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Park Wants Visitors To Leave Cell Phones & Car Keys Behind

There are plenty of ways that cell phones are helping environmentalism, but they can also be a distraction and even an addiction. Especially when we are in the wild. That's why New Forest Nation…

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3 Wildlife Refuges You Didn’t Know You Own

Surprise! You own a national wildlife refuge. More than 500 of them, in fact. We all do, because our national wildlife refuges are public lands that are operated and maintained to protect our count…

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How & When to Harvest Summer Produce

As a gardener, you already know that one of the best things about summer is the daily bounty that you find in your vegetable garden. During the middle of summer you might actually find it a bit overwh…

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4 Myths About Sunglasses

By now, it's probably been drilled into your head that you always, always need to wear sunscreen when you're spending time outdoors. But your skin isn't the only thing that needs protecting from the g…

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The Simple Secret to Biking in a Skirt

Ever throw on a skirt and wish you could bike in it? After all, skirts are way, way comfier and less confining than pants. But with the breezes caressing your face and hair, odds are your skirt will c…

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Oil Sands: Destroying the Foods Native Americans Rely On

A new study released last week found higher than normal levels of pollutants in wild foods that comprise a large part of traditional Native American (First Nations) diets in Alberta, Canada.  The stud…

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Yellowstone Literally Can’t Afford to Lose Grizzly Bears

Apex predators have returned to Yellowstone - and that includes the iconic grizzly bear. Within the park, about 150 bears have established their home ranges, while in the greater Yellowstone area, nea…

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Polar Vortex: It’s Baaack (Or Is It?)

You say potato, I say Polar Vortex. But whatever we call it, unusally cold air is predicted to blanket the Upper mid-West and Northeast next week, driving summer temperatures down 10 to 30 degrees …

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Lemon Balm Spritzer – Healthy & Refreshing

I've got the most delightful lemon balm spritzer for ya. It's the balm bomb! And since it's HOT out there, this seemed like the right time to share it. Although I wage an ongoing battle against the…

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Why & How I Lure Birds To My Garden

Until my son was born, I didn't care much about birds. I grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y., where forests fell in favor of track housing for World War II veterans and their young families. Our posta…

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