The European Green Belt

February 22nd, 2015

The Big Roundtable: The Boys Who Loved Birds by Phil McKenna tells the story of two boys, one in West Germany, one in East Germany, who loved to observe the birds in the no man’s land between the two Germanys during the 1970s and 1980s, and how their initiative after 1989 led to the creation of the European Green Belt that runs from the Barents to the Black and Adriatic Seas today.

Thanks for posting this to FB, Susan Kitchens! See also MetaFilter: The Boys Who Loved Birds.

Wer lieber einen Artikel auf deutsch über Kai Frobel und Gunter Berwing und die Entstehung des Grünen Bands Europas lesen möchte, wird bei der Badischen Zeitung fündig: Es lebe der Todesstreifen. Von Sebastian Kretz.

“Die Stasi beobachtete sie, und sie beobachteten Vögel: zwei Naturschützer aus Ost und West. Die beiden verbindet ein Grünes Band.”

Can someone make these into a wall calendar for me?

February 20th, 2015

Instant Shift: 50 Most Beautiful Animal Migration Photos

Link via dangerousmeta.

Per Anhalter durch Deutschland

January 30th, 2015

HitchBOT – A robot exploring the world

“I am hitchBOT – a robot from Port Credit, Ontario. From July 27, 2014 to August 21, 2014, I hitchhiked over 6,000 km from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia. In just 26 days I hitched a total of 19 rides to reach my final destination – Victoria, British Columbia. […] This February, my adventure continues as I explore Germany. My journey will begin in Munich on February 13, 2015 and conclude in Munich on February 22, 2015. […] Join me as I learn more about Germany, including the people, language, and culture.”

I’d love to give HitchBOT a ride if he visits Palatinate!