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Looking for a new way to connect with your neighbors, get free life advice, and spark your creative juices? Consider hosting an art night at your house, complete with paints, modeling clay, colored pencils and art smocks. Get messy, be creative, and let the conversation flow. For inspiration and resources, check out this article.
Recent Blog Posts
September 22, 2014
Just last week, a number of news outlets carried stories about toothpastes that contain tiny pieces of plastic, called polyethylene microbeads. These microbeads are found in a wide variety of toothpastes, including some of the very popular brand Crest. Dentists and dental hygienists began seeing more and more patients with tiny bits of plastic embedded in their gums, since the beads don’t break down or degrade in any way. Happily, some brands, including Crest, have pledged to phase out the polyethylene beads.
September 8, 2014
Recently, a petition was sent to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), asking that the monarch butterfly be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As a scientist studying monarch conservation, I followed the news surrounding this petition closely. I was concerned by how much confusion, misconception, and incorrect information emerged in discussions about the petition. Unfortunately, this was also the case recently when the gray wolf was considered for delisting. Since the ESA is the most powerful piece of environmental law in our country, I thought I would take a chance to provide a brief explanation of the act and the process of listing a species under the act.
The purpose of the ESA is to protect threatened and endangered species and to conserve the ecosystems and habitat that support them. Endangered species are ones that are in danger of becoming extinct across all or a significant portion of their range. Threatened species are ones that are in danger of becoming endangered soon.
August 25, 2014
As the summer draws to an end, many here in Minnesota will be making a trip to the State Fair, and many others will have already attended a county fair. County and state fairs offer a wide variety of food, games, and entertainment, but they’re also a wonderful learning environment. They provide visitors with the chance to meet new people, explore exhibits, and get information on a whole host of topics. Whether you’re at the State Fair, a local fair, or even visiting a fair out of state, keep your eyes open for some of these great opportunities: