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Taurus New Moon Solar Eclipse – Something Essential Disappears

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By Risa D’Angeles Lunar & solar eclipses follow one another. Lunar eclipses occur at full moons, solar eclipses at new moons. Two weeks ago at the full moon we had the blood red moon, total lunar eclipse (the next one is October 8th). This Monday night (new moon), as the Sun, Moon and Earth align,…

57 Turtles, And One Great Day on the Buffalo River

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Buffalo River

By Matt Bishop 57 Turtles. 15+ Waterfalls. 1 rogue wave. Zero Snakes. Now is the time to get the kids on the Buffalo River. On a Monday in mid-April, the weather report for that Saturday was sunny and 75, and with the recent rains all the local rivers were still running high. With no rain…

Owls: Mystery of the Night

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By Amanda Bancroft And for most creatures, owls are something to take seriously. Owls are carnivores and have a diverse diet of rodents, mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and insects. They are nocturnal, which makes them seem mysterious to us diurnal creatures. But that doesn’t mean you’ll never see one at dusk or dawn, or perhaps…

Watching Paint Die

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By Amy Alkon I’ve been dating a girl I really like for six weeks. She pays her rent with a 9-to-5 job but studied painting at art school and wants to make it her career. Unfortunately, I don’t like her paintings at all. They are abstract and don’t look like they take much craft, and…

Bringing the Classroom Outdoors

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Staff Report SUMMER PROGRAMS: This summer, ONSC will be offering a whole new lineup of classes in the arts, bugs, river adventures, nature writing, young naturalists, and separate science camps for boys and girls. The classes offered include Natural Camp I and II, Ozark River Odyssey, Young Writers Camp, Environmental Education and the Arts Camp,…

Western Drought and Sustainable Food Systems

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By Gary Huxel The drought in California is stretching into Texas leaving much of the country’s prime agricultural areas in dire need of water and declining production of vegetables and fruit. This drought and the drought over the past decade have shown us that our food production system cannot be sustainable as our climate changes….

The Buzz About Bees

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Making Ripples

By Amanda Bancroft According to the UC Berkeley Backyard Bee Lab, we all should want bees in our backyards! But why, if bees can potentially sting us? “Without bees, there would be no chocolate, strawberries, or almonds!” At least 100 crops are pollinated by bees, and California almonds are pollinated 100 percent by bees. Researchers…

We are Nature, Nature is Us

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By Terrah Baker One of my first loves was nature. The trees that I climbed, the mud that I played in, the tadpoles that swam in the pools in the drainage ditches and construction sites around my subdivision, the tree hollows I hid treasures in, the woods I pretended to live in, the creek that…

Public Transportation on the Upswing

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Transit ridership is indeed at its highest level in the U.S. in 57 years. According to data collected by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013—the highest number since the 1950s when many fewer of us owned our own cars. And this increase “isn’t just a…

10 Easy Ways to Help Your Local Environment

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By Terrah Baker Build a bat house — Bats have been on the decline throughout the country thanks to a somewhat mysterious disease called White Nose Syndrome, where a fungus grows on bats noses as they hibernate, waking them up when there is no food, causing many to die of starvation or sickness. Bats are…