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March 24, 2014: Big Wave Crashes, Haitian Folk-Tunes, Babysitting Gorillas and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they are held underwater until they blackout and are rescued, put Langston Hughes’ poetry to music, study bats in the living room, grow up with gorillas, survive a deadly Antarctic expedition, remind travelers to represent their nations, refuse to order bluefin tuna sushi, and create stronger laws to protect elephants.

As Drought Persists in the West, Time to Prepare for Summer Shortages

Drought, drought, and more drought seems to be what’s in store for most river basins in the West, including the Colorado, the lifeline for 30 million people. Back in late November, I wrote about how NOAA’s seasonal drought outlook for mid-November to late February indicated the persistence of dryness in most of the Colorado River…

Restoring More than Animals – Returning Fire to American Prairie Reserve

  This fall, American Prairie Reserve conducted our first controlled burn of nearly 900 acres in an effort to expand prairie dog habitat and restore an important ecological process to the landscape. The fire was a result of collaboration between the Reserve, US Fish & Wildlife Service, which provided expertise, personnel and equipment to conduct…

Slash Pile, Burn Pile

When you drive through Rocky Mountain National Park these days, one of the stranger things you notice—once you’ve stopped being startled by the scenery or the elk—is the enormous piles of wood along the road. They’re shaped like teepees, they’re called slash piles, and they’re future bonfires: Last winter the rangers lit 5,700 of them…

Fire, Drought, and Water Stress

Smoke is in the air here in the middle Rio Grande Valley, as winds push charred particulates northeast from the largest fire in New Mexico’s recorded history. The Whitewater-Baldy blaze has now burned more than 350 square miles of the Gila National Forest and Gila Wilderness, a rugged gem of a landscape and the headwaters…

Eclipse “Ring of Fire” to Shine Over Africa, Asia on Friday

Johnny Cash fans take heed: The first solar eclipse of 2010 will create a “ring of fire” over Africa, India, and China on January 15. That’s because it will be an annular eclipse, and no, that is not a typo: I mean annular, not annual. Solar eclipses in general happen because every now and then…