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Birding for beginners

Five basics to get you going In the still of early morning, even city dwellers can hear the dawn chorus—the singing of early birds—especially in the spring. If that sound has ever …

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Disneynature’s “Penguins” Film Review

Our favorite tuxedo pals hit the big screen again in an all-new Disneynature documentary called “Penguins.” Intended for the whole family, the 76-minute feature film follows the li …

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Grow a living mulch!

Kickstart your soil mojo with mycorhizal fungi and under cropping Nature abhors bare soil. Bare soil is constantly losing soil carbon and the fertility associated with it. A garden …

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Bring the natives home

Raising backyard native bee species is a plus-they sting less and pollinate more Creating habitat for native bees is one of the most fun and magical things I have done with my kids …

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Waterwise gardening

Tips on plant selection and irrigation from the lead horticulturist of the Water Conservation Garden at Red Butte Garden There has never been a better time to start using less wate …

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Clever Octopus: A Creative Reuse Haven Turns Two

When Jen Lopez and Sheri Gibb met in a ceramics class at the University of Utah a few years ago, they discovered a shared interest in found objects and reclaimed materials. Dreamin …

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On the cover: March 2019

Kristen O’Brien finishing the ’truth window’ in home number 5 in Moab, Utah – Spring 2013. The ’truth window’ shows you what is inside your walls and has turned into an artistic tr …

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The Living Building Challenge: a new standard for eco-friendly building that gives LEED a run for it’s money

As I live and breathe, Living Buildings are coming to Utah!! A Living Building is a building that collects rainwater, has its own sewage treatment plant and produces and stores all …

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Earthships: Recycling at its finest

Photos by Kari Larsen On a vast expanse of the northern New Mexico desert, just outside of Taos, lies a housing development like no other. Actually, “development” isn’t quite the w …

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Three Utah Organizations Discuss Utah’s Air Quality

We know air quality is an issue, especially when we awaken to a skyline of smog. It’s definitely a problem which has caught the eye of many Utah organizations. On Feb. 11, the Univ …

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