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Winter Blossoms

Winter is not without its flowers. When the rows of spring daffodils fade like mist into the rainbow abundance of summer blooms, when the sunflowers have become a harvest of

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Brains For Birds

Birds don’t have to go to Bethlehem to be counted for their census; local birders come to them. Although it isn’t nearly as precise as a human census, the Audubon

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Nestled All Snug In Their Beds

Animals in Arkansas settle down for long winter’s nap AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples This is the season when the creatures of the woods and fields are settling down for a

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Nestled All Snug In Their Beds

This is the season when the creatures of the woods and fields are settling down for a “long winter’s nap.” But which animals are true hibernators in this region? There

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Perfectly Opossum

Funny-looking marsupial actually good to have around AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The opossum is a marvelous marsupial — in fact, the only marsupial found north of Mexico! As if its

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New Traditions On The Horizon

From small changes to big ones, ‘tis the season! AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The holiday season is in full swing, but our traditions don’t have to be harmful to our

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If It Fits, It Sits

Research can find legal ways to go tiny AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The movement for tiny homes is big! But one concern among tiny house haters and lovers alike: Are

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Grateful State Of Mind

Holiday reminds us of resilience, happiness and peace AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Thanksgiving is a gift. It’s not only a holiday about turkey, parades, pilgrims and football. It’s a package

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Water quality is a top priority for many people — including concerns from clean drinking water to recreation, healthy aquatic ecosystems and preventing erosion. There is a lot we can

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‘V’ Is For Vegan

Going against the grain is tough enough without having to miss out on treats during the holidays. With a few basics, tricks and homemade goodies, being vegan this season can