Topic: Nature

Sacred places and protected land: The Utah Bioregional Reader series, Part Three

I came to realize that one factor in particular—the search for something beyond normal experience—characterizes life in the Great Basin. Many people don’t just find themselves livi …

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Obituary for Great Salt Lake: Even lakes are not immortal.

Great Salt Lake experienced her final glimmering sunset today, succumbing to a long struggle with chronic diversions exacerbated by climate change. She was born 13,000 years ago to …

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Humanizing nature: Nature is evolving before our very eyes

Like most Utah sportsmen growing up in the 1960s, I learned to be a classic Utah consumptive user of renewable resources. I became an avid hunter, fisherman and forager of wild foo …

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Urban Almanac August 2020: A monthly compendium of random wisdom from the natural world and beyond

1  Average temps today: high 92º, low 67º. Sunrise: 6:24am. Sunset:   8:42pm. On this date in 1944, Anne Frank wrote her last diary entry. 2  James Baldwin was born on this date in …

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July 2020 Almanac: A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond.

July 1  Average temperatures today: high 90º, low 64º. Sunrise: 6:10am. Sunset: 8:56pm. July 2  Garlic at a glance: Hardneck and softneck (Allium sativum) and elephant (Allium ampe …

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Monica’s story

The following story is one of three collective stories (see “Community Cats” and “Meet the Cat Avenger: Julie Davis”) on feral felines and the women who love them.  One cat leads t …

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Meet the Cat Avenger: Julie Davis

The following is one of three collective stories (see “Community Cats” and “Monica’s Story”) on feral felines and the women who love them.  Julie Davis has helped trap colonies fro …

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Community Cats

Stories of caring for the feral felines among us. Editor’s note: In cartoons and children’s literature, it’s usually the stray cats and dogs that seem to have the most fun—the char …

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Spring fishing for food and fun

Fill your freezer with Utah Lake’s white bass. Here’s how! After years of drought, many of Utah’s lakes and their fish have suffered from low water levels. Utah Lake, one of Utah’s …

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Flying Jewel

A single parent mom moves in. Invisible with speed, a tiny blur buzzes up to a perch above our front door. It’s mid-May and Salt Lake is still in a wet cold spring. The hummers sta …

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Sundance 2020: Okavango: River of Dreams

Courtesy of Sundance Institute Dry desert wind stirs as weary bodies move like a mirage across the plains of Botswana, Africa. Here zebras, elephants and lions search the barren so …

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Utah Environews

I think there’s a trap in loving that empty western possibility, especially when you don’t live in it all the time. That’s part of the deepening divide between urban and rural area …

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Nature all around us

Getting to know our neighbors at the Natural History Museum of Utah The myths of human separateness are many and varied: Mankind is special—we are the only animal with a soul and e …

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Environews

A community in the thrall of the attention economy feels like an industrial farm, where our jobs are to grow straight and tall, side by side, producing faithfully without ever touc …

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What if we stopped “itting” the world?

From nature as a resource to a giver of gifts To describe Robin Wall Kimmerer as a scientist tells only part of the story. She has a Ph.D in botany, teaches courses in ethnobotany …

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