Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

A Gradual Wakening to Spring

By Blythe Pelham

Following the Wheel of the Year gives us monthly moments to celebrate. Imbolc is a reminder that half of winter is now behind us.


An Introduction to Parasitic Plants

By Matt Candeias

Parasites catch a bad rap. Often feared and maligned, we tend to overlook the fact that they play an integral role in the ecological health of our ecosystems. Though animal and microbial parasites are most familiar, there are parasitic plants as well. What follows is a brief overview of the nature of parasitic plants.


More Problems with Synthetic Nitrogen Fertilizer

By Joanna Poncavage

Studies show that synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, which is ubiquitous in industrial agriculture, is linked with a buildup of uranium in water and in crops irrigated with that water, as well as increased soil acidification.


Are Electric Vehicles Bad for the Environment?

By Jennifer Tuohy

Recent studies have begun to spark a fresh debate about whether battery-powered electric vehicles are really better for the environment than gas-powered ones. The key point is asking how much the source of the electricity that powers an EV contributes to its green credentials. This post explores that question.


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Understanding the Complexity of a Carnivore's Life

By Geri Vistein

This blog explains why it is so important for farmers and ranchers to understand the complex social life of coyotes, and how this affects the safety of their livestock.


Best Kinds of Bird Food to Put Out This Winter

By Kayla Matthews

Putting out food for the wild birds in your area will help them get the nutrition they need to thrive through the cold months. Avian nutrition means much more than tossing out a few seeds. If you’re not sure what to put on your wild bird grocery shopping list, check out this list to get started.


Reflections on Bear Hibernation and Behavior

By Bruce McElmurray

Since moving to the mountains of Southern Colorado, we have encountered many black bears and because of those encounters, we have learned much about the species. I find it incredible that bears and other smaller critters can hibernate. Our winters are sometimes 7+ months long and for any animal to put itself into a dormant state for that long is simply amazing. Read more insights into how bear hibernation works.


Black Friday Manifesto for a Healthier World

By Eugene Cooke, Grow Where You Are

This is the season we change. This year, pause and reflect how best to invest your gift money.