Do You Love Polar Bears?

(chgeharvard.org) Or Oscar the Grouch? (muppetwiki.com) or the Met Museum’s Temple of Dendur? (citypass.com) or the Florida Everglades?(pinterest.com) or the California sea lions? or Old Faithful? (tripadvisor) or Half Dome?(yosemiteconservancy.org) programs that support Meals on Wheels? clean air?clean water? science and climate change? (dailysciencejournal) We take these programs for granted now but DJT has a…

Sea Lions, Iguanas and Blue-Footed Boobies, Oh My!

Just returned from the Galapagos–what a trip! no, it was not just a trip–it was an adventure, a discovery, a revelation. The animals are not afraid of you–you probably look like another Giant Tortoise to them. They don’t move away but you’re not permitted to touch them.  In the ocean 600 miles away from Ecuador,…

Coney Island Whales and Jackson Heights Indian Sweets

(photo by Artie Raslich) Yes, that’s right–whales–humpbacks to be exact, disporting themselves around New York City, particularly just beyond Coney Island. We attended a Gotham Whale event sponsored by the NYC Sierra Club that proved it. There they were–60 foot giants breaching and gorging themselves on schools of fish called bunker almost on our shores.…

A Trip to the Zoo to Visit Some Relatives

On a warm humid Member’s Night at the Zoo, my family and I trooped up to the Bronx to revisit some of our favorite spots. We couldn’t tear ourselves away from the two new sea lion pups but eventually we went in search of my son’s fondly remembered waterfowl pond. After much trudging around, we…

Humpbacks and Finbacks –An Amazing Trip to the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary off of Cape Cod

This was indeed the trip of a lifetime. We have been on whale watches before but because the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in Massachusetts Bay offers especially good eating (much like Cape Cod itself), the whales hang out there in great numbers. Yes, I wish I had taken these photos but people on our…