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Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas.
National Wildflower Week 2016 is scheduled for May 2nd thru 8th so it’s the perfect time to get outside, smell the flowers, and appreciate all they have to offer!
Why Do Wildflowers Matter?
Wildflowers and native plants help conserve water, reduce mowing costs, provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife and protect the soil from erosion. In addition, native plants can require fewer resources to maintain than plants that aren’t native to a region.
Check out 20 ways to observe National Wildflower Week from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
[ Report: Proposed BLM methane waste rule will increase production, revenue in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin ]
An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.
Did you know that pollinators like bees and birds are responsible for about one in every three mouthfuls of food we eat? Unfortunately, there is increasing evidence that many pollinators are in decline. One simple thing you can do to help is plant a pollinator garden. April is the time when many of us start designing and preparing our summer gardens, so now is the best time to plan the perfect pollinator garden to attract bees and other pollinators.
If you need help choosing the right plants, the Bee Smart® Pollinator Gardener app can help. It’s a comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area. You can browse through a database of nearly 1,000 native plants. You can filter plants by light and soil requirements, bloom color, and plant type. The app has excellent plant references to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, bats, and other pollinators to the garden, farm, school and every landscape.
It’s available on both Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod) platforms. Download the app here.
If you want more info on how to plant the perfect pollinator garden, you can get plenty of tips from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service here.
EarthShare Honors National Parks Centennial
This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park System. To commemorate this special occasion, EarthShare staff members reflected on their favorite memories of our National Parks. These national treasures not only protect the country’s unique biodiversity, but also offer visitors surprising, awe-inspiring experiences.
What’s your favorite memory of the park? Let us know in the comments section below, or post your memory to social media with the hashtags #FindYourPark or #NPS100. Then, visit EarthShare member charity National Parks Conservation Association to find out how you can protect the parks.
I went to Alaska in 2006 and spent two days in Denali National Park. We saw plenty of wildlife in the park itself, but what I remember most vividly was waiting for the train to Fairbanks and seeing a moose in the parking lot of the train station. A wolf on the other side of the train tracks was watching it very closely! We also loved standing on the deck of our cottage in Denali – when it was 11:30pm and there was still plenty of daylight in mid-June.
– Miriam Davidson, Public Campaigns Manager
Yellowstone National Park in autumn is crisp and magical: steam rising in the early morning from hot springs and fumeroles; elk bugling their mating songs, bison wandering the valleys and forests with green garlands in their fur.
As vast as Yellowstone National Park is – it's larger than the states of Rhode Island or Delaware – it sits within a much larger ecosystem that includes humans. These borderlands are where conservation is truly tested. I was inspired to meet a woman named Hilary Anderson who has found sustainable ways to cattle ranch alongside wolves and bears. Hilary represents a new generation of rancher that is rethinking our relationship with the wild from one of fear and destruction, to one of respect and coexistence.
– Erica Flock, Communications Consultant
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
It was like a page cut from Genesis in the days of creation: The entire sky was overcast with big purple clouds lunging down from above with just a small clearing in the western sky for the setting sun to shoot its rays through. New spring growth was everywhere – swaths of bluebells, violets, small wild & spotted flowers smaller than a fingernail, bright new blades of grass, golden asters, and new leaves breaking through from their branches on many of the trees.
This scene all took place on the banks of the Potomac just below the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath at Carderock where the river bottom causes the water to flow like mini-whitewater rushing from the mountains. The clouds & sunset reflected on the water along with the flowers and trees on the banks provide a truly sacred experience. It was like stepping into Eden, and all just minutes from Washington, DC… in one of our treasured national parks!
– Paul Fitzpatrick, Information System Manager
Last summer my friends and I took a trip to California to visit Big Sur and Yosemite. Yosemite has always been a dream of mine because of the sequoias. I have been an activist for half my life and have worked so hard to protect this ecosystem. It was breathtaking and something that words can’t even explain.
I also saw how climate change is devastating our national parks. Wildfires have destroyed acres and acres of land and waterfalls have dried up. It is more important than ever to invest in and protect our national parks. I want my children to experience Yosemite and not have to rely on pictures of how it used to be.
– Beth Gunter, Campaign Support Specialist
In the Pacific Northwest, roughly 24 million acres of forest are protected from destructive clear-cut logging and managed as part of a vast, intertwined ecosystem that stretches from Northern California to the Canadian border.
It’s Earth Day and representatives of 155 countries are gathered in New York City to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Under that agreement, those nations will work to keep the rise in global temperatures below two degrees Celsius, a goal that could help limit the worst effects of climate change.
Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of PennFuture, points out this is the latest in a series of efforts to slow climate change, efforts that stretch back some 30 years.
“And every time we were beaten back by the fossil fuel interests,” he says. “And now, we have this Paris Agreement and the Clean Power rules, and we can only hope that they don’t beat us back once again.”
He says PennFuture is urging everyone to do their part, from composting organic trash to purchasing electric power from renewable sources, to aid in the effort.
According to Schweiger, Pennsylvania alone emits about 110 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, the equivalent of one full day of the entire earth’s carbon pollution.
“So, we have a big role to play as a state,” he says. “And I think it takes every citizen to give voice to the need to avoid climate change.”
Schweiger adds the effects of climate change are no longer just predictions of future events. He cites severe weather events like the recent torrential rains in Texas as indications that climate change is real and is happening now.
“We’re seeing those kinds of things happen more and more around the world,” says Schweiger. “And they are strong indications to us that we need to move quickly to avoid even worse conditions.”
He says many experts now agree that the transition to clean energy is going to happen. But the question remains, will it happen in time?
-Andrea Sears, Keystone State News Connection