Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.
Look carefully, and you'll discover that the coldest season is a great time to explore nature and its winter wonders.

Walking along the beach
The Necessity of Human Mortality
With humans living longer and technologies on the horizon that could prolong our lives even further, we must accept the necessity of our own mortality. When we do, we will finally realize the full heroic potential of our species.
Deforestation
How the Drug Trade Threatens the World's Ecosystems
The surprising connection between the drug trade and the environment.

Big Help for Planning Your Vegetable Garden!
Seeds catalogs are likely hitting your mailboxes right about now, making it the perfect time to start planning what you'll grow this year and how you'll arrange your garden beds. Out Vegetable Garden Planner not only allows you to plan your garden layout, but it also gives you planting times for all the crops you plan to grow based on your location's frost dates. Find out more about how the Garden Planner can boost your gardening success this season.
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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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