Earth Notes http://knau.org en Earth Notes: The Slide Fire’s New Old Cabin http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-slide-fire-s-new-old-cabin <p>When intense wildfires burn through well-loved places like Oak Creek Canyon, the sense of loss is deep. But, sometimes wildfires offer gifts in the midst of destruction.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:01:24 +0000 Elizabeth Blaker 50294 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: The Slide Fire’s New Old Cabin Earth Notes: The Slide Fire’s Mosaic of Impacts http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-slide-fire-s-mosaic-impacts <p>In late May of this year, wildfire swept through upper Oak Creek Canyon in northern Arizona. By the time firefighters contained it in early June, the Slide Fire had burned some 22,000 acres of chaparral, mixed conifers, and ponderosa pine forest.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:07:50 +0000 Alexandra Murphy 49666 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: The Slide Fire’s Mosaic of Impacts Earth Notes: Helping Mexican Wolves Get a Good Start http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-helping-mexican-wolves-get-good-start <p>Foster parents help a lot of kids from difficult backgrounds in getting a better start in life. Now they’re also helping a rare species that’s been struggling to gain a foothold in the Southwestern wilds.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:20:04 +0000 Peter Frederici 49296 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Helping Mexican Wolves Get a Good Start Earth Notes: Watering Fields with the Sun http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-watering-fields-sun <p>The Verde Valley, watered by the Verde River, is named for the ultra-green cast it gives to central Arizona’s desert.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:43:43 +0000 Rose Houk 48960 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Watering Fields with the Sun Earth Notes: Shelter Dogs and Salamanders http://knau.org/post/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 http://knau.org Earth Notes: Shelter Dogs and Salamanders Earth Notes: Solar Panels: To Buy or To Lease? http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-solar-panels-buy-or-lease <p>In the sunny Southwest, installing solar panels to produce electricity makes a lot of sense. But should homeowners buy their own, or lease rooftop panels instead?</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:35:16 +0000 Cecile LeBlanc 47366 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Solar Panels: To Buy or To Lease? Earth Notes: Greenstripping the West’s Grasslands http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-greenstripping-west-s-grasslands <p>Today, the West’s amber waves of grass are more often than not a species land managers cringe to see. Cheatgrass, a Eurasian species that most likely arrived on ships a century ago, now runs across millions of acres of the Intermountain West and Colorado Plateau.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:17:51 +0000 Rose Houk 46455 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Greenstripping the West’s Grasslands Earth Notes: Earthworms and Climate Change http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-earthworms-and-climate-change <p>Earthworms are friends to gardeners, recycling plant debris into plant nutrients. But, do they contribute to the climate-change problem?</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:50:48 +0000 Elizabeth Blaker 45773 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Earthworms and Climate Change Earth Notes: Removing That Pesky Bluegrass http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-removing-pesky-bluegrass <p>Many visitors to Grand Canyon like to have a picnic when they visit the national park. And they’re not alone. The trouble is that their fellow South Rim diners have often been big, and hungry, elk.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Rose Houk 45464 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Removing That Pesky Bluegrass Earth Notes: Using Social Media to Manage the Outdoors http://knau.org/post/earth-notes-using-social-media-manage-outdoors <p>The managers of nature-oriented parks, including many on the Colorado Plateau, don’t always know how many visitors to expect, or when peak visiting times will come. But, technology may be changing that. It turns out that vacation photos posted by tourists on the Internet may be able to improve managers’ understanding of how people use and enjoy parks.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:53:29 +0000 Richard Mahler 45136 at http://knau.org Earth Notes: Using Social Media to Manage the Outdoors