December 2020 EcoNews

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News from the Center

by Larry Glass and Carrie Tully A New Day...Sort of We, and the entire environmental community can take a deep breath knowing that after January 20,...

Tim McKay Birdathon Sets Records!

C.John Ralph, RRAS Every year, for the past six years, the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC) and Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) have held a fundraiser...

Beating the Winter Blues

Brittney Morettini It’s December, and the first day of winter is right around the corner. Our daylight hours are getting less and less by the...

Dear EcoNews

Do you have an environmental query? Would you like to ask an expert? Submit your questions to and we will find a local...

Casey’s Community Coastal Column: Year-End Review

Casey Cruikshank, Coastal Programs Coordinator 2020 has been an exciting year for Coastal Programs at the NEC. Now that we’re collecting data year-round (not just...

Intersectional Environmentalism: Justice for People and the Planet

Johanna Rivera, Outings Leaders from Latino Outdoors Have you heard of the new buzz word “intersectional environmentalism,” recently defined by Leah Thomas? Earlier this year...

Reaching Beyond the Usual Fish: Equity and Inclusion in Programs and Policies

 Ali Ong Lee   In the 1970s, while fishing with my father from a San Francisco pier, somebody handed me a pamphlet about environmental racism.  It...
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Kimberly Baker, Public Lands Advocate Wolf coalition launches challenge to nationwide wolf delisting On Friday, Nov. 6, EPIC and a coalition of Western wolf advocates filed...

Klamath Dam Removal: What’s Different This Time Around?

Mike Belchik, Senior Water Policy Analyst, Yurok Tribe On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 a press conference was held to herald a new agreement that moves...

Death, Victim-Blaming, Climate Chaos and Wetlands

Colin Fiske, Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities Over the last twelve months, at least four people have been killed while walking...
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Humboldt Bay King Tides Photo Initiative: Dec. 13-15 and Jan. 11-12

Jennifer Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper Director The highest tides of the year - known as King Tides - are coming on December 13-15 and January 11-12. Please join...

Creature Feature: Mushrooms, Creatures of the Forest Floor

Disclaimer: This is not an official foraging guide. Before harvesting or consuming anything found in nature please consult an expert or a well trusted...

Ethical Fungal Foraging

By Max Brotman What are the impacts of mushroom picking?  As with many ecological questions, the answer is… it depends. Fungal life cycles are diverse. To...

Nexus: Food Has the Power to Heal the Community and the Planet

<<<>>>NEXUS <<<>>> The intersection of human rights, the environment, social justice and the economy Tamara McFarland Food has the potential to nurture, heal, connect and empower us...

Kin to the Earth: Carol Vander Meer

Mike Cipra, Executive Director Friends of the Dunes Carol Vander Meer is many things: environmental educator, collaborator, organizer, fundraiser, facilitator, campaigner, trainer of naturalists, trails...

Eye On Washington: December 2020

Dan Sealy, NEC  Legislative Analyst (This Eye on Washington was written on November 8th and reflects the projected election results as of that date. Final...
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CNPS Happenings– December 2020

Stay Updated: CNPS welcomes anyone interested in native plants to join our events.  No expertise required. ................................................................. Evening Programs December 9, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  Three in...
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Zero Waste and COVID-19

Margaret Gainer, President, Zero Waste Humboldt Board of Directors This author is not a public health nor infectious disease control expert. She is a consultant-trainer...

Composting Mill Waste Wins Blue Ribbon for the Climate

GET ON BOARD FOR THE CLIMATE Martha Walden, Wendy Ring for 11th Hour Each year, Environmental Science and Management students at Humboldt State University tackle a local...

Short Bits of Interest and Positivity

Trump Administration Makes Moves to Raise Shasta Dam, Expand Reservoir The outgoing administration announced plans November 19 to expand the Shasta Dam, one of the...

Wildlife Crossword Puzzle

  December 2020 EcoNews Crossword Down 1. A relationship between two species of organisms in which both benefit from the association. 2. Species that eats only meat. 4. A...