Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.
It's possible the showy antlers of male deer, elk and moose have played a more subtle role in species evolution and survival than might first appear.

Jonny Price Kica Zip Senior Director A New Financial Model for Lending
In conventional lending, underwriting decisions are an un-nuanced black and white, based on averages and algorithms that don't reflect a would-be borrower's character. Kiva Zip, a San Francisco non-profit, is pioneering a character-based approach to lending that allows for a more colorful underwriting canvas.
wild persimmons Foraging for Wild, American Persimmons
Diospyros virginiana, the wild American persimmon, is a native fruit that is ready to harvest in autumn and even early winter. Here's how to identify, gather and eat wild persimmons.
Big Tree Transform Suburban Landscape to One of Sustainability
Typical suburban landscaping is a maintenance expense with no return to the owner and often diminishes the habitat for the living things around us. One alternative is to create a forest island that provides flowers for pollinators and food for people with little to no maintenance cost.
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ESSENTIAL READING

Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability 
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.

This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

Why We Need Wilderness 
During a nearly 60-year career, Pulitzer-Prize winner Wallace Stegner, known as the Dean of Western Writers, wrote eloquently about the value of wild places.

Raptors, the Sky Masters 
Eagles, hawks and falcons: From their awesome aeronautics to their precise predatory instincts, these birds are the pinnacle of flight.

Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens 
No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.

Barn Owl Magic 
Beautiful and mysterious, barn owls also are prolific predators of rodents.

Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye  
Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.

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Fall in Love With What's Around Us

The closer you get, the more miraculous our world becomes. For instance, gravity is something we all take for granted. How this powerful force actually works is very cool, as Dan Burns, a physics teacher with Los Gatos High School in California, demonstrates.


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