Richard Mahler en Earth Notes: Shelter Dogs and Salamanders <p>An unusual team of four-legged researchers is hard at work in the Jémez Mountains of New Mexico. They love to run, chase balls — and sniff out a rare salamander found nowhere else.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:39:15 +0000 Richard Mahler 48662 at Earth Notes: Shelter Dogs and Salamanders Earth Notes: Wilderness Inholdings <p>Wilderness areas represent the highest degree of protection the federal government grants to public lands. They’re managed for values of solitude, scenery, and natural habitat. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Mahler 20470 at Earth Notes: Wilderness Inholdings Earth Notes: In Santa Fe, Creative Conservation Begins at School <p>In the future today&rsquo;s young people are going to be making important decisions about a host of environmental challenges faced by the southwestern states, from climate change and wildfires to habitat loss and pollution. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Mahler 18274 at Earth Notes: New Mexico’s Lightning Field <p>For over three decades, <a href="">a gleaming grid of 400 stainless steel poles </a>has drawn art-world visitors to a place more accustomed to pronghorn and occasional wandering cattle&mdash;the high, lonesome desert of western New Mexico&rsquo;s Catron County.</p><p>Commissioned by the <a href="">Dia Art Foundation </a>of New York, the Lightning Field is the creation of sculptor Walter de Maria, who in the 1970s designed this Earth Art sculpture as an homage to place&mdash;and to people&rsquo;s relationship to it.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Mahler 16740 at Earth Notes: Pueblo Riparian Alliance <p>For centuries, New Mexico&rsquo;s Pueblo peoples have relied on the plants and animals of the Río Grande to sustain their lifestyles and traditions. But in recent times the river has been impacted by development, diversion, and flood control. That can make it difficult to maintain some key cultural practices. What is the purpose of a deer dance, for example, if there are no deer?</p><p>Not content to sit idly by, three pueblos near Española, in northern New Mexico, have formed an unprecedented alliance to mitigate damage along a dozen miles of river corridor.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Richard Mahler 14639 at Earth Notes: In Albuquerque, a New Refuge <p>Fewer than five percent of the more than 550 U.S. wildlife refuges are located in urban areas. In New Mexico, another is joining the list as the former Price&rsquo;s Dairy near downtown Albuquerque is slated to become the Middle Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge. At almost 600 acres and only five miles from downtown, it is the largest farm left in a metropolitan area now home to nearly one million people.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:00:00 +0000 Richard Mahler 8233 at Earth Notes: In Albuquerque, a New Refuge Earth Notes: Honoring the Sun I: Solar Panels’ Side Benefit <p>This month, as nights grow long, Earth Notes pays homage to the sun and to some of the lesser-known ways it can fuel our lives.</p><p>It&rsquo;s well known that photovoltaic solar panels produce clean, renewable energy. But a new study suggests that they can have an unintended consequence: in some climates, panels mounted on roofs may help keep interiors cool in summer and warm in winter.</p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 07:00:00 +0000 Richard Mahler 8818 at Earth Notes: Honoring the Sun I: Solar Panels’ Side Benefit