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Discover a Hidden World in Your Own Backyard

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs

Insects are among the most extraordinary creatures inhabiting our natural world. From the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly to the intricate design of a spider’s web, their feats are bigger than their tiny proportions. Discovering their traits and habits is a fascinating experience that anybody can enjoy if they know where to look. With The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs, readers will discover a world they never knew existed, right in their own backyards.

Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, the sister-and-brother, author-photographer team behind the award-winning book The Life Cycles of Butterflies, have teamed up again to capture unique views of common backyard bugs. Each creature is shown extremely close-up in its natural setting, progressing through various stages of its life cycle. Burris and Richards have captured such amazing sights as the tiny white eggs of a lightning bug – no bigger than a numeral on a penny – and an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly midway through its molt to reveal a chrysalis. Stunning photography is combined with expert information to create an up-close-and-personal tour of the hidden lives of spiders, beetles, butterflies, moths, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, aphids, and many other backyard residents.

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs provides a unique look at some of life’s most fascinating mysteries, offering a journey that is surprising, captivating, and perfect for nature lovers of all ages.With this book in hand, readers will discover an amazing world just outside their own doors.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                                                                                                                                                     

Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, a sister-brother, author-photographer team, are coauthors of The Life Cycles of Butterflies, which won Learning Magazine’s 2007 Teacher’s Choice Award for “Children’s Books” and “Product of Excellence for the Family.” Their articles and photography, as well as many stories written about them, have been published in Butterfly Gardener, Birds and Blooms, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Better Homes and Gardens, Cincinnati, and Backyard Living.                                                                               

The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs

Judy Burris & Wayne Richards

Storey Publishing, June 2011

136 pages; 8" x 10"

Photographs throughout

$14.95 paper; ISBN 978-1-60342-563-6

$24.95 hardcover; ISBN 978-1-60342-985-6

Vanishing baby pelicans - Conjoined whale calves - Melting sea stars - Mutant butterflies

Could Drifting Nuclear Radiation from Japan be the Cause of “Biological Weirdnesses” in the US?

Observers in Japan say the disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant is still pumping tons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean more than 1000 days after being damaged by a 45-foot tsunami on March 11, 2011. US officials insist that no increase in radioactivity from the Japanese disaster has been detected in US monitoring stations. However, environmental scientists are noting an increase of inexplicable “biological weirdnesses” in marine life along America’s West Coast.

According to a recent study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the number of deceased sea creatures on the floor of the Pacific is higher than it has ever been since monitoring of the sea floor began 24 years ago.

  • Currently, the ongoing “melting sea star” epidemic has been seen off the coast of California, Oregon, Washington and Canada. The disintegrating sea stars have yet to be explained.
  • In February, scientists analyzing kelp off the coast of San Diego discovered the presence of cesium, a radioactive isotope that is linked to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
  • In addition, scientists discovered the first ever documented case of conjoined gray whale calves off the West Coast of Mexico.
  • The cause of a drastic plunge in baby California pelicans, from 1,000s to 10 or less, is also unknown.
  • Mutant butterflies have been created by Fukushima radiation, said Japanese scientists.

“Ocean radiation seems to be killing marine life forms along America’s coast and the potential danger to human health is not being reported by mainstream media,” said health educators Carl and Jhoane Robinson.

The Robinsons said that as ocean water evaporates into the air and is blown inland, it will rain down on people, animals, and crops in California and the Western US. West Coast produce exposed to radioactive molecules will be shipped to grocery stores across the nation. In such a scenario, the implication for our national health is not encouraging: According to the National Academy of Sciences, any exposure to radioactivity, no matter how slight, increases cancer risk.  

How you can boost your immune system and protect your body from radiation:

Sufficient levels of the mineral iodine in the thyroid tissues can prevent the uptake of harmful radioiodine molecules. Restoring low iodine levels to normal typically rejuvenates the entire immune system, especially the body’s ability to isolate and eliminate radioactive contaminants.  


Carl and Jhoane (Joan) Robinson are health educators and co-founders of liquid dietary supplement manufacturer Cedar Bear Naturales.

A clinical & formulary herbalist and nutritional therapist with a Master of Herbology in herbal pharmacognosy and pharmacology, Carl has been an ‘insider’ to the herbal products industry for 30 years and was involved in passage of State legislation that in turn became the template for the Federal government’s Dietary Supplements Health Education Act of 1984 (1984 D.S.H.E.A.). He is also the author of numerous White Papers and published works and educational courses on herbs and natural health.

Jhoane is a traditional herbalist, yoga instructor & meditation facilitator and organic gardener and the former lead writer for a nationally distributed herb journal and natural health newsletter. She is the daughter of an MD internist who co-founded the largest medical clinic in the northwest and was inflicted with a disabling auto-immune condition at an early age, which she overcame utilizing natural holistic means.


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Grow It; Eat It!

CLEVELAND, OH- Dune Craft is excited to present its newest offerings to its two edible lines including Sprout n’ Grow Greenhouses and Organic Veggies. These lines are designed to sprout and grow plants in and then transplant them or to sprout them and plant the entire container in the garden.
These lines are fun, educational, and promote healthy eating. Growing what you eat is smart and the trend is catching on! That’s right, having your own vegetable garden is now trendy. In fact according to the 2009 Edibles Gardening Trends Research Report conducted by the Garden Writer’s Association (GWA) Foundation, over 41 million U.S. households, or 38 percent planted a vegetable garden in 2009. And, more than 19.5 million households (18 percent) grew an herb garden and 16.5 million households (15 percent) grew fruits during the same period.
The study found that there was a growth in edible gardening from both experienced gardeners and from an influx of new gardeners: 92 percent of respondents had previous experience and 7 percent (7.7 million households) were new edible gardeners.
Another survey done by the American Gardening Association showed a 19 percent increase in new hobby country farms and urban edible gardens in 2009 over 2008.
Sure to be a big hit is the company’s newest addition to the Sprout n’ Grow line- Coffee! The plants make wonderful houseplants with their glossy, green foliage while consumers are waiting for the Cherries to form. Another addition to this exciting line is Mini Cantaloupes. These four-inch fruits have a thin rind to make a perfect one-person snack. Other additions to the line include Hot Peppers.
DuneCraft doubled the number of choices in its popular Organic Veggies line. All the seeds used in this line are organic and have not been genetically modified. Some of the new additions include Finger Eggplant, Sweet Peppers, Sunflowers, and Watermelon.
DuneCraft’s Edible Lines can be found at Tractor Supply, Wegman's, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby and many other retailers, catalogs, and web sites. For more information please visit www.dunecraft.com.

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