty each national park offers with original beanie patterns created by knitting designer and outdoor enthusiast Nancy Bates.

746.432 BATES


Around the World in 80 Birds by Mike Unwin

Many birds come steeped in folklore and myth, some are national emblems and a few have inspired scientific revelation or daring conservation projects. Each has a story to tell that sheds a light on our relationship with the natural world and reveals just how deeply birds matter to us.

598 UNWIN


Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson

bunt-collection

A Memoir // Cakes are central to the way we celebrate traditions and this guide to those in the "vintage" category will appeal to any baker who appreciates having fool-proof recipes at their fingertips or wants to rekindle a love affair with the classics.

641.8653 RICHARDSON


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Jun 17

Creatures of the Continents - Part 4: Asia by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on June 17, 2022 at 11:24 AM by Genesis Gaule

Tiger

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the Asian continent.

vulture

When it has the opportunity, nature flourishes. This is something that can be accepted with great certainty, and this is true in regards to Asia. Amongst the mountains and through the skies the birds of the continent soar, from the Japanese tit to the White-rumped vulture to the Indian peafowl. And upon the land move a variety of creatures; whether in the open areas or amongst the forests or even the deserts and mountains. Predators such as the Snow leopard in the mountain ranges and the Tigers stalking the forests, while the Orangutans and the Giant panda go searching for their meals amongst the trees.

Komodo dragon

Asia is also the dwelling place for a wide variety of lizards and snakes. From the venomous King cobra and Indian cobra to the Burmese python, they are everywhere. Who can forget the Komodo dragon? However, like other continents, so many of these animals are at riskDue to the growth of cities, much of the native habitats are slowly dwindling away. Yet poaching is one of the greatest risks that these creatures face. From the Snow leopards to the Javan rhinoceroses, the Malayan tiger to the Borneo elephant, they are being hunted for their prized and treasured body parts and even for medicinal purposes. In order to protect these creatures, we must look deeply on who we are as humans.

Panda

The continent of Asia has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the mountains and valleys, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there. Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Australia.

“Wildlife needs wilderness-not just to survive, but also to live freely. Sadly, many species struggle to survive due to increased human activity and expansion into habitats they call home.”
- Zoe Helene

More in this Series: Part 1: North America | Part 2: South America | Part 3: Europe