Silence of the Songbirds by Bridget Stutchbury

Songbirds are more than just a chirping morning symphony-they may be the alarm clock for climate change. Songbird populations are dropping; scientists speculate that we have already lost half the population of US birds. Biologist and ecologist Bridget Stuchbury outlines what this loss means to the health of our ecosystem-and to us. Stuchbury encourages individuals to make small changes to help the birds.  Shade grown coffee, dimming city lights, organic farming and gardening all protect birds, their migrations, and habitats. Stutchbury's enthusiasm for the birds inspires; her colloquial storytelling style really charms. Look…continue reading →

Do your best: online study guides

Struggling with Pride and Prejudice? Have a class discussion on Hamlet and no idea what to say? Do a bit of extra reading and get the clues you need--free and online. A bit of reading and research can increase your understanding--and your grade! Check out the following websites for extra help: SparkNotes: No Fear Shakespeare! "Created by Harvard students for students everywhere" these free online guides can help you deepen your understanding of a text, decide what to write on a paper, help you speak intelligently in class, and impress your friends." Subjects:…continue reading →

Never miss a thing with RSS

Technology should make your life more efficient and simple, right? And until personal robot assistants are available, make RSS feeds YOUR personal information tool. What is RSS? RSS is how you can get it together and Get Things Done. RSS is an acronym that few agree on. Really Simple Syndication Rich Site Summary RDF Site Summary Read Some Stories But like many pieces of modern technology, you do not need to know how it is built to make it work for you. (Think of a car; do you need to know how an…continue reading →