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Compassionate Cleanups

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The NEC sees litter cleanups as a tool to stem the flow of trash that ends up in our waterways, but also as a way to gather data about where littler is coming from...

Creature Feature: American Dipper

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Dippers, or "water ouzels" are the only aquatic songbirds in North America. They forage for microorganisms in streams and rivers by walking under the water. Dippers have evolved features to help them survive in the...

Change 4 Change: Sept. 11-17

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This week we'll be tabling at Eureka Natural Foods (ENF) for their Change 4 Change fundraiser! If you round-up your purchase from September 11 - 17 at the Eureka or McKinleyville ENF stores that...

Creature Feature: Marsh Wren

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The Marsh Wren is a small songbird native to North America. The year-round habitat range of the Marsh Wren consists of the southern coasts of British Columbia to the coasts of Central California. With a...

Mindful Monday: Poem for my Children

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Poem for my Children Born During the Sixth Extinction by Laura Cresté @lauracreste The first things kids learn in school are the seasons. By now they already know their colors, maybe even their last names. My children will...

Creature Feature: Nootka Rose

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The Nootka Rose is a flowering plant native to Western North America, from the coasts of Alaska to the Northern Pacific coasts of California. The flower is usually found in thickets, or bushes, of two...

Mindful Monday: Ferns, Mosses, Flags

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Ferns, Mosses, Flags from Meteoric Flowers by Elizabeth Willis We all live under the rule of Pepsi, by the sanctified waters of an in-ground pond. Moss if it gathers is a sign of shifting weathers, the...

Creature Feature: American Kestrel

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The American Kestrel is one of the most common falcons in North America. Their year-round habitat range consists of the continental United States alongside northern regions of Mexico. The American Kestrel is significantly smaller and...

Mindful Monday: Solastalgia

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Solastalgia - from the Latin sōlācium (comfort) and Greek root -algia (pain, suffering, grief) - describes the emotional distress one experiences from the degradation of natural environments and the earth as a whole. It...

Creature Feature: Turkish Towel

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The Turkish Towel is a type of seaweed found on the Pacific Coast. It gets its name from its unique, bumpy texture, which is similar to the feeling of luxurious towels from Turkey. The Turkish...

Mindful Monday: Edible Plants

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Connecting to the land with our tastebuds is a unique way to experience kinship with the world around us. With an untrained eye or through rushing around from place to place, we often miss...

Have You Seen An Algal Bloom? Report it!

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Have you seen an algal bloom in your local waterway? Keep your community safe by reporting it at mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/do/bloomreport.html

Creature Feature: Common Loon

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The Common Loon is a large waterfowl in the diving bird family. Loons can be found throughout the entirety of North America, but their location depends on the time of year. The Common Loon...

Mindful Monday: The Usefulness of Ritual

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“The importance of rituals in helping mourners cope is undisputed, however, and I see no reason why ecologists should not tap this resource in these difficult times. We could create a quilt of our...

Truck Drivers Needed in September!

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Are you a pickup truck owner with a passion for environmental stewardship? We need your help during Coastal Cleanup Month! We are looking for volunteers who can make a couple dump runs during the weekends...

Creature Feature: Braun’s Giant Horsetail

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The Braun’s Giant Horsetail is a shrub-like plant belonging to the fern family. While Horsetails are widespread throughout most temperate continents, the Braun’s Giant Horsetail is one of the few sub-variations of horsetail native...

Mindful Monday: Five Principles of Empowerment

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Five Principles of Empowerment Feelings of pain for our world are natural and healthy: they are a measure of our humanity. Pain is morbid only if denied: …despair, like any emotion, is dynamic —...

Bonfire 101: Don’t Burn Pallets

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It's the perfect time of year for a beach bonfire, so here's a tip to help reduce bonfire litter on Humboldt beaches. Pallets are a cheap alternative to firewood, but they leave behind hundreds...

Creature Feature: Chinook Salmon

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The Chinook Salmon is a migratory fish native to the North Pacific Ocean and surrounding river systems, ranging throughout the Alaska and California coastline. The typical lifespan of Chinook Salmon averages from one to...

Trash Totals Update

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Over the last two years, NEC volunteers have been hard at work collecting trash and recording data. Since May 2020, volunteers have removed 64,022 pieces of trash from Humboldt streets, parks, and beaches. Wow!...

Creature Feature: Double-crested Cormorant

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The Double-crested Cormorant is a large water bird native to North America. While widely distributed throughout North America its year-round habitat range consists of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska to the central coasts of...

Mindful Monday: Ecopsychology

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“In contrast, an ecologically responsible construction of the self will require what Arne Naess calls an “ecological self,” which includes not only growth in human relationships with family and community, but a broadening of...

Creature Feature: Nuttall’s Cockle

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The Nuttall's Cockle is a species of clam found in the Western coastal areas of North America. Their native range is along the west coast, specifically from the Bering Sea of Alaska to San...

Mindful Monday: In Any Event

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IN ANY EVENT by Dorianne Laux from How to Love the World, Poems of Gratitude and Hope If we are fractured we are fractured like stars bred to shine in every direction, through any dimension, billions of years since and hence. I shall not lament the...

Creature Feature: Sitka Spruce

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The Sitka Spruce is an evergreen tree originally found within the southern regions of Alaska; the Sitka Spruce's habitat can range from the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska to Fort Bragg, California. The Sitka Spruce...