Topic: Nature

Don’t put away your “Protect Bears Ears” T-shirts just yet

On December 28, 2016, President Obama established a new Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Hip, hip hooray! But don’t put away your “Protect Bears Ears” T-shirts ju …

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Ask Umbra: Is synthetic yarn for the birds?

Q. Dear Umbra, I’ve been saving my yarn scraps all year to put out for the birds while they’re building their nests, but I’m wondering about synthetics, like acrylic. Most of my kn …

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Slightly Off Center: Utah Fringes

In journalistic jargon “30” means the end. That’s what Utah highway 30 is; it’s probably the last place you’d pick to explore in Utah but you should. Everybody brags on Highway 12 …

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The Urban Almanac: October 2016

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world. OCT 1 If you’re still in the mood, there’s plenty to plant now, like shrubs, trees, roses, spring bulb …

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The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural world Day by day in the home, garden & sky. SEPT 1 NEW MOON. Neptune reaches its closest approach to Eart …

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The Urban Almanac

A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the home, garden and natural worldAUG 1 Today is Lammas, the beginning of the fall harvest season. AUG 2 NEW MOON. This month has two birt …

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Aphids 101: Methods to Outsmart the Little Vampires

Few things crash the garden party harder than the arrival of aphids. In an instant, visions of effortless harvest and flawless plants come to an abrupt halt. One of the first pests …

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Environews: Help Get Red Rock Stories Off the ground

Torrey House Press is raising funds to publish a chapbook of stories about Utah’s public lands solicited from well-known regional writers. Copies of this book, Red Rock Stories, wi …

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Red Rock Stories Jeff Clay

Comings & Goings: What’s new at the Downtown Farmers Market

No More Plastic. We all know what a waste it is to use a bottle once and throw it out, yet how many of us do it? Now, the Downtown Farmers Market is living up to their own environm …

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Environews: Great Salt Lake Issues

The Great Salt Lake Issues Forum, held every other year by Friends of Great Salt Lake, brings together scientists, government agencies, business, recreation and conservation intere …

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Great Salt Lake

So You Want to Learn to Fish

Friday nights when I was a kid, my dad and I would go out in the backyard, turn on the hose and flood a patch of lawn in the shade of the house. Hours later, we’d scan the ground w …

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Gifts that Grew

What grows in your home or garden that came from somewhere else—not purchased, not even as a formal gift, but a garden-to-garden sharing, like sourdough starter? We asked a few of …

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The Novice’s Grimoire: May 12 – 19: Pine Oil

Welcome back Novices! This week we are talking about pine oil. Besides being a holiday favorite and a prickly friend, the pine tree and its parts have many various uses. It is beli …

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Comings & Goings: Citizen Scientists @ Tracy Aviary

– By Katherine Pioli From the annual Audubon backyard bird count to the microplastics charting research by Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, citizen science projects, us …

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Gardening Trends

CATALYST isn’t big on rehashing materials from marketing and publicity firms. But once a year, one organization produces a press release that makes us, well, swoon. It’s the Garden …

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