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Changing weather patterns may be blamed

Northwest Arkansas once had four distinct seasons. Now, we have unpredictable weather patterns that sometimes bring more rain than usual or less snow than average over many years. Winter has

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Oh, Deer!: Social lessons can be seen in herd

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs has nothing on the hierarchy of deer. While they may appear to herd together like brainless sheep, their movements and behaviors are intentional, based on a

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Share the love for Valentine’s Day

Throughout the past decade I’ve had the pleasure of seeing how much you care, and what so many of our readers do to make a difference for people and planet.

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Most states, including Arkansas, keep robins over winter

Robins are harbingers of spring, but you may have noticed they seem to be all over the place in winter, too. Flocking in winter in Northwest Arkansas is normal and

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Head In The Clouds: Looking up can make your life look up

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Always got your head in the clouds? Well, that habit may not be as bad as you think. Cloud watching is a relaxing hobby that costs

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You too need to learn how to prevent forest fires

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The Australian wildfires have been devastating to humans and wildlife alike, and the internet is filled with photos of the destruction. Videos abound of thirsty koalas

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Feeding wildlife isn’t the kind deed it appears to be

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Wouldn’t it be nice if every good intention resulted in good things happening? There should be some physical law stating such, up there with the law

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Who knew glitter could be harmful? But it can

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples This is a glittery season, with sparkly ornaments, cards, lights and stars twinkling in a clear night sky. Glitter accompanies the art supplies in craft arsenals,

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Light is returning, and so is power

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples The winter solstice was Dec. 22, so we are now past the shortest day of the year, and the light is returning with incrementally increasing days.

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Carol of the birds has Arkansas connections

AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples Ever wondered why there are so many birds in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” What species is the song referencing? Can we see those