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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

      
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universalfreepress.com

August 20, 2016

Officials of the Montana Fish and Wildlife Agency have closed over 180-miles of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways. The move came following a massive fish die-off that saw thousands of fish killed.

Fishing guides and rafting operators who run businesses along the river said the move could be catastrophic to the area's sizable outdoor industry, which depends heavily on the busy summer season. One official said the closure could last for months if river conditions don't improve and fish keep dying. The closure extends to hundreds of miles of waterways that feed into the Yellowstone, including the Boulder, Shields and Stillwater rivers.

gardenbetty.com

August 19, 2016

Since I started feeding my chickens a whole grain diet in December 2011 (when they were still pullets), they've been as happy and healthy as ever. All three ladies are in peak egg production: My Barred Rock lays 6 to 7 eggs per week.

I've been getting a lot of emails lately about one of my most popular posts, Garden Betty's Homemade Whole Grain Chicken Feed . Since I started feeding my chickens a whole grain diet in December 2011 (when they were still pullets), they've been as happy and healthy as ever. All three ladies are in peak egg production: My Barred Rock lays 6 to 7 eggs per week, my Easter Egger lays 5 to 6 eggs per week, and my Cochin lays 3 to 4 eggs per week. Their feathers are soft and glossy, their wings strong and quick, their combs and wattles meaty and well-formed. They are also the most active, affectionate and sociable chickens, behaving just like my dogs. I love their little personalities!

ksstradio.com

August 18, 2016

During this time of the year, the temperature changes create a challenge to fish populations living in ponds in our county. As a general rule, small ponds intensively managed for catfish are the most susceptible to die-off problems.

How do you determine the cause of a fish die-off? In most cases, asking the right questions will lead you to the cause or causes. A recent publication from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Wildlife Specialists enlists useful information needed to determine the cause of fish die off...

prepforshtf.com

by Getresponse

August 14, 2016

Some Preppers like to think or even fantasize about going it alone when the world collapses. They may envision a cabin hundreds of miles from civilization with enough provisions to sustain them for years.

Most people realize that other humans can be a threat during any crisis. However, not everyone will be a threat. Even today, in the absence of a crisis humans cause most of the problems in the world. While some people will be a threat, many more will be a burden because they failed to prepare. Then a smaller percentage will become saviors because of their knowledge, skills and their willingness to share what they know with others.

calaverasenterprise.com

by Sarah Lunsford

August 2, 2016

It's the season to beat the heat and head to the high country. With the allure of cool mountain streams and breezes, hikes through the high country, the taste of food that only comes from cooking it on a grill outdoors.

Taking the much-needed break that a trip to the campground offers does take a bit of planning, especially since camping requires everything to be packed in and out and the fact that you and your family won't have access to modern conveniences. But that's the point of a camping trip, right?

thefreethoughtproject.com

by Justin Gardner

August 1, 2016

The pursuit of knowledge and advancement of medical research are among the many victims of the War on Drugs. Just as marijuana prohibition is now being dismantled under the juggernaut of reason, so too will the prohibition of psychedelics.

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have explored the mystical experience provided by psychedelic substances, using mescaline, ayahuasca, and magic mushrooms for religious ceremony and healing purposes. In the 1940s, western medicine began realizing the potential for psychedelics to treat addiction and psychiatric disorders. Tens of thousands of people were treated effectively, and psychedelic drugs were on the fast track to becoming mainstream medicine. But the beast of oppression reared its ugly head.

capradio.org

by Rich Ibarra

July 28, 2016

Tuolumne County will start on the job of removing 9,000 dead and dying trees that threaten roads, water supplies, and infrastructure this month. The state will pick up most of the cost but there's no help for private homeowners.

Tree removal contractors in Tuolumne County are getting ready to cut and haul away timber that didn't survive the drought. Under an executive order from Governor Jerry Brown, the state will pay 75 percent of the $9 million cost of removal from public land.

atlasobscura.com

by Eric Grundhauser

July 26, 2016

Over 200 pounds of illegal mushrooms were seized from poachers by rangers in Crater Lake National Park over the Fourth of July weekend, according to the Oregonian. But it's not the mushrooms themselves that are illegal, just the way they were harvested.

Fox News

by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

July 25, 2016

Farmers in Nebraska, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York are staging something of a mechanical revolt. They're attempting to get legislation passed in their states that would enable them.

At the root of the morass is the software that helps run modern tractors and their sensors, diagnostic tools, and other high-tech elements. If farmers so much as open the metaphorical hood to check out the computers they could be violating the federal act, reports Modern Farmer.

uniondemocrat.com

by Guy McCarthy

July 20, 2016

Caltrans contract worker José Bobadilla stood on unshaded asphalt Tuesday afternoon in heat warmer than 90 degrees southeast of Chinese Camp to stop motorists headed farther east up to Groveland and Yosemite.

One-way traffic controls went into effect Tuesday for the $20.8 million project to upgrade James E. Roberts Memorial Bridge on State Route 120 in Tuolumne County, and the traffic controls are expected to remain in place for the duration of the project. Completion is hoped for by Thanksgiving 2017, according to the state Department of Transportation.

      
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