Earth Notes

The Colorado Plateau is one of North America’s human and environmental treasures. Ancient cultures have called this land of sun-baked deserts and lush mountain landscapes home for centuries. Earth Notes, KNAU’s weekly environmental series, explores the Plateau by telling stories of the intricate relationships between environmental issues and our daily lives.

Rooted in science and wrapped in human interest, the two minute long segments encourage listeners to think of themselves as part of the solution to environmental problems. Upbeat and informative, the program tries to foster hope and dampen despair about the environment, and motivate listeners to become more conscious and informed stewards of the Colorado Plateau.

Southwest Wine Center

Students at Yavapai College’s Verde Valley campus have a very different kind of college experience. They’re learning how to grow grapes and make wine in the Southwest Wine Center’s Viticulture and Enology Program.


Los Lunas Silvery Minnow Refugium

Summers like this one, the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico is a river without water. When it dries up, tiny fish become trapped in shrinking pools. But rescue missions are underway.  


Tom Bean

The big skies of the Colorado Plateau show off extraordinary clouds, inspiring devotees and photographers across the region.

NPS

Cultures all over the world have marked the passage of the seasons in many ways. In the Southwest, the solstices and equinoxes have often been tracked by watching the sun on the horizon, on particular landmarks, or on the faces of rock.

D. Cockrum/NPS

Visitors to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the Grand Canyon probably noticed a flurry of activity this spring as a helicopter flew in a drilling rig and other large pieces of equipment.

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