Earth Notes

Wednesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Saturdays during Weekend Edition
  • Hosted by Gillian Ferris

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.

Earth Notes: Navajo Churro Sheep

Jan 15, 2020
Stonefield Sheep

The Navajo Churro sheep was originally brought to the New World as a food source, but it turned out to be highly valued for its excellent wool weaving properties, as well.


manufacturing.net/Cortez Journal

Utes have occupied land in the southwest corner of Colorado for centuries. Now their food heritage is sowing seeds of prosperity for members of the Ute Mountain Tribe.


Getty Images

Zion National Park has become one of the busiest, most popular parks in the country. But that wasn’t the case in 1919 when it became Utah’s first national park. Back then, the challenge was how to promote tourism in the remote area.

hispanickitchen.com

Kitchens all over the Southwest this time of year are filled with the irresistible scent of tamales steaming on the stove.


Kaibab National Forest

A steel dam near Ash Fork in Arizona’s high desert still holds water after more than a century. It’s a relic of a short-lived era in American history, when dam builders thought steel could replace stone.


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