If you are a new-comer to our little online adventure, or if you just missed something the first time around, here is a recap of what we think is our best nature and conservation writing from our first year!
Outdoor ethics education
As children, we were ingrained with an appreciation for nature as well as a sense of our role as stewards of this amazing creation – so much so that tales of a remote natural wonderland despoiled or overcrowded national lands make us twitch.
We want to pass these ethics of nature appreciation and stewardship to the next generation, and our preferred method is through our involvement with the Scouting movement using tools like Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly, and the Outdoor Code.
But ecological teaching is not just about lists of guidelines like LNT – there is also necessarily a practical, hands-on component such as our work with Pearl Riverkeeper cleaning up Red Bluff or our occasional treks around the neighborhood to pick up trash – or just taking a trash bag with you when you go on a hike so you can pick up trash along the way.
Plastic trash and clean water
Each of the Roaming Parkers has developed their own pet ecological issues, and we are all concerned with each of those issues, but the issues that have received the most attention from the Roaming Parkers in the past year are those of plastic trash and clean water.
You can read more about our ideas and interest in plastic trash and clean water in articles such as…
- What contaminants are in your drinking water?
- Algae blooms at Okeechobee
- Plastic drinking straws or steel?
Pearl river basin
The Pearl River forms the tortuous and winding border between extreme southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi – but it doesn’t stop there. The Pearl River winds its way northward through central Mississippi and the Ross Barnett Reservoir all the way to the traditional birthplace of the Choctaw nation at Nanih Waiya.
Before it reaches the Gulf of Mexico between the Rigolets and Heron Bay, the Pearl river subsumes other waterways, including the Bogue Chitto and Topsaw creek, Yockanookany, and Strong River. In all, the Pearl River basin includes 490 miles of waterways that drain more than 8700 square miles.
One of our pet projects, largely because of the excellent work of Pearl Riverkeeper is to help monitor and maintain this utterly remarkable Pearl River basin, including projects such as the Pearl River Clean Sweep, where we hauled 1000 pounds of trash up a cliff to get it out of the Pearl River basin!
Endangered or invasive species
Endangered and/or invasive species also interest us and we have written on these topics in articles including…
- Black bears in southwest Mississippi
- Endangered species to watch out for in Pike County Mississippi
- Birds as an environmental indicator
Stay tuned, because we also have an active project going to remove invasive Chinese tallow trees from a city park and repopulate the area with native species and we’ll have upcoming articles on that project.
Connect with us!
The thing that makes this conservation blogging thing so rewarding is the interactions we have with people from all over the world that we would otherwise never get to meet. Blogging is only fun and informative if YOU interact and engage.
Here are several ways that you can engage with the Roaming Parkers blog and make it better for everyone!
- Leave a comment on any current article. We shut down commenting on older posts to stop spammers from trying to sell sunglasses and Viagra on our website but commenting is enabled for all articles younger than 2 weeks old.
- Come find our Roaming Parkers Facebook Page, Like and Follow it, and Review our page with a 5-star rating and a blurb about what it is that you especially like about Roaming Parkers. We think that the more glowing reviews we get, the more people Facebook will spread our content to – and that’ll make the community better for everyone!
- While you are on Facebook, there is an active community of thousands of readers commenting on articles and sharing content related to travel, adventure, conservation, and food on the Roaming Parkers Facebook Group. You are welcome to hop over there and Join the group so that you can get all that content and interact with all those folks!
- Whenever you see an article from Roaming Parkers blog that you really like, send a friend a link to that article along with a little note about why you like it and why you think they would enjoy the blog too!