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President Obama about to designate a new National Monument in the San Gabriel Mountains of California

The World Wildlife Fund reports that vertebrate populations have halved in the last 40 years

Climate Setting New Records

Western Drought and Rising Mountains

Sea Creatures Washing Up On Northwestern Beaches

Exxon-Mobil CEO opposed fracking tower near his home

Firefly Watch, a project of The Museum of Science, Boston

Schools versus Environment in Oregon.

Microscopic plastic beads from skin care products showing up in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.

The Wall Street Journal has a nice interactive feature called Waste Lands: America's forgotten nuclear legacy that includes maps and details on the history and current status of Manhattan Project sites.

From The Guardian, a very cool article on Steward Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog (and much more).

I continue my effort to downsize; please help me Get Rid of Stuff!.

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It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
~Ansel Adams ~

Almanac

Congress authorized Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on October 21, 1970. The Lakeshore includes about 35 miles of the Lake Michigan coast, not far from Traverse City, Michigan. It also includes the North and South Manitou Islands.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Photo: Mike Habeck.

Aside from the spectacular dunes, beaches, and generally stunning setting, the Lakeshore is important habitat for Bald Eagles and serves as a nesting site for the endangered Piping Plover.