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.

Earth Notes: Owlflies

Feb 5, 2020
Wikimedia Commons/Charlie Jackson

Owlflies first appeared in the fossil record during the late Jurassic period, about 150 million years ago. They look like a cross between a butterfly and a dragonfly and are often mistaken for the latter.


Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

Changes in global markets have led to a lot of confusion about what can and can’t be recycled these days.


Sam Swartley/audubon.com

Catch sight of a small bird with narrow wings and a long square-tipped tail, hovering beside a road or perched on a telephone wire, and you’ve likely seen an American kestrel.


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.


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