Earth Notes

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.

Earth Notes: Southwestern River Otters

Jul 18, 2018
Dan Williams/New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

For millennia, southwestern rivers have harbored an array of native creatures—including a unique subspecies of river otter. These sleek mammals once frolicked in streams and beaver ponds, using impressive swimming skills to hunt fish, frogs, turtles, and occasionally even birds.


Southwest Wine Center

Students at Yavapai College’s Verde Valley campus have a very different kind of college experience. They’re learning how to grow grapes and make wine in the Southwest Wine Center’s Viticulture and Enology Program.


Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium

Summers like this one, the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico is a river without water. When it dries up, tiny fish become trapped in shrinking pools. But rescue missions are underway.  


Tom Bean

The big skies of the Colorado Plateau show off extraordinary clouds, inspiring devotees and photographers across the region.

NPS

Cultures all over the world have marked the passage of the seasons in many ways. In the Southwest, the solstices and equinoxes have often been tracked by watching the sun on the horizon, on particular landmarks, or on the faces of rock.

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