Richard Mahler

Earth Notes
3:39 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Earth Notes: Shelter Dogs and Salamanders

Rescue dogs search for salamanders in the Jémez Mountains of New Mexico.

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.

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Earth Notes
4:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Earth Notes: Wilderness Inholdings

El Malpais National Monument.
University of New Mexico

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.

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Earth Notes
4:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Earth Notes: In Santa Fe, Creative Conservation Begins at School

In the future today’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.

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Earth Notes
4:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Earth Notes: New Mexico’s Lightning Field

For over three decades, a gleaming grid of 400 stainless steel poles has drawn art-world visitors to a place more accustomed to pronghorn and occasional wandering cattle—the high, lonesome desert of western New Mexico’s Catron County.

Commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation 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—and to people’s relationship to it.

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Earth Notes
4:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Earth Notes: Pueblo Riparian Alliance

For centuries, New Mexico’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?

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.

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Earth Notes
12:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Earth Notes: In Albuquerque, a New Refuge

Price's Dairy, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Don Usner/The Trust for Public Land

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’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.

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Earth Notes
12:00 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Earth Notes: Honoring the Sun I: Solar Panels’ Side Benefit

Rooftop Shading

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.

It’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.

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