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Experts agree we are dealing with mass extinction

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I love cats. Fluffy, cuddly, cute, ornery, frisky, playful cats. I also like nature and cats play havoc on the ecological balance by killing birds and rodents that are food for wild animals. Cats are great hunters plus they get fed by humans, so their kind has a pretty good chance – but their love of killing could threaten the […]

Microplastics are in the lake, in fish, in our bodies

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When you take a drink of water, it is probably not just H2O. There is scientific evidence that itty bitty pieces of plastic can now be found in water across the globe. They come from commercial products like clothing fibers and cosmetics, and from the breakdown of larger pieces of plastic, like water bottles. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

Animal lovers can help DNR study mammals

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Fish and Wildlife launched a new Report a Mammal program this year. It includes a variety of species; some are elusive or are rare visitors to the state, and some the DNR would like to gather more information about. Additions include badgers, gray foxes, flying squirrels, star-nosed moles, ground squirrels and weasels, […]

Wetlands corridors a key to thriving biodiversity

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In wetlands areas traversed by busy roads, the turtle population is almost entirely male, said Purdue Fort Wayne herpetologist Bruce Kingsbury. That is because the females travel to other locations to lay their eggs, and often try to cross a road to do it. A population made up of only males does not have a chance of survival. One World […]

Farmers markets support local producers, food security

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The LaGrange Farmers Market will come back to life this weekend on the courthouse square. The farmers market tradition stretches back decades and many have memories of bustling Saturdays downtown, meeting friends, shopping at local stores and buying fresh produce straight from a neighbor’s garden. “Farmers markets have fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means […]

Get on the No Mow bandwagon this month

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Have you heard of No Mow May? The initiative to reimagine lawns in a more ecologically friendly way is catching on fast across the United States. First popularized by Plantlife, an organization based in the United Kingdom, it has spread across the globe, sparking imagination along the way. “The No-Mow Movement encourages lawn-owners to leave native grasses to their own […]

Individuals, businesses can ease power grid load

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Just think of your grandparents, sweating their summers away in their dark homes, windows shaded against the scorching sunlight. The cool of the night would come and they would open the windows again, allowing the breezes to chase away some of the cloying dankness as they tried to sleep in 80-degree heat. You yourself may remember the days when every […]

Recycling industry can ease landfill load

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Did you know that an aluminum can takes 200 to 500 years to break down in nature? So, if you threw your Coca Cola can near the oak tree you planted, and it stays there, the tree will be 100 feet tall and the can will be a puddle of crumbly metal and paint to be discovered by your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren. […]

You can help protect native bee species

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Everything that stings is not “a bee.” I have been a beekeeper for the past five years or so. The bees that we tend to in the boxes we put in our yards and fields are honeybees. Most people who get into beekeeping do so to harvest honey though there is an added and very important benefit in the bees […]

We can celebrate Earth Day every day

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My grandma has this great saying: “Every day is my birthday.” Why wait to celebrate? My dear friend Bill Elias at Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve has a pretty cool quote, too. When you ask him how he is doing, he will answer, “I’m brand new.” Bill has seen many decades pass but he recognizes the promise in each new day. […]


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