turles in pond
Environment

Reptiles need urgent action to survive

Caption: Almost two-thirds of all turtle species known to science are either endangered or recently extinct. Credit: Roddy Scheer Dear EarthTalk: How are reptiles faring these days in the face of climate change and other environmental threats? — L.M. Smith, Boston, MA Reptiles, like other animals and plants, face growing threats as human influence on […]

Pansies in pot
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Enjoy pansies this Northwest fall

Caption: Scoop out the inside of a pumpkin, add some drainage holes, and plant some pansies for a festive fall planter. Photo credit:  photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Pansies have long been a fall and winter garden favorite. These cheery flowers are sure to brighten landscapes and containers and add a smile to […]

climate change effects
Environment Technology

Clean energy spurs economic benefits

Caption: While climate change might benefit the economy overall, we would rather not have to deal with it at all. Credit: Pexels.com Dear EarthTalk: Is climate change actually good for the economy, given all the clean-up/restoration jobs severe weather is creating and the employment surges in green energy?– P.B., New Haven, CT Strangely enough, climate […]

Pounding flowers
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Create your flower work of art

Caption: Create art and preserve a bit of the garden with flower pounding. Photo credit: photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda MyersPreserve a few memories of this summer’s garden or create gifts to share with family and friends. Pounding flowers onto fabric or paper is a fun and easy way to preserve the beauty of […]

Skinner Butte
Attractions Oregon

Picturesque Skinner Butte Trail

Caption: Skinner Butte. This easy one mile (0.6 km) forested trail provides a picturesque view of the Willamette River, Spencer Butte (the surrounding valley’s highest peak) and downtown Eugene. There is also a large University of Oregon “O” that is used as a photo opportunity by students and visiting families. There is a parking lot […]

sea lions on Oregon coast
Attractions Oregon

Sea lions rule here

A cavernous sea cave adopted by a herd of Steller sea lions, some years numbering as many as 200. Take an elevator ride 200 feet (61 m) down into the cave as tall as a 12-story building and as wide as a football field. During the fall and winter barking sea lions lounge around inside […]

Dog chasing ball
Environment

Pet poop pollution upsets nature

Caption: Your pet’s poo and pee might be polluting the local environment more than what’s coming out of tailpipes and smokestacks. Credit: Alotrobo, Pexels.com. Dear EarthTalk: Does all the pet waste American dogs and cats leave behind outside have an effect (positively or negatively) on the environment?— Mary C., Seattle, WA Dog and cat waste […]

Seeds on tree
Environment

Seed scarcity linked to climate change

Caption: Tree seed shortages compounded by decades of drought and recent extreme wildfire seasons mean the future of our forests could be in jeopardy. Credit: Yamanaka Tamaki, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that a tree seed shortage is jeopardizing reforestation efforts across the American West following so many bad wildfire seasons in a row? […]

bird nest in tree
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

Create a bird-friendly Northwest garden

Photo cutline:  Evergreens, like this yew, provide year-round appeal and shelter for birds. Photo credit: photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com by Melinda Myers Temperature extremes, drought and storms take a toll on our landscapes. Sometimes a bit of pruning, proper care and patience is all that is needed to help plants recover. Other times, plants need […]

sea to sky map
Featured Northwest Lifestyles Outdoor Activities

RV road trip on BC’s Sea to Sky Highway

By Dave Helgeson Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. For information, go to https://northwestrving.com/. Are you one of many of the readers located in the Puget Sound Region? Are you longing for an RV road trip somewhere […]