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Mindful Mondays: Beautiful Solutions

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Stop! For just a moment - stop scrolling through your feed. In your scrolling have you been inundated with difficult news? Anxiety-invoking imagery? Image after video after page of doomsday messaging? While knowing the harsh...

Creature Feature: Thimbleberry

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It's that time of year...trailside snacks are appearing on berry bushes all over Humboldt county! Blackberries, salmonberries, and thimbleberries are popping out of the foliage, with huckleberries right around the corner. Today we'll take...

Mindful Mondays: We Are Earthlings

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“The Earth gave birth to all of us: the microbes and the macrobes, the ferns, frogs, fish, finches, four-leggeds, you and me and we are all together. You can feel the Earth, beneath you,...

Creature Feature: Pacific Banana Slug

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Pacific Banana Slugs (Ariolimax columbianus), or Joumash in the Wiyot language, are an iconic species of the redwood forest. Of the 4 species of banana slug, ours is the most common and least threatened. While...

Mindful Mondays: The Gift of Being Present

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“The biggest gift you can give is to be absolutely present, and when you're worrying about whether you're hopeful or hopeless or pessimistic or optimistic, who cares? The main thing is that you're showing...

Fight Firework Litter

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Yesterday, NEC staff headed out to Power Poles beach in Samoa for a quick cleanup. In under an hour, we found over 400 pieces of trash! Firework debris was the number one item we...

Creature Feature: Anna’s Hummingbird

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Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna), or Tsakwhonaba'ra in the Wiyot language, is the most common species of hummingbird on the Pacific coast. These tiny birds don't weigh more than a nickel, yet their flashy feathers...

Mindful Mondays: Hope Punk

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Hope Punk as a Model for Climate Anxiety Resilience “Hope Punk is the idea that regardless of how wrecked something is, or how bad something might be, you just act in the right way, you...

Mindful☼Mondays: RAIN Meditation

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Today we’re bringing you the meditation we did during our Thrive: EcoGrief and Anxiety Circle yesterday morning. RAIN is a technique used by meditation teacher and psychologist Tara Brach. In moments when we’re triggered...

Mindful☼Mondays: The Ecology of Perception

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“This has become a very basic insight to me: that our bodily senses, left to their own devices, are inherently animistic; that sensory perception is participatory; that the senses are gregarious organs that actively...

Creature Feature: Brown Pelican

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The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) or Jawurrachi in the Wiyot language, is a charismatic and recognizable seabird in Humboldt county. Brown pelicans often dwarf their seabird neighbors, but are actually the smallest species of...

Mindful Mondays: Remembering Gentleness

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When was the last time you were truly gentle with yourself? In the fast paced American culture many of us are accustomed to moving quickly, pushing through, being "strong". If there's anything this pandemic...

Trash-a-thon 2021: Klaus’ Mission

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Check out this awesome video that team Life Bike-quatic made during our Trash-a-thon event in April! What creative techniques have you used during your cleanups? Share in the comments! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_4u5_Kw9iY

Creature Feature: Bald Eagles

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Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus Yurok Name: Tohtet Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), or "Tohtet" as they are known in the Yurok language, are an iconic bird of the Pacific Northwest. Bald eagles are a type of sea...

Mindful☼Mondays: A Field Guide to Sensuous Repair

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This Monday we’re introducing you to Flood Drafts: A Field Guide for Sensuous Repair, a publication by @loamlove From the Loam website: “Flood Drafts: A Field Guide to Sensuous Repair is a collection of...

Debris ID: Strapping Bands

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If you've been taking data during your cleanups using the NOAA Marine Debris Tracker App, you've likely come across an item called "Strapping Bands". Ever wonder what that means? You're not alone...I'm embarrassed to...

Creature Feature: California Quail

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Common Name: California Quail; Scientific Name: Callipepla californica; Wiyot Name: Dugak Many of you may know the charming California Quail as the state bird of California. These birds, known as "dugak" in the Wiyot language,...

Mindful☼Mondays: The Eternal Now

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“The future is a concept. It doesn’t exist. There is no such thing as tomorrow. There never will be because time is always now. That’s one of the things we discover when we stop...

Creature Feature: Great Blue Heron

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Creature Feature: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), or Heluqhiyan in the Wiyot language. The Great Blue Heron is the largest species of heron in North America, with a wingspan of roughly 2m. They are also...

Mindful☼Mondays: Inventory of Trees

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“Treat your nose to an inventory of the trees in your home. Lift a cup of black tea to your nose. Camellia leaves, redolent of East Asian mountains. Dig your thumb into orange peel....

Debris ID: Yellow Rope & Black Pipe

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Welcome to another installment of Debris ID! This week I'd like to highlight two items we see frequently on Humboldt beaches: yellow rope and black pipe. Our volunteers frequently find pieces of bright yellow 3-stranded...

Creature Feature: Townsend’s Chipmunk

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The Townsend's Chipmunk (Tamias townsendii), or Bushdou'l in the Wiyot language, is one of the cutest critters in Humboldt forests. These feisty creatures can be quite aggressive with each other--especially the females, who are...

Mindful☼Mondays: Ocean Breath

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This is a breathing technique you can use to calm your nerves and get focused on what is happening in your body. Use it at any point in your day, even if you don’t...

Prevent Pollution: Dispose of Medicine Safely

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Great news! There are now nine locations in Humboldt county where you can safely dispose of expired, unused, or unwanted medications. Disposing of medication waste improperly can contribute to water pollution and prescription drug...

Creature Feature: North American Porcupine

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Creature Feature: North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum).   Happy Mother's Day from everyone at the NEC! Did you know that a mother-baby pair of Porcupines is called a Prickle? On their own, a female is...