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SB 343: Ban on Misleading Recycling Labels

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California recently signed into law nine bills that aim to help the environment.   SB-343 bans companies from putting misleading labels on packages that give the impression they can be recycled. When non-recyclable items are...

Creature Feature: Moon Jellyfish

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Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita) can be found throughout the oceans of the world, and are one of the more common types of local jellyfish. In fact, in previous years, many moon jellies have washed...

Mindful Mondays: Generosity Toward the Future

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“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present,” writes philosopher Albert Camus. I honor the individuals and organizations who actively participate in the environmental movement, who diligently work to analyze...

Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

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Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) and help make a difference for the environment! COASST participants collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the...

Creature Feature: Black-Necked Stilt

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Black-necked stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) are American shorebirds with long thin legs, slim wings, and a needle-like bill. They primarily feed on insects or crustaceans that they scoop out of water or air. They are...

Mindful Mondays: Indigenous People’s Day

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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Celebrate by advocating for land back and/or donating money to land trusts and others doing the sacred work of returning and protecting land. If you’re local to the Arcata area and haven’t...

Top Pollutants from Coastal Cleanup Month

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This data was collected in September 2021. The top pollutants are as follows: 3,548 cigarettes/cigars 1504 Foam or Plastic Fragments 1340 Other/Uncategorized Trash 837 Plastic Food Wrappers 649 Paper Food Wrappers Foam pieces are routinely...

Creature Feature: California Slender Salamander

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California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) or hlkerrwers (salamander) in the Yurok language. This is a type of lungless salamander primarily found in Northern California. These salamanders are active on the ground during wet weather, and at...

Mindful Mondays: What Are Your Gifts?

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Last week we introduced the sense of kinship with the natural world as an active, living relationship. Part of witnessing this relationship means recognizing the gifts we are given from our kin, and also...

Top Pollutants From Coastal Cleanup Month 2021

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Cigarette butts are the top polluter in virtually every NEC cleanup, total this year being 578. In fact, smokers buy roughly 6.5 trillion cigarettes a year, many of which find their way into the...

Creature Feature: Red Tailed Hawks

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Creature Feature: Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo Jamaicensis) The Red-tailed Hawk is one of the most common hawks in North America. They are also one of the largest birds on the continent, with a large adult...

Mindful Mondays: “Kin” as a verb

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What does it look like to be in active relationship with the living world? Editors Robin Wall Kimmerer, John Hausdoerffer, and Gavin Van Horn of the new Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations...

Coastal Cleanup Month Week 4 Prizes

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We have reached the last week of Coastal Cleanup Month! We have a lot of cleanups happening on Saturday, and Sunday this week. Pick the time and location that works for you and signup...

Creature Feature: Pacific Harbor Seals

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Pacific Harbor Seals (Phoca Vitulina), or asipichxúunanacha (Karuk) Harbor Seals are one of the most common marine mammals along U.S coasts. They can weigh up to 285 pounds and measure up to 6...

Mindful Mondays: All We Can Save

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“We need to have a whole cultural shift, where it becomes our culture to take care of the Earth, and in order to make this shift, we need storytelling about how the Earth takes...

Coastal Cleanup Month Week 3 Prize!

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Coastal Cleanup Month Week 3 is here! Our third cleanup is Saturday, September 18 at 11am at the Clam Beach Campground. Sign up at www.yournec.org/coastalcleanupmonth. All volunteers are entered to win a weekly prize basket!

Mindful Mondays: Spiritually Healthy Commonwealth

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“Our destruction and desecration of the living land has made us the richest and most materialistic nation in history. But under our national ethic of economic progress at any price, we have been buying...

Coastal Cleanup Month Week 2 Prize Basket

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Coastal Cleanup Month Week 2 is here! Our second cleanup is Saturday, September 11 at 11am at the Samoa Boat Launch. Sign up at www.yournec.org/coastalcleanupmonth. All volunteers are entered to win a weekly prize basket! ...

Creature Feature: Huckleberry

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Huckleberry - Vaccinium ovatum - vou'gul (Wiyot) "Huckleberry" is the common name for many different species of berry. The kind found in redwood forests are known as "evergreen huckleberries". Huckleberries are in the Ericaceae family, which...

Mindful Mondays: The Stream of Life

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"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of...

Coastal Cleanup Month Week 1 Prize Basket

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Welcome to Coastal Cleanup Month! Our first cleanup is this Saturday at 11am at the Eureka Public Marina! Sign up at www.yournec.org/coastalcleanupmonth. All volunteers are entered to win a weekly prize basket!

Creature Feature: Long Tailed Weasel

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This week's creature feature is the long tailed weasel (Neogale frenata), or Tsougulhayughunu'ru' in the Wiyot language. The long tailed weasel is a charming but fierce predator, snacking primarily on rodents and other small mammals. Weasels...

Mindful Mondays: Spiritual Ecology

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Good morning! Today we’re sharing some thoughts on how our behavior reflects our respect for the Earth as a living system. Bill Plotkin investigates how deep ecology supports eco-activism through the belief that the...

Win A Prize! Sign-up for Coastal Cleanup Month

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If you need another reason to get excited about Coastal Cleanup Month...there will be prizes! For every cleanup you attend, you will be entered into our weekly prize raffle. That means the more cleanups...

Creature Feature: Hoary Bat

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CREATURE FEATURE Hoary Bat (Aeorestes cinereus), or Skoyom in the Yurok language. Hoary Bats are a widespread species in North America, and are one of the most common bat species in Humboldt County. They are also...