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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

Udall Hosts Deputy Interior Secretary At Chaco Site

on June 29, 2015 - 5:14pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall hosts U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor on a tour today of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtesy/Udall

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, standing on rock, and Interior Deputy Secretary Mike Connor, in front, break out the binoculars during a tour today of Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Courtesy/Udall

STATE News:

  • Connor's visit is in response to Udall's request that an Interior official visit Chaco site

ALBUQUERQUE – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall thanked U.S.

WIPP: Bryson Named Acting Manager For CBFO

on June 29, 2015 - 5:10pm
New Acting Manager of DOE Carlsbad Field Office Dana Bryson
 
WIPP News:

Mark Whitney, Acting Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM), today named Dana Bryson the Acting Manager for the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO).

He is replacing Joe Franco, who recently returned to a position in DOE’s Richland Operations Office in Washington. Bryson has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and served as the CBFO Deputy Manager since December 2013. 

Previously, Bryson was the Director of the River Corridor Division for DOE’s

What’s Eating The Aspens?

on June 29, 2015 - 3:59pm

Aspens at Big Tesuque Campground defoliated by western tent caterpillars. Courtesy/SFNF

Western tent caterpillars on the Santa Fe National Forest. Courtesy/SFNF

SFNF News:

Visitors to the Santa Fe National Forest’s popular aspen groves along N.M. 475 (the road to the Santa Fe Ski Basin) are wondering what’s happening to the trees.

Although the aspens may appear to be dying, the bare branches can be blamed on hungry western tent caterpillars that are stuffing themselves on one of their favorite foods.

Legal Agreement Reached To Reduce Power Plant Pollution Damaging Southwest’s National Parks

on June 29, 2015 - 12:35pm
NPCA News:
 
WASHINGTON  The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and other clean air advocates, represented by Earthjustice, reached an agreement today with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owners of New Mexico’s Four Corners Power Plant to reduce the plant’s pollution and improve the health of surrounding communities and national parks.
 
“For far too long, the irresponsible management of Four Corners has denied the Navajo people the basic human right to clean, healthy air in our communities,” said Lori Goodman, board member of Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our

NMDOH: Tularemia Kills Cat In Los Alamos

on June 28, 2015 - 8:11am

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis). Courtesy/CDC

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

The New Mexico Department of Health reports there have been 20 cases of the severe infectious bacterial disease tularemia in animals since Jan. 1 in New Mexico.

Cases include two cats from Los Alamos County as well as dogs, cats and or rabbits in Taos County, Santa Fe County and Bernalillo County.

Confirmatory testing was conducted at the Department’s Scientific Laboratory Division, NMDOH officials said.

A White Rock resident residing near Pinon Elementary School reported finding two dead

Star Party At Los Alamos Nature Center June 30

on June 26, 2015 - 7:53am
Stargazing at the former PEEC facility. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The community is invited to a star party at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

First, visitors will start the evening off in the planetarium to get oriented. Next, everyone will head outside to observe the night sky through telescopes. The summer sky shows off the Milky Way, which is the galaxy seen edge-on from its center way out into its spiral arms.

During the program, Chick Keller will talk about what is known of the galaxy’s spiral shape and show where dust clouds obscure much of

PEEC Holds Downtown Bird Walk July 2

on June 25, 2015 - 12:19pm
Lesser Goldfinch. Photo by David Yeamans

PEEC News:

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of running errands we forget to stop and notice the natural world that surrounds us.

To give local residents a chance to pause and appreciate the birds that live in and around town, David Yeamans will lead a brown bag dinner and birdwatching evening. Follow Yeamans from Ashley Pond Park to the Rose Garden behind Fuller Lodge before continuing on to the soccer field and heading back to Ashley Pond Park for dinner.

Harrell House Bug Museum Visits Nature Center

on June 25, 2015 - 7:59am

 

Harrell House Bug Museum on a previous visit to PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC NEWS:

Summer Family Evenings returns with the Harrell House Bug Museum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

There will be an amazing selection of live critters on display including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Wade Harrell, founder of the Bug Museum, will be on hand to answer questions and share facts about these unusual animals.

Harrell has been keeping strange animals as pets since he was six years old.

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