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Cell Phones to the Rescue


by Scott Maxham
Agriculture drastically changes the look of Indonesia.

In today’s rapidly evolving society, you can find a cell phone in almost everyone’s pocket. Working at a toy store, I find it amazing how much people are glued to their devices. Even more amazing is that their children are borrowing their phones, and more common than not, they have their own phone to play with. When I was their age, I could only dream of such technology by pretending my folded-up juice box was a phone. So with everyone and... (Read More)




Bald Eagles, From Sea to Shining … Lake


by Susan Laszewski
Bald eagle

I was delighted to read in the USDA blog this month about “Bald Eagles Making a Comeback.”

Anne Poopatanapong, district wildlife biologist for the San Jacinto Ranger District, writes that the pair of bald eagles she has been monitoring for 13 years in California’s Lake Hemet is doing well and has been fruitful. Since 2007, she and volunteer eagle enthusiasts have observed fledgling eagles every year.

It came as no surpr... (Read More)




Fire Season Off to Hot Start


by Scott Maxham
The 2008 Freeway Complex Fire in Riverside County, Calif.

On the West Coast, the forest fire season has started early this year due to a dry winter and spring. Areas of California that usually receive more than 10 inches of rain by early summer have only gotten about two inches so far. This has led Cal Fire to report that fire activity is up this year by 45 percent.

The threats of forest fire are not just domestic this year. Researchers from NASA have predicted that the Amazon will experie... (Read More)




Third Time’s Another Charm


by Susan Laszewski
Samarskaya Luka

Now, entering the third year, we’re excited both to continue our work in communities where the partnership has planted before and to work with new communities to reach more people with the benefits of trees.


We’ll be returning for the third year to places like Samara, Russia, and Whatcom County, Wash. In Samara, where we worked last year to turn a garbage site into a park, in its third year, the partnership is restoring p... (Read More)




A Wild, Wild World


by Loose Leaf Team
Threatened Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolus)

By Michelle Werts

150 million acres of protected land & water

1,000 species of fish

700 species of birds

250 species of reptiles and amphibians

220 species of mammals

This is the National Wildlife Refuge System, administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), by the numbers. A... (Read More)


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