Earth Notes

Wednesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Saturdays during Weekend Edition
  • Hosted by Gillian Ferris

The Colorado Plateau is one of North America’s human and environmental treasures. Ancient cultures have called this land of sun-baked deserts and lush mountain landscapes home for centuries. Earth Notes, KNAU’s weekly environmental series, explores the Plateau by telling stories of the intricate relationships between environmental issues and our daily lives.

Rooted in science and wrapped in human interest, the two minute long segments encourage listeners to think of themselves as part of the solution to environmental problems. Upbeat and informative, the program tries to foster hope and dampen despair about the environment, and motivate listeners to become more conscious and informed stewards of the Colorado Plateau.

J.N. Stuart

After sunset, the eerie choruses of coyotes are among the most iconic sounds of the American West.


Earth Notes: The Agile Ground Mantis

Nov 29, 2017
J. Maughn, CC

Most people probably recognize a praying mantis. This two-inch-long green and brown insect is seen along streams or in our gardens where it eats pests.


Earth Notes: Botanist Charles Parry

Nov 22, 2017
Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives

Botanist Charles Parry arrived at the Virgin River in southern Utah in the spring of 1874, eager to discover a trove of unusual plants. His timing was good—he was enthralled by the blossoming of the Virgin Valley that year.


Earth Notes: Scutellosaurus

Nov 15, 2017
Margaret Colbert, TCU Press

During the early days of the Jurassic Period, about 200 million years ago, a small dinosaur named Scutellosaurus lawleri roamed the floodplains and forests of what would much later become the Colorado Plateau. 


Diane Hope

For centuries, Walnut Creek was home to Hualapai Indians, who lived there when Lieutenant Amiel Whipple and his military expedition passed through in 1853.

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