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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.
By Wizipan Little Elk On August 23, 1804, a shot rang out on the wind-swept prairie near what is now called southeastern South Dakota, marking the first buffalo kill of the famous Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition. For us Lakota, our neighbors, and our buffalo relatives, it signaled the beginning of what was to become […]
Continuing its set of opinion surveys in the run-up to Earth Day, Gallup has released the results of another poll, finding that the percent of American adults who say that “protection of the environment should be given priority even at the risk of curbing economic growth” has dropped by 15% since 2018. Experts say that this number often correlates with unemployment, which the COVID-19 pandemic greatly increased.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Netflix has announced a commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022. The plan, called “Net Zero + Nature,” was announced on the Netflix blog by Dr. Emma Stewart, who became the content platform’s first sustainability officer in the fall of 2020. Netflix estimates that its 2020 […]
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