Nebraska egg producer inspired to do even more for disabled

Green (Living) Review

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at a White House event honoring “Champions of Change” last week, stuck out to Dan Hromas of York, Nebraska. Far too many people focus on the first three letters of “disability,” rather than the last seven. That message, delivered by U.S. Hromas, a 37-year-old disabled military veteran, runs an egg-laying operation, Prairie Pride Poultry. He was one of 10 honorees at the Oct.

Looking for Sandhill Cranes in Kearney, Nebraska? Pull Over!

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The massive flocks of Sandhill Cranes that stop over in Nebraska on their way north are becoming a bigger and bigger tourist attraction. In those situations, Nebraska State Patrol Capt. Tourists are so attracted to the cranes that the roads can actually become dangerous : The biggest worry for area residents and police are bird watchers who may pay too much attention to birds and not enough to driving safely.

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After Nebraska Setback, Greens Regroup on Keystone XL | Mother.

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After Nebraska Setback, Greens Regroup on Keystone XL. 25, 2013 3:11 AM PST Tweet Duffernutter /Flickr Environmentalists waging an ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline were dealt a major setback this week when Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed off on the pipe's route through his state. " Nebraska DEQ; Tim McDonnell. She still has one ace in that hole: a lawsuit in Nebraska Supreme Court brought by a trio of landowners against Gov.

Nebraska, Texas, Lead the U.S. in Animal Slaughter

Eccorazzi

That’s Read More The post Nebraska, Texas, Lead the U.S. If you’re an animal that is so often sought out as a meal, you’re going to want to avoid the Midwest. And the southeast. Well, really all of America. in Animal Slaughter appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News

Picture of the Day

Environmental Economics

Photo Credit: Me (in Omaha, Nebraska--more details later

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A Bird’s Eye View of the Rainwater Basin

10,000 Birds

Dozens of WPAs are located in the Rainwater Basin , a region south of the Platte River in south-central Nebraska, at the narrowest point of the Central Flyway. Located near Holdrege, Nebraska, it is known for spring migration and occasional Whooping Cranes. Because of the agricultural value of land in the Great Plains, many WPAs (and areas protected by the state of Nebraska) are islands of wetland habitat surrounded by oceans of cropland.

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A Bird’s Eye View of the Rainwater Basin

10,000 Birds

Dozens of WPAs are located in the Rainwater Basin , a region south of the Platte River in south-central Nebraska, at the narrowest point of the Central Flyway. Located near Holdrege, Nebraska, it is known for spring migration and occasional Whooping Cranes. Because of the agricultural value of land in the Great Plains, many WPAs (and areas protected by the state of Nebraska) are islands of wetland habitat surrounded by oceans of cropland.

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Nebraska Solar Tour Aims to Steer Energy Priorities Toward a Cleaner Future

Sierra Club Compass

Faced with a future of clean-energy investment or more-of-the-same coal burning from their utility, about 60 people from Nebraska''s capital participated in a "solar tour" this past weekend. The rest of the tour included stops at the University of Nebraska East Campus, Hyde Memorial Observatory, and a Lincoln police building. Increasing local clean energy can help LES reduce dependence on outdated coal plants across the state of Nebraska.

Bison Good, Cattle Bad? A Prairie Ecologist’s Perspective

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bison at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve in Nebraska. Grasslands bison cattle Chris Helzer grassland conservation mammals Nebraska prairie prairie ecology ranching ranchlands These particular magical animals are at The Nature Conservancy’s Broken Kettle Grasslands in northwest Iowa. Photo: Chris Helzer/TNC. By Chris Helzer , prairie ecologist.

Does Snow Burn?

Conservancy Talk

Our goal was to train 65 fire workers and students from five western universities to safely use fire to restore several thousand acres of forests and grassland along Nebraska’s Niobrara River. The area we intended to burn was along the Niobrara River just east of Valentine, Nebraska, near the Conservancy’s own Niobrara Valley Preserve. Jeremy Bailey is the Fire Learning Network Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy. It started with snow and ended with snow.

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Cookbook Superstar Isa Moskowitz Opens Vegan Restaurant in Omaha

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One of the biggest names in vegan cooking, Isa Moskowitz is bringing her delicious talent to Omaha, Nebraska, in the form of Modern Love restaurant. Read More The post Cookbook Superstar Isa Moskowitz Opens Vegan Restaurant in Omaha appeared first on Ecorazzi. Eats News Top News Vegan isa moskowitz

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Where is the congressional outcry over price suppression (or whatever the opposite of price gouging is)?

Environmental Economics

Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. Data from price tracker GasBuddy.com shows that three states -- Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio -- have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 a gallon. Cheap gas is most frequently found at stations in Oklahoma, which was the first state to break the $2 a gallon mark on Dec.

Play Ball! An iPhone photo essay

Environmental Economics

  Well, I had the privilege (used loosely) of taking the Official Only Son of Env-Econ (OOSEE), and his baseball tea--the Crush Baseball Club--to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in a 12 and under baseball tournament centered around the NCAA College World Series.    Over three days, the team played 5 games.against teams from California (loss 10-1), Florida (loss 5-3), Wisconsin (win 13-3), Texas (win 8-0) and Nebraska (win 15-0). 

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North Omaha Residents Win Major Clean Air and Climate Victory

Sierra Club Compass

In North Omaha, Nebraska, local residents just won a powerful, inspiring victory to move their utility beyond coal. The culmination came at a May 15 OPPD meeting, which was packed by members of the League of Women Voters, Black Men United , Malcolm X Foundation , Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light , Omaha Together One Community, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Nebraska Farmers Union, and the Sierra Club, along with many other community leaders. "Around

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When extortion is your only option

Environmental Economics

We feel like this is our only option,” said Representative Lee Terry, a Nebraska Republican who is one of the leading pipeline supporters. 

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Keystone XL -Decimating the Heartland

Celsias

From North Dakota and South Dakota, the wheat-growing center of the continent, down through Nebraska and Kansas (more wheat, soybeans and corn) – with a jog from the Nebraska-Kansas border through Missouri corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, and all along the Missouri River – and into Illinois, just in case they missed any good cropland. Keystone XL, Decimating the Heartland.

Aspen is third U.S. city to reach 100% renewable energy

Green (Living) Review

Aspen’s transition to 100 percent renewable occurred Thursday after the city signed a contract with wholesale electric energy provider Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, in order “to achieve this final leg of our goal,” Hornbacher said. Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy, according to members of the city’s environmental and project departments.

The Top 10 Clean Energy Stories to Be Thankful for in 2013

Sierra Club Compass

  #5) NEBRASKA GETS IN THE GAME ON WIND According to an assessment from the National Renewable Energy laboratory, Nebraska wind could supply the state's current electricity needs 120 times over. Yet despite enormous potential for wind energy, Nebraska was falling behind neighbors like Iowa in wind energy capacity. Nebraska is projected to triple its amount of wind energy in just two years.

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US Rejects Keystone XL Canada Oil Sands Pipeline

Sustainability Ninja

” The pipeline would have passed through Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma. The US state department has officially said no to the Keystone pipeline, a controversial 1600-mile long crude oil pipeline that would have run from the Alberta tar sands. The state department denied the permit, saying it had insufficient time to review the plans.

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Recovery: Prairie Reprise

Nature Conservancy - Science

On moving from Michigan to Nebraska J. But Chris Helzer , The Nature Conservancy’s science director for Nebraska, offers this: “People just don’t think about prairies as natural areas. Cattle graze on restored prairie at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies in Nebraska. In Nebraska, for instance, it has restored 1,500 acres of former cropland on its Platte River Prairies. Recently it has brought bison to preserves in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. “We

Actress Daryl Hannah Arrested in Oil Protest at White House

Sustainability Ninja

The protest and ensuing arrests involved several people who have been protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved, will run through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston,Texas. Daryl Hannah was arrested today during a protest in front of the White House. The protesters oppose a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Colorful parking canopy made from recycled plastic bottles

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that have been craftfully designed using plastic bottle and today we are here to tell you about a car canopy designed by Garth Britzman of Lincoln, Nebraska. Garth has used approximately 1500 old plastic bottles to create the parking canopy in her home town Nebraska. Also students from the University of Nebraska volunteered to spend 200 hours working on the project to support the artists endeavour to promote plastic reuse.

Keystone XL is Dead-Again

Celsias

For the second time in as many months, the Obama administration has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline—a hugely controversial project that would traverse the length of the country from Nebraska to the Gulf of Mexico, carrying heavy and dirty tar sands oil from deep in Canada.

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World

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To be fair, he was slightly better positioned to do so, being a professor of biological sciences with the University of Nebraska. The rest of the cranes of the world receive only brief species accounts — while I would have loved to see more on all these birds, a single volume could hardly have contained them all and perhaps it is better for them to be more extensively treated by authors who know and love their worlds as Johnsgard knows and loves Nebraska.

TransPartisan Politics on the Plains

Celsias

Farmers and ranchers in Nebraska, many of them longtime conservatives, got angry about corporate influence on a single issue that has since captivated the entire state and upset national politics: the Keystone XL pipeline. On January 18 the Obama administration announced it will reject the project, which would have carried tar-sands petroleum from Alberta across Nebraska and five other states to the Gulf of Mexico, where it would have been refined and likely shipped overseas.

Crow Roosts

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It gives those Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska a run for their money. Have you ever gone to look for a American Crow roost in the United States? In winter, crows gather by the thousands for form large roosts and sleep in the winter time. Some will travel as far as 20 miles during the day to forage, but return in late afternoon. It seems that more and more, American Crows are choosing to roost in urban areas.

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Why Did the Prairie Chicken Cross the State?

10,000 Birds

After being nabbed in Nebraska and outfitted with a GPS collar in April of this year, Bird No. Not quite as fancy as the satellite tracker that Bird No. 112 got, this radio transmitter nevertheless tells scientists at the Missouri Department of Conservation where this Greater Prairie Chicken is. . That’s what scientists would like to know. And actually, this particular Greater Prairie Chicken crossed two states.)

WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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The resulting properties—WPAs—are small ponds, wetlands, and associated grasslands, primarily in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana, but also in Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Iowa. The Rainwater Basin is located south of the Platte River in south-central Nebraska, at the narrowest point of the Central Flyway, making it one of the most significant waterfowl stopover areas in North America. Mallards at Rainwater WMD in Nebraska (USFWS). Jason A.

Bird Litigation: “Standing” and the California Gnatcatcher

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The petition relied on a genetic and ecological analysis by Dr. Robert Zink, a biologist at the University of Nebraska (the “ Zink study ”). The coastal subspecies of California Gnatcatcher ( Polioptila californica californica ) can be found in sage scrub that was once abundant from Ventura County to northern Baja California. But its U.S.

The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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The Rainwater Basin in Nebraska is one of the most significant waterfowl stopover areas on the continent. Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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Climate and Clean Energy Events Nationwide: Fighting for Environmental Justice in Omaha

Sierra Club Compass

North Omaha, Nebraska, is home to one of the dirtiest coal plants in the nation, the North Omaha coal plant operated by Omaha Public Power District. Another reason moving beyond coal in Nebraska is so exciting? Nebraska is the state with the nation''s fourth greatest potential for wind energy and is ranked ninth for solar power potential," said Graham.

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My eBird 10th Anniversary

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My profile page identifies the states that I have not eBirded, including Nebraska, North Dakota, Michigan, Mississippi, and Vermont. According to eBird , I have been an eBirder since December 23, 2009, so today is my 10th eBird anniversary. During the decade, I submitted 1,219 checklists and observed 555 bird species, all in the U.S. and Canada.

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Men Reminded This Week That Eating Fresh Fruit Can Create A Healthier Lifestyle

Green (Living) Review

According to an article in Nebraska’s York News Times by the Four Corners Health Department, “Men take charge of so many parts of their life – their own health shouldn’t be any different.” In Nebraska alone, the article points out that heart disease in particular is one of the top health related deaths in the state. Most men at work, especially if there’s an audience, will likely choose a donut over an apple.

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Stamping the First Robin of Spring

10,000 Birds

But apparently Fred was not alone because over the last three years quite a few people from Michigan, Ontario, Indiana, Iowa, and Nebraska have chimed in to say that they too, grew up stamping robins and some mentioned passing it on to their children and grandchildren. Now that winter’s fury is melting beneath more moderate temperatures here in the northeastern United States my thoughts have turned to spring.

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5 Simple Tips to Turn Your Yard Into Pollinator Paradise

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bumble bee on New England Aster in Nebraska. A soldier beetle visits habitat restored by the Conservancy in Nebraska. Photo: ©Chris Helzer/TNC. By Matt Miller. When I stepped outside this morning, our yard was abuzz – literally – with activity. Bumble bees, wasps, butterflies and moths hovered over the plentiful flowers. Pollinator paradise. Summer is the time of plenty for native pollinators. And they’re binging.

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Nebraka Sustainability Leadership Workshop - Documents

The Green Changemakers

Initiatives: Nebraska Sustainability Leadership Workshop [link] [link] The Nebraska Sustainability Leadership Workshop (NSLW) completed its series of 22 workshops in towns and cities across the state, with the goal of creating a network of sustainability leaders throughout Nebraska. The workshops are part of a new partnership program that is preparing Nebraska’s communities for today’s and tomorrow’s complex challenges.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

A bird of prey showed up in the tiny park across the boulevard from me yesterday, setting himself down on a park bench and ignoring a crowd of socially-distanced smart phone wielding photographers. He became the social media hit of the day: “A Peregrine Falcon in Forest Hills!”

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Big New Investments in Wind Energy Across the Country and Around the World

Sierra Club Compass

The clean energy stakes got even higher last week when Facebook announced it had chosen Iowa over Nebraska as the location for a $1.5 As state Senator Galen Hadley wrote in an op-ed : The fact that Iowa generates 10 times as much electricity from wind as Nebraska was a major factor in [Facebook's] decision. After spending last weekend at the Heartland Coalfield Alliance's retreat in the Illinois coal basin region, I'm more inspired than ever.

eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

10,000 Birds

On eBird profile pages, size matters: tiny Delaware is barely noticeable whereas Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri are conspicuous. According to eBird , I have been entering checklists since December 23, 2009, and I find it an incredibly useful way to maintain my lists, plan birding travel, and keep up on my favorite hotspots. eBird automatically organizes my observations by country, state, and county, and keeps running totals for my life and year lists.

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Solar Eclipse Expedition 2017

Nature Conservancy - Science

Showy evening primrose (Oenothera rhombipetala) in restored prairie at the Derr Tract of Platte River Prairies, Nebraska. State: Nebraska. The day will start with an optional outdoor talk by amateur astromer Austin Bontrager and The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska’s Director of Science Chris Helzer. Where will you be on August 21, 2017 when the solar eclipse passes through North America?

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Keystone XL Pipeline Hearings Create Questions and Controversy

Celsias

The $7 billion pipeline would move tar-sands derived crude oil from Alberta, Canada through Kansas, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. The last week of September marked the start of a series of public hearings in six U.S. states about the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline. Keystone XL is a project of Calgary-based TransCanada Corporation. The company announced in August that the U.S.

It may be hard to swallow, but Bumpus could get bumped to the back burner

10,000 Birds

This week, a new study was published about Sparrows in Nebraska, that in some ways resembles the study by Bumpus and may well be a better example of Natural Selection in birds. The new study is about Cliff Swallows ( Petrochelidon pyrrhonota ) in southwestern Nebraska. In 1898, Hermon Bumpus published a paper about change in the morphology in a population of House Sparrows that he proposed was an example of Darwinian Natural Selection in action.

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Who Wants To See a Greater Prairie Chicken?

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Couple that with the fact that Greater Prairie Chickens are either holding on or in decline in all states except Nebraska and the national picture becomes clear. Timothy Barksdale is a birder/biologist turned filmmaker , passionately pursuing birds with a television camera for the last 24 years. His work is the foundation of the Macaulay Library video collection. Tim’s involvement with birds began very early and has led him to his passion for conservation through television. “No