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Global Synthesis Of Large Wildland Fires Shows Ecological Benefit

on July 6, 2015 - 10:17am
Natural fire mosaic, southwest Oregon, 10 years post-fire. Courtesy/Geos Institute
 
SCIENCE News:
 
ASHLAND, Ore.  Twenty-five leading fire scientists from around the world released a new synthesis "The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix" published by Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. 
 
For the first time extensive documentation from around the world reveals that forests and other plant communities need a variety of different types of fires, including severe ones, to rejuvenate over

Governor Announces KAFB Jet Fuel Spill Treatment

on July 6, 2015 - 9:52am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Wednesday July 1, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that the U.S. Air Force is now pumping and treating water from a jet fuel leak first detected at Kirtland Air Force Base in 1999.
 
While previous administrations failed to hold the Air Force accountable, Gov. Martinez’s administration has worked closely with the Air Force to facilitate the clean-up.
 
“Protecting our precious water supply is non-negotiable,” Martinez said.

Amateur Naturalist: Looking And Caring For Ospreys

on July 6, 2015 - 9:01am

An osprey parent flying from its nest. Photo by Robert Dryja

 

By ROBERT DRYJA
Los Alamos

We are fortunate in that Fenton Lake is not too distant from Los Alamos. It is the home of a nesting pair of Ospreys. Ospreys have been reported there regularly since 1989.

Ospreys are a fish eating species of eagle and Fenton Lake provides one source of fish. The nearby Seven Springs Fish Hatchery had been a second source. The fish hatchery has long narrow breeding tanks where trout are raised. An osprey simply had to swoop along the length of a tank to pick up a trout.

NMED Terminates Compliance Order For Chupadero

on July 6, 2015 - 6:50am
NMED News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announces it is terminating the Administrative Order issued to Chupadero Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (MDWCA) for violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
 
Chupadero MDWCA is a Community Public Water System in Santa Fe County serving a population of 160 residents.
 
The NMED Drinking Water Bureau issued Administrative Order No.

PEEC Summer Family Evening Is All About Goats

on July 5, 2015 - 12:25pm
Goats like this one will visit the Nature Center Wednesday, July 8. Courtesy/PEEC
 

PEEC News:

What is it like to raise goats on a small scale farm? What uses are there for goat milk?

At this week’s Summer Family Evening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at the Nature Center, Jessie Ross of Gypsy Mountain Ranch and Deb Wood of Second Bloom Farm will be around to answer these questions. 

Learn how to make cheese, lotion, soap, and more. Even better, the presenters will bring some of their goats – both big and small – to demonstrate the different breeds that thrive on the Pajarito Plateau.

NASA Grant To Help Control Mosquitoes

on July 4, 2015 - 7:35am
NASA News:
 
BROOKINGS, S.D.   When it comes to fighting West Nile virus, it’s all about timing.
 
Through a three-year NASA grant, two South Dakota State University researchers will help mosquito control officials use mosquito surveillance and environmental data to target West Nile virus.
 
People notice the nuisance mosquitoes that come out early in the season, but the Culex tarsalis mosquito, which carries West Nile, is active later in the season and later in the evening, explained SDSU biology professor Michael Hildreth.
 
Since 2003, he has helped the South Dakota Department of Health with

Laser Light Shows Coming To Nature Center

on July 4, 2015 - 7:04am

‘Laser Beatles’ is one of 12 laser light shows offered at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC will host 12 laser light shows in its new planetarium during July.

Thursday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 15, there will be at least two laser light shows daily. Experience a feast for the senses in these dazzling and captivating laser light programs. Classic music fans will see how laser light transforms favorite bands, with separate shows dedicated to the music of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin,  U2, Pink Floyd: “Dark Side of the Moon” and Pink Floyd: “The Best of Echoes.”

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Take A Virtual Wildflower Walk Tuesday

on July 3, 2015 - 10:48am
An example of the specimens on display at the Jemez Mountain Herbarium. Photo by Chick Keller

PEEC News:

Spring and summer are wonderful times to enjoy the abundant wildflowers.

Sometimes however, the weather does not cooperate, or a wildflower blooms at a time or location that is not convenient for viewing. But this shouldn’t stop local residents from knowing local wildflowers!

The Jemez Mountain Herbarium houses 950 species of local plants.

Nature on Tap at UnQuarked Tonight

on July 2, 2015 - 4:23pm

CREATIVE DISTRICT News:

Nature On Tap is 5:30 p.m. today at UnQuarked Wine Room, at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

The speaker is Jessica Clayton, who will be discussing the science and beauty of the aurora borealis. Nature performs beautiful light shows that dance across the sky. The group will hear about the science behind this mysterious phenomenon, known as the aurora borealis. The group will discuss what causes aurora to display such striking colors and why we need scientists to study them.

Clayton is a physicist and educator. She earned a Ph.D.

Macaw Skeletons Signal Hierarchy At Chaco

on June 30, 2015 - 9:46am

This skull of a scarlet macaw (Ara macao) was excavated from Pueblo Bonito in New Mexico by researchers from the American Museum of Natural History in 1897. Courtesy/@AMNH/D.Finnin

 

SCIENCE News:

New work on the skeletal remains of scarlet macaws found in an ancient Pueblo settlement indicates that social and political hierarchies may have emerged in the American Southwest earlier than previously thought.

Researchers determined that the macaws, whose brilliant red and blue feathers are highly prized in Pueblo culture, were persistently traded hundreds of miles north from Mesoamerica starting in

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