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.

Michael Collier

For a beautiful, thriving garden, it’s all about the birds and the bees — and the bats and the butterflies too. Nearly all flowers and most crop plants need animals to carry their pollen from one plant to another for fertilization.

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It’s the time of year when young birds have hatched and are about to try their wings. But those newborns can be vulnerable to high winds, predators, or injury that force them from the nest before they’re fully prepared.

Earth Notes: Sandstone Voices

Jun 10, 2020
National Park Service

The sandstone pinnacles, arches and natural bridges of the Colorado Plateau may seem like static, silent parts of the landscape. But researchers at the University of Utah have tuned in to a very different reality.

Dine Native Plants Program

Mining, grazing, and drought have all taken a toll on land in the Southwest, including the Navajo Nation. Replanting the damaged landscape isn’t easy, because it’s difficult to find local seeds adapted to the region and climate.

The Mars Society

When seeking a terrestrial equivalent to the Red Planet, the Mars Society chose the red rock country of Utah and a site half-way between Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks. In 2001, the Colorado-based non-profit established their Mars Desert Research Station just outside the tiny town of Hanksville, Utah.

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