Welcome to the May issue of DH News: The Dapper Herd!
In my corner of the world, after all kinds of techno-glitches and hiccups, classes are finished and I'm now free to fill my time as I see fit. Though some plagiarism during the final exams put a damper on my phew-we-made-it-to-the-end-of-the-semester mood, I was grateful to receive a nice email from one of the top students in my astronomy class. He said he was impressed at how much he learned in the class and that he appreciated my "passion and enthusiasm" for the material. That sure made my day!
I'm pleased I was able to fit some astronomy into this month's newsletter, a short piece looking at the night sky. And I finally had time to revisit Doug Tallamy's book, Nature's Best Hope, and try to write something coherent and persuasive about it. Rarely have I been so excited about a book! He makes a compelling case that we can all help conserve wildlife and restore ecosystems by starting right in our yards. Usually I wait for paperbacks, but this hardcover, with its beautiful photos, is well worth the price. And if you're planting local plants this year, I'd love to hear about it -- I'm anxiously waiting for some seeds I ordered to arrive.
In a first this month, I have nothing from my archives -- it's all new material. So grab your favorite beverage, find your comfy chair and enjoy the issue at the link below.
Thanks for reading, and stay safe,