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Creature Feature: Tundra Swans

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Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) are one of the largest and most easily identified bird species in Humboldt county. There are several subspecies of this elegant bird--the ones we see around here are "Whistling Swans"....

Mindful☼Mondays: Tree Hugging

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What a blessing this sunshine has been the last couple of days! We hope you’ve been able to get out and enjoy the dose of Vitamin D. This winter has been challenging with the rise...

Farewell to our Coastal Programs Coordinator

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A message from our Coastal Programs Coordinator, Casey Cruikshank: "After nearly three years at the Northcoast Environmental Center, I am making a very bittersweet farewell and moving on to work at the Pacific Flake Sea...

Mindful☼Monday: Counter Mapping

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Happy Monday. Let’s spend some time today getting our creativity flowing. For this Mindful Monday we’re sharing an artistic exercise introduced to us through Emergence Magazine, from their article about “Counter Mapping”. “Counter Mapping”, a...

Top Trash Trackers

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Here is a view of our Top Trash Trackers on the Marine Debris Tracker App. Tap into your competitive side and log some debris items to get your name on the list! Trash can...

Creature Feature: Gumboot Chiton

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Today we'll take a look at a creature that may have escaped your notice the last time you went tidepooling. Despite it's reddish-brown coloring, Gumboot Chitons can blend in among the rocks and brightly...

Mindful☼Monday: Thus Spoke the Plant

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For our first Mindful Monday of the New Year, we’re bringing you a book recommendation to add to your list (because one of your goals was to read more this year, right?!). Monica Gagliano’s “Thus...

2021 Volunteer Opportunities

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Looking for new ways to volunteer and take care of our planet in 2021?   Join our efforts to collect citizen science data on marine debris and neighborhood trash. Pictured is mariculture debris submitted by...

Mindful☼Mondays: NYE Ritual

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We hope you’ve been enjoying the holiday season and will continue to find rest, connection, and renewal through the New Year. If you did not get to celebrate the turning of the year on...

Creature Feature: Steller’s Jay

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Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is an unmistakable denizen of Humboldt County's forests. They can be easily identified by their loud squawking, unique plumage, and inquisitive attitude. Like other jays, the Steller's Jay is a...

Mindful☼Mondays: Winter Solstice

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Happy Monday and Happy Solstice! Despite the gray weather we have much sunshine ahead to be grateful for - the brilliant Sun will be with us longer and longer each day from now until the...

Coastal Programs Volunteer Shout-Out

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We want to thank our Coastal Programs volunteers, Nick and Aly, for watching over Patrick's Point in the winter months. They had a rainy and successful cleanup last week. This is a great reminder...

Mindful Mondays: The Great Turning

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“The Great Turning happens when the Great Unraveling begins”. - Joanna Macy Yesterday Joanna Macy graced Bioneers conference with her deep wisdom and love. The Great Turning is the name given to the biggest and most...

King Tides: December 13-15

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Snap the Shore, See the Future www.coastal.ca.gov/kingtides/ California has another chance to observe the #KingTides on December 13, 14, and 15. If you are able to safely visit the shoreline during these highest tides of the...

Creature Feature: Woolly Bear

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This charming caterpillar is known by many names - Banded Woolly Bear, Woolly Worm, or woollybear. However, it's official name is the Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella). You've likely had to step over this...

Mindful☼Mondays: Bioneers Conference

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M I N D F U L ☼ M O N D A Y S Happy Monday! This past weekend was the first weekend of Bioneers conference - this year a two part virtual conference....

Data Collection Success Story

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Have you ever wondered what the point of data collection is when doing cleanups? At the NEC we track marine and neighborhood debris to find local waste patterns so we can advocate for waste...

NEC Recognized For Working To Help People Cut Back On Plastic

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The NEC is so excited to be recognized by Ezvid Wiki as an organization working to help people cut back on plastic! If you'd like to learn more about our volunteer cleanup programs visit yournec.org/trashtrackers....

Creature Feature: Western Fence Lizard

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This week's Creature Feature is the Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis), though you might know them better as "blue-bellies". These medium-sized lizards have mottled brown coloring on their back, but turn over an adult...

Mindful☼Mondays: Elder Wisdom

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M I N D F U L ☼ M O N D A Y S Many of us follow the wise guidance of our Elders. This tradition follows across nations, races, and lineages as a...

Giving Tuesday | December 1

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www.yournec.org/donations Dear NEC Supporter, As 2020 draws to a close, the NEC, like most species and habitats on the planet, has had to adapt to survive. We're proud of our staff and so grateful to our members...

Mindful☼Mondays: Land Acknowledgement

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Mindfulness need not only act as a method of self-care and attunement. It can also be a tool for better understanding and attuning with our community and the history of our homes. As this week...

Coastal Cleanup Day 2014-2019 Results

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Past Cleanup Results Did you know that we have been working hard to get all of our Coastal Cleanup Day historical data on our website? It's now available to the public, totally interactable and there's...

Creature Feature: California Slender Salamander

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This week's creature may be one of the smallest we've featured so far--but important nonetheless! The California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus) is shy but not uncommon in Humboldt county. They enjoy damp, dark places...

Mindful☼Mondays: Act Local

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Good morning. Yet another week has passed: COVID numbers are climbing, the political landscape is disorienting, and the season continually shifts into cold and darkness. Despite the heavy atmosphere, this movement into winter allows...