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Wind turbines on public lands. Photo by Nic Callero.

Montana supports Public Lands and Renewable Energy

5/7/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hayley Connolly-Newman This week, Senator John Walsh signed on as co-sponsor of the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (S. 279). This demonstrates several things to Montanans. First, Sen. Walsh supports smart development of renewable energy in […] Read more >

Scale model Lyncrest Elementary. Photo by Ben Pranger.

The Art of Sustainability

4/9/2014 // By Guest Author

I imagine that I sat at a desk for most of my grade school education though I can’t say I recall much of those lessons.  I can however recall the times that we went outside or got to create something […] Read more >

Wind turbines in Montana. Flickr photo by Mark Stevens.

Can Congress Renew Hope for Renewable Energy Development?

4/2/2014 // By Guest Author

As the second session of the 113th Congress develops, it is my great hope that Congress can leave its abysmal bill passage record in the past. In 2013, Congress signed just 57 bills into law, the lowest count in history. Much […] Read more >

Tim (center) with students showing support for divestment by getting 350 signatures of students who support removing all endowment money from fossil fuels to be given to the president of the university.

Organizing for Clean Energy on the Prairie

3/30/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by Timothy Sheehan The growth of renewable energy is the foundation of the fight against global climate change. In Minnesota, through renewable energy standards and healthy living initiatives, we are leading the nation in a push for progressive […] Read more >

Sweet Success: Bronx Guild High School’s Urban Farm

3/21/2014 // By Guest Author

By Amy Sirot At Bronx Guild High School, a small inner-city Eco-School with an extremely diverse minority population of 325, students are raising chickens, cultivating honeybees, growing organic produce and improving green space for use as carbon sequestration zones.  The […] Read more >

A may fly. Photo by Dave Funk, courtesy Stroud Research Center.

Bugs Are Beautiful (Really!)

3/20/2014 // By Guest Author

By Beverly Payton  Chances are that if you were asked to name some animals that make up the wonderful diversity of wildlife in and around our streams and rivers, you probably mention fish, frogs, turtles and, maybe, some aquatic mammals, […] Read more >

Hellbender salamander photo by Flickr user KErry Wixted.

The Hellbender Salamander – Our Most Bizarre National Treasure

3/18/2014 // By Guest Author

The hellbender is an animal of contradictions. It has lungs, but is not an air breather. Young hellbenders are fish food, but adults swallow fish whole. Sometimes hellbenders eat other hellbenders. During the breeding season, a single male vigilantly guards […] Read more >

Blue-spotted salamander photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Patrick Anderson.

Big Night: Teaching Kids About Vernal Pools

3/12/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Heather Stephenson. In late March or early April, a warm rain will fall and spotted salamanders will emerge from underground in the evening to return to vernal pools to breed. This phenomenon is known as “Big Night,” […] Read more >

Adult female Rusty Blackbird

The Rusty Blackbird: 9 Things You Need to Know to Help Them

3/6/2014 // By Guest Author

1. The Rusty Blackbird is one of North America’s most rapidly declining migratory birds. Once abundant, populations have declined an estimated 85-95% in the past 40 years.  2. Scientists aren’t sure why the bird is in chronic decline. Although several […] Read more >

Ball State University Geothermal Heat Pump System. Photo Credit: BSU Photo Services

Ball State University to Host Its Second Geothermal Conference

2/26/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by Robert J. Koester, Ball State University On April 10, Ball State University will host a second gathering of academic and facilities personnel interested in knowing more about the design, installation and operations of district-scale geothermal heat pump […] Read more >