April 26, 2016
by Celeste Tinajero
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Trash Talk Tuesday

Tires sent to landfills or dumped illegally are a significant concern. Old tires provide shelter for rodents, and can trap water, providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes. In landfills, tires consume up to 75 percent air space, In addition, tires may become buoyant and rise to the surface if they trap methane gases. ‪#‎TrashTalkTuesday‬ ‪#‎ReduceReuseRecycle‬‪#‎RecycleTires‬

Original post from Nevada Recycles Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NevadaRecycles/posts/851346884969213

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April 22, 2016
by Celeste Tinajero
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Monster Fish!

Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants

Beneath the surface of the world’s rivers swim mysterious giants. Join Dr. Zeb Hogan, National Geographic explorer, host of the Nat Geo WILD series Monster Fish, and University of Nevada, Reno professor on a journey to find and protect the world’s largest freshwater fish and the habitats they call home. Monster Fish will be on exhibit at The Discovery through Memorial Day (May 30, 2016) —the very first traveling stop after its debut at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

About the Exhibition

Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants features 6,000 square feet of stunning life-size sculptures, hands-on interactive exhibits, and evocative video installations that put you face-to-face with more than 20 species—each at least six feet long and weighing more than 200 pounds! Embark on a global journey to storied river basins with Dr. Hogan on his quest to find, research, and protect freshwater giants and the habitats they call home.

The travels of Dr. Zeb Hogan, Research Assistant Professor in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, have taken him from Mongolia to the Pacific Northwest, Thailand to Australia. The purpose? A singular focus for finding, studying and protecting the world’s largest freshwater fish, an effort to bring attention to the increasingly fragile freshwater ecosystems and their endangered inhabitants.

As part of the Monster Fish exhibition, The Discovery is now the temporary home to five unique species of freshwater “monster fish.” On display are live specimens of alligator gar, white sturgeon, redtail catfish, Devils Hole pupfish and an electric eel named “The Creature.” The fish are available to view during the museum’s regular hours.

If you are an educator, get your students hooked on science with this Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants Educator’s Guide designed for students in grades 4-8. Educator’s Guide were created by the University of Nevada, Reno College of Science and National Geographic. For a copy of this guide visit https://www.nvdm.org/learn/educator-resources/.

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April 18, 2016
by Celeste Tinajero
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All About Nevada Bugs and Butterflies

2016-04-04 13_19_47-My Drive - Google DriveNevada Bugs and Butterflies is a science education non-profit in Reno, Nevada. This year we’re excited to create a new program that will monitor butterfly populations in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin regions, something we’re calling the Nevada Butterfly Monitoring Network. This program uses an area’s residents to collect valuable data on butterfly diversity at the same site multiple times over the course of the summer. Over time, these data can be used to understand the effects of habitat change, climate fluctuations, and other influences on butterfly populations.

Nevada contains many unique and fragile habitats that are home to over 200 species of butterflies. These insects are tightly tied to the health of the landscape, relying on a diversity of plants to eat as caterpillars and for nectar as adults. Many of them have small ranges limited to specific areas of the Great Basin. However, we currently have very little standardized data regarding butterfly diversity or abundance over time for our state, despite evidence for widespread butterfly declines in neighboring California. The NBMN will be a part of the North American Butterfly Monitoring Network, filling a huge void in this type of data for the inter-mountain West.

In order to kick off the program this summer, we’re having two training sessions on May 1 and 15 about the program basics– butterfly biology, monitoring protocols, data reporting, and local butterfly identification. In addition to the monitoring network, we’ll also touch base on a few other butterfly citizen science programs that you can participate in, including iNaturalist, the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project and the Pieris Project. In short, it’s a comprehensive look into the ways you can help contribute to butterfly conservation in your own back yard.

This program is a great opportunity for brand new or experienced amateur naturalists out there who already love visiting your favorite spots over and over! We’ll give you all the resources you need to succeed, whether you’re familiar with butterflies or not. Each monitoring period takes as little as 30-40 minutes, and it’s a perfect way to complement your birding or botany skills.

RSVP to Kevin by April 28th!

Training details

(For more information, contact us by email!)

Training times (only need to attend one): Sunday, May 1st, 1-5pm & Sunday, May 15th, 1-5pm.

We’re also offering a ‘field demonstration day’ to work more on field identification of butterflies on Saturday, June 11th, location and time TBD.

Location: The University of Nevada, Reno, Museum of Natural History

The museum is located on the third floor of Fleischmann Agriculture, on the south end of the UNR campus at E. 9th St. & Record St. University metered spots are free on weekends, and there are several of these in the south and east Fleischmann Agriculture parking lots. There is also streetside parking available on E. 9th St. and Evans Ave. Enter Fleischmann at the south end under the breezeway and take the stairs to the 3rd floor; museum will be on your left.Capture

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April 15, 2016
by Celeste Tinajero
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GBOS Students Practice #WaterSmart Techniques

boat SV Mar (1)Great Basin Outdoor School (GBOS) is excited to venture into another spring season focused on teaching northern Nevada students and teachers about water issues and the importance of protecting water quality. While northern California and Nevada residents are ecstatic about the increased snow and rainfall this year we can all agree how essential it is to continue teaching the next generation water protection strategies. GBOS has teamed up with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and UC Davis’ Tahoe Environmental Research Center to provide outdoor programs aimed at developing an environmental awareness and creating responsible active citizens.

During spring and fall programs studentsIMG_7918-1 have the unique opportunity to spend the day at beautiful Zephyr Cove and take a ride on The Prophet, a Lake Tahoe research vessel. While on the research boat students rotate through several different stations where they measure and chart the clarity of the lake using a Secchi disk (scientists have used Secchi disks to measure Lake Tahoe’s clarity since 1968), study zooplankton under microscopes, and discuss the role of invasive species. GBOS is proud to be able to offer this and other field trips to underserved Nevada students thanks to community support. Outdoor field trips like these expose students to new experiences, leadership opportunities, and professional role models in environmental careers which can open doors for children in need.

Great Basin Outdoor School looks forward to providing positive physical, emotional, and educational experiences for northern Nevada students each spring, fall, and winter season. If you are interested in bringing your class or may know of a school that is please visit our website at www.greatbasin-os.org or contact us at Haley@greatbasin-os.org or 775-324-0936.

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April 11, 2016
by Celeste Tinajero
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Sustainability in Business

Sustainability in Business – Top 3 Approaches

It was last Wednesday night, and I was sitting in my MBA class, tapping a Great Basin Co-Op pen on the desk to the beat of “Billy Jean” while listening to our three panel speakers. All older, Caucasian gentleman who recounted their tales on the road to economic greatness. They gave the class nuggets of wisdom from the perspective of formidable and wealthy businessmen; follow what makes you happy, know your niche in the World, and truly listen to what your customer wants. Two of the speakers gained fortune working within the oil industry, and one in the field of architecture. As our professor opened the last half hour of class to discussion, I waited my turn patiently to ask about how public interest in sustainability endeavors has affected each industry. The topic of sustainability is always an interesting one to bring up in a classic Economic class, and on this particular night, each panelist response represented an archetypal approach when handling sustainability in business.

The first and most excited panelist to weigh in was the architect, who beamed about his upcoming development project in Reno utilizing cutting-edge water saving methods. He has seen added value when incorporating sustainability into his newest business endeavors. Over time, he has opened his business to incorporating more and more sustainable practices as his clients have become increasingly interested in these measures. We often see agile businesses popular with the millennial generation able to keep pace with our wants and needs, especially as sustainability concerns have been on the rise. Businesses that accept environmental responsibility are more often than not able to successfully turn that into economic rewards. Our architect here illustrates the first archetypal approach to sustainability in business, which is characterized by the ability to continually adapt and evolve to new truths in our ever-changing World.

The second gentleman to take a bite out of the question was one who popped in briefly before the architect. He called me a “sweet girl”, and said I should assert myself more as he could not hear my question. Following listening to the other panelists response, he began to speak towards economic sustainability instead of environmental sustainability, further dismissing the initial question posed. Finally he ended his statement with an unapologetic shrug saying, “I’ve never written a piece of legislation that did not pollute the Earth, so I have nothing more to contribute in my response.” He was defensive in his unwillingness to explore the idea of sustainability, unapologetic about his business decisions, and dismissive. Thus, giving us the second approach to sustainability in business. We have often heard this reaction show up when parents and grandparents say, “Well, that is an issue for your generation to solve” or when environmental advocates are referred to, flippantly, as granola crunching hippies.

The final panel response was rounded out by a former employee of BP, who acknowledged the value of environmental viability, spoke about the importance of remediation efforts, and ended by saying that he honestly felt bad about the effect the oil industry has had on the environment. Rather than being completely dismissive or completely gung ho about the topic, this particular panelist landed right in the middle. A complete business overhaul in the oil industry would mean the extinction of the oil industry, however, he recognized efforts made on their part to lessen the environmental blow.

Businesses are ultimately made up of people who have different ideas, beliefs, and actions that combine to create a corporate culture. It is important to explore different approaches to sustainability on the individual level as a pathway to discovering more about environmental action as a whole functioning from within a single business. If we can recognize these reactions, we can firstly create the awareness necessary in order to unpack and understand each approach. Perhaps there is value in understanding the reasoning behind why each person reacted the way they did in order to best grow thriving environmental business practices.

By Alisha Cahlan of Reno Sustainability Center

For more info you can go to their website: https://renosustainabilitycenter.squarespace.com/

Or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Renosustainabilitycenter 

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