Jan TenBruggencate

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Ecosystem Services

  One Major Ecosystem Service on Earth  — It's The Water PlanetViewed from space, the most striking feature of our planet is the water. In both liquid and frozen form, it covers 75% of the Earth’s surface. It fills the sky with clouds. Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet's rocky [...]

By |December 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Sound Impacts Taste

Sound impacts taste. Photo by Jan TenBruggencate   by Jan TenBruggencate Does fish and poi taste different to the sounds of “Hi`ilawe” than it does to the sound of car traffic, or perhaps Janis Joplin’s “Summertime?” There is evidence that it does. Sound impacts taste. Not only whether you like it, but how [...]

By |November 22nd, 2012|1 Comment

Lost Birds — Nurturing Lessons from Failures

  Nene goose at Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge Complex. USFWS photo by Brenda Zaun Nurturing Lessons from Failures by Jan TenBruggencate  Much of the environmental nurturing we’re doing in the Islands is the direct result of our earlier environmental failures—whether conscious failures or not. Take birds. We’ve lost many of the Hawaiian archipelago’s [...]

By |November 4th, 2012|0 Comments

Growing Vanilla

Vanilla blossoms cluster. Photo by Jan TenBruggencate by Jan TenBruggencate Kaua`i’s vanilla crop is one of the island’s best-kept secrets, although it’s still a very small secret, because vanilla is nowhere near being an industry on the island. We are not a player in the global vanilla market, as Madagascar, Tahiti, Indonesia, Mexico, [...]

By |June 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Celebrate Diversity

by Jan TenBruggencate There was a bumper sticker on the wall at my canoe club. It said (and I’m cleaning this up), “We don’t give a hoot how you used to do it in California.” The bumper sticker generated a smile on the face of every long-time resident who saw it. It is [...]

By |May 29th, 2012|0 Comments