“It’s an exciting time to live and work on conservation issues in the Mojave Desert. Recently, California Senator Dianne Feinstein publicly asked President Obama to designate three new National Monuments in the California desert totaling more than 1.4 million acres of public land. These lands would be managed for protection of resources including the sensitive plants and animals that live there. Designation of these monuments would protect habitat for the federally threatened desert tortoise, the state sensitive desert bighorn sheep, golden eagle, prairie falcon, bears, mountain lions and many other species. These areas also harbor many rare plant species, three of which are new to science!”
This is incredible. Vashon Island, WA.
“Cedarsong Nature School has no street address. In fact it has no actual building. The “classroom” is a forest. And every day, rain or shine, children descend upon the grounds to explore the nature that surrounds them. It is an educational approach that is purely nonacademic. ‘One of the philosophies behind what’s called ‘flow learning’ is that the best way for children to learn is through their own authentic exploration of the natural world,’ says Erin Kenny, who founded Cedarsong nine years ago. ‘So we don’t impose any agenda, and yet, through their own discoveries, they make all these incredible observations and they’re able to scaffold the learning each day.’ ”
“Insects and weeds overrunning your garden might make you want to grab pesticides and start spraying, but for the health and safety of living creatures and the environment, it’s best to keep your hand off the nozzle.”
“Mayors and other local government chief executives are taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species whose populations have declined by 90% in the last 20 years. Through the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, cities and municipalities are committing to create habitat and educate citizens about how they can make a difference at home. There are four steps to taking and implementing the pledge.”