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When spring comes to Keene, NH thousands of amphibians like salamanders and frogs begin to emerge from their frozen states to return to the vernal pools where they were born. Unfortunately reaching the vernal pools requires crossing a busy road where frogs and salamanders are no match for cars. As the Washington Post explained, “Keene’s City Council unanimously voted to set up road closures and barriers on nights of major amphibian migration.” A small army of volunteers coordinated and trained by Brett Amy Thelen, science director of Harris Center for Conservation Education helps the amphibians make it to safety. Thelen obsessively monitors the weather and keeps a Five-Day Salamander Forecast on the center’s website to ready volunteers to help the animals cross the road. Since 2007, volunteers trained by the Harris Center have succefully helped about 43,000 creatures get across roads in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire.
ODP: You have just taken over as Europe’s Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Tell us how you became interested in conservation and how you have reached such an important position so early in your career? VS: As I was Minister of Economy and Innovation in Lithuania, naturally, I was expecting rather a portfolio […]
Axios Media’s Sara Fischer reported earlier this week, women are”pushing back against the gender imbalance in media” by launching their own platforms and focusing on topics many traditional news companies have long ignored. We can relate! As part of that wave, today our friends at Lonely Whale, a nonprofit that is driving societal change away from […]
With air travel more difficult and risky this year, many families are taking vacations the old-fashioned way — by going on a road trip. And we hear that renting a recreational vehicle or RV is quite popular. It is a great way to “see the country,” and maybe visit some National Parks, while maintaining coronavirus […]
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