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Earth Notes: The Audubon National Parks Bird Report

May 16, 2018
Camilla Cerea/Audubon

The azure western bluebird and noisy red-breasted nuthatch are among the most common and beloved birds on the Colorado Plateau. But, will they and others still live here as the Southwest’s climate warms and dries? Our national parks may be a deciding factor.


Michael Friberg/ProPublica

A new draft piece of Republican legislation in Congress is designed to keep the Navajo Generating Station open. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would exempt the coal-fired plant from federal environmental regulations.


National Park Service/S. Sparhawk

The standards for teaching Science, and History, to Arizona schoolkids are undergoing their first revisions in more than a decade. A committee of 100 educators, parents and community members hammered out the Science document in a year-long process. But the Department of Education made unexpected last-minute changes, shifting from big ideas to vocabulary words and watering down the concept of evolution. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, some experts are alarmed.

USDA/Kari Greer

Federal officials predict this will be an especially dangerous year for wildfires in the West. A new report highlights fire weather conditions in a dozen states. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Poetry Friday: Dog Days

May 11, 2018
Donna Meyer

Back by popular demand, it’s Poetry Friday, now a regular segment on KNAU. Today we hear from two listeners on the theme of dogs.


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