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Dinner Plans for The Future

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Author: the Inkslinger

First there was the USDA food pyramid, a helpful visual guide to healthier eating. Five years ago, the pyramid turned into a plate. Now there are rumors the plate may soon feature a diet that boosts the environment, too. But what exactly does our dinner look like when we eat with more than ourselves in mind? 

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Monarchs Flying to Better Days?

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Author: the Inkslinger

There may be snow on the ground, but believe it or not the great annual monarch butterfly migration has only recently ended. Worryingly, it hasn’t been nearly as great in recent years as it should be, but the news from Mexico says there’s hope yet.

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Tap These Apps & Get Your Green To Go

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Author: the Inkslinger

They say you never forget your first time, and I certainly remember mine: When I finally got my hands on an iPad, it was like holding the future. From smart home gizmos and music streaming to books and movies, it put the world in my hands and started saving it, too, with “green” apps that make it easy to live sustainably.

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Snowy Owls are Wandering far From Home

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Author: Erin Gettler

Last winter, white visitors from the north started showing up in the lower 48 in numbers never previously recorded. Young Snowy Owls born that summer in the Arctic wandered as far south as Florida, and as far east as the island of Bermuda. Bird lovers and birds alike had quite an eventful winter.

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Wilder-less in the Wilderness

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Author: the Inkslinger

Nature is a big place. Its mountains and oceans are vast. Its forests and plains stretch forever. There’s a lot out there. But not as much as before because Earth has only half the wildlife today that it had just 40 years ago.

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Feed the Birds

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Author: Erin Gettler

It's the end of October, and the cold is settling in for more northern states. By now, many of your backyard bird neighbors may have departed southward, and you might be thinking of doing the same. Not every bird leaves for the winter, though. Even though birds who stay while the snow flies don't really need help from humans, feeding birds is a great way to get to know them better.

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Plant Milkweed Now for Next Year's Monarch Butterflies

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Author: Erin Gettler

Early observations of this year's monarch butterfly migration seem to be showing that this was a better year than last for these iconic insects. Folks from all over the country are reporting migrating monarchs by the dozens at a time, compared to last year when some of the same people saw no monarchs at all.

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Toxic Algal Blooms Threaten Ecosystems and Drinking Water

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Author: Erin Gettler

In early August, the city of Toledo, Ohio raised an alarm: a bloom of toxic algae in Lake Erie had poisoned the drinking water supply for the city. Toledo residents spent days using bottled water, and officials scrambled to solve the problem. The algae faded naturally. But harmful algal blooms seem to be a growing threat to waterways all over the country.

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Find Your Inner Child On A Nature Walk For Grown-ups

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Author: Erin Gettler

I have to confess, I always feel a twinge of jealousy when I hang out with kids who've been on a fantastic field trip to a nature center. At 30-something years old, I would love to spend a week at the local natural history museum's summer camp. Wading and seining in the bay for fish and crabs? Sign me up!

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Welcome Your Wild Neighbors to Your Backyard

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Author: Erin Gettler

Backyards are habitat for people and wildlife. Invite nature into your backyard to get closer views and help wildlife by making your yard a hospitable habitat with these tips. Many of the creatures that benefit from improved backyard habitats are struggling from habitat loss in general.

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