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Creature Feature: Horsetails

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Today we'll take a step back in time--100 million years, to be exact. Our time machine is humble Equisetum, which you may know as Horsetails, Snake Grass, or Puzzle Grass. Today, horsetail's whispy fronds...

Mindful☼Mondays: The Sweet Smell of Spring

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Who else got a bunch of lilacs from the farmers’ market this weekend?! What a lovely community offering, the sweet smell of spring, the pervasive but gentle scent, fresh and slightly musky. Bringing sweet smelling...

Debris ID: Shotgun Shells and Wads

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This week's debris item is actually two--shotgun shells and wads! These two types of trash are discharged from a shotgun when fired, and are associated with sport hunting. Shotgun wads are almost impossible for...

Creature Feature: Yellow Spotted Millipede

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It's been a while since we've done a creepy-crawly Creature Feature. Birds and mammals, move aside! This week we're taking a look at the Yellow Spotted Millipede (Harpaphe haydeniana). This species of millipede is...

Mindful☼Mondays: Mindful Seeing

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Good morning and happy Monday. The weather forecast is showing some sunshine in the days ahead, but for those of us who still have to hunker down inside for work and school, today we’re...

Debris ID: Fishing Lures

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For this week's Debris ID, we'll take a look at a common item that can be puzzling to identify: Fishing Lures! Lures can come in so many shapes, sizes, and colors that it's hard to...

Creature Feature: California Condor

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After twenty years of anticipation, the largest land bird in North America is returning to Humboldt County. The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus), or "Prey-go-neesh" in the Yurok language, hasn't been seen in these parts...

Mindful☼Mondays: Wild Geese

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Thank you to those who participated in Thrive: EcoGrief and Anxiety Circle yesterday morning. What a heartfelt, blossoming community in grief and love. Today we’re leaving you the words we closed with during the...

Debris ID: Oyster Baskets

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For this week's Debris ID, we'll take a look at an item familiar to anyone in the mariculture industry: the oyster basket! Oyster baskets are black plastic mesh cages used to house oysters as they...

Creature Feature: Steller Sea Lion

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With the arrival of spring flowers and nesting birds, it can be easy to forget the world of life in Humboldt County's oceans and bay. Today we'll take a dive offshore and look at...

Mindful☼Mondays: Attention Restoration Theory

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Happy Monday! We hope you were able to get outside over the beautiful sunny weekend and that you’re feeling restored and motivated for your week ahead. Today we’re inviting you to check out a fascinating...

NEC 50th Anniversary Event Feedback Form

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- We need your input! - The Northcoast Environmental Center is planning it's 50th Anniversary event for August 21, 2021. As we embark on planning our first in-person event since COVID-19, we want to be sure...

Debris ID

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Happy Wednesday! Welcome to our first installment of Debris ID. Each week we'll take a look at some of the common trash items on Humboldt beaches and learn how to identify them. If you've done...

Creature Feature: Gray Fox

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This week we'll take a look at the most ancient member of the canine family--the Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). Back in the Pliocene era (3.6 mill years ago), Gray Foxes were roaming North America...

Lost Coast Camp Scholarship | Apply by April 5

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Sierra Club Redwood Chapter North Group is offering camp scholarships to Lost Coast Camp this July.   The deadline to apply is Monday, April 5. Sierra Club will pay for up to four children, ages...

Mindful☼Mondays: Moving Forward With Grief

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Good morning. Another week has passed in this wildly strange and unpredictable time. As we hover around the 1 year mark of this pandemic, many of us are reminded of how intense anniversaries can...

A Clean Ocean Starts on Your Street!

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There's nothing worse than heading out for your morning walk, only to be greeted with piles of trash along the side of the road. I came across this pile on Foster Ave. on an...

Creature Feature: Fox Sparrow

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This week we'll take a look at a bird many of you have probably seen or heard--the Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca). These large sparrows are common in Humboldt during the winter months, and can...

Mindful☼Mondays: Alchemize Your Eco Grief

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“The sorrow, grief, and rage you feel is a measure of your humanity and your evolutionary maturity. As your heart breaks open there will be room for the world to heal.” -Joanna Macy Much of...

Godwit Days Student Bird Art and Nature Writing Contests

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Deadline to Apply: March 26  Learn more at www.godwitdays.org/learning/activities-children/ Friday, March 26 is the deadline for children to enter the 18th annual bird art contest and the 16th annual nature writing contest. The art contest is open to...

Creature Feature: Portuguese Heath

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This week we'll take a look at a common invasive plant in Humboldt County--the Portuguese Heath (Erica lusitanica). This showy shrub was brought to the United States as an ornamental plant, but quickly spread...

Mindful☼Mondays: Seeing the Small

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Remembering the small, sweet tenderness of the living world in moments like this. In our rushed lives and overwhelmed schedules we can sometimes forget to see the small things - such as this Banana...

How To Report Illegal Dumping

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Thanks to the Peninsula Community Collaborative for putting together this handy flyer! Illegal dumping is a big problem on the Peninsula but there's plenty of ways that we can help fix it. If you'd like to...

Creature Feature: Pacific Trillium

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Is there a more iconic spring wildflower than the Pacific Trillium (Trillium ovatum)? Well, maybe the crocus comes close. But in the Pacific Northwest, the three white petals of Pacific Trillium, or "wake robin",...

Creature Feature: Northern Rubber Boa

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Say hello to the Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae), the Northern-most species of Boa in the world! This is one of the shyest species we've highlighted for Creature Feature. A far cry from its...