Losing US Public Lands

public lands

The year 2017 was not overly kind to our public lands in the United States. Due to plans put into action by the Trump administration and its Republican Congress, our public lands are slowly getting smaller and more costly to visit. Below, Ranger Mac will take a closer look at the actions taken in 2017…

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What is Phenology and Why is it Important?

what is phenology

For most of us, phenology is not a common household word, and you may be wondering what it means. Phenology is the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate, plant, and animal life. It comes from the Greek word meaning “to appear,” and often includes the study of when species…

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What is Citizen Based Science?

citizen based science

Citizen based science. What is it, and why is it becoming more important? Wikipedia defines citizen science as, “scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists.” Citizen science is described as “public participation in scientific research,” including both monitoring and research. This is also known as public participation in scientific research,…

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Backpacking Basics

backpacking basics

If you’re looking for more adventure than just the local trails around your home and want to venture on more than just a short hike, you should look into what backpacking has to offer. Moving from the short trails to the longer treks is a challenge but also allows you to see so much more…

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Christmas Bird Count 2017

christmas bird count

Have you ever stopped to watch the birds outside your windows? Did you know that there are over 900 bird species in North America? With so many species of birds throughout the country, do you ever wonder how we log and keep track of each and every type? One method is the annual Christmas Bird Count.…

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How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

hiking boots

If you’ve just started to discover a love for hiking, you should know that the shoes you put on your feet are very important. Choosing the right fit and style of hiking boots for you is a sort of matchmaking experience. As you look for your dream boots, they need to be in sync with…

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How to Find Hiking Trails Near Me

hiking trails near me

Most of us sit at a desk in front of a computer screen for most of our days, and there comes a time when we all need to unplug and get our heart racing. Whether it’s near your home or close by on a weekend getaway, taking a hike on a local trail can be…

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The Importance of Energy Conservation

energy conservation

Energy conservation has been on people’s minds for decades, but it becomes more important every year. The technologies available are changing every year and it’s hard to keep up. Below, Ranger Mac will go over the basics of energy conservation and what you can do to help. Energy Conservation Basics There are many methods for…

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The Importance of Water Conservation

water conservation

The population in the United States has doubled over the past 50 years. This may not seem like a big deal as you look around your neighborhood, but it is a big deal when it comes to water conservation. There are at least 40 states that are anticipating a water shortage by 2024. There is…

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The Importance of Soil Conservation

soil conservation

What is soil conservation, and what does it mean for us? Soil conservation includes a handful of techniques that are aimed at preserving the soil. Plants can’t live in just any old dirt, and many factors affect how well they can grow in an area. Any soil loss or loss of its fertility can be…

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