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Stakes rising for safety, crops in rainy Rwanda


Any recipe for agricultural success includes water. But what if that nurturing liquid becomes a destructive force? Here at #ISeeChange, we’ve frequently told you about our observers in the United States: from sea to shining sea, California to Delaware, Minnesota to Louisiana. But we’re also hearing from people overseas, in[…]

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What do gophers go for in L.A.?

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The dirt mounds were not a good sign. That’s what Sheila Scott thought as she surveyed her Los Angeles yard. Five mounds with a plug off to the side marred the small patch of grass she had preserved, a notch in the hill 4 feet wide and 12 feet long, where[…]

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“Weird” March storms bring historic floods

In the first three weeks of March, rains caused historic levels of flooding for Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. At almost 54 feet, the snaky Sabine River serving as the border between Texas and Louisiana hadn’t recorded waters this high in a century. Near Folsom, in the toe of Louisiana’s boot,[…]

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Just me, or are allergies getting worse?


As many of you have observed Spring has sprung a little early this year; in some places it seems like winter barely happened. On Sunday, Spring officially springs. The “green-up” associated with the season means lots of things are blooming: flowers, trees  and for many of us – our allergies.[…]

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What’s changing how snow geese migrate?

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Whether there’s snow or not, February brings a blizzard of white to the skies over North Carolina, in the form of snow geese and tundra swans. #ISeeChanger Keith Maurer noticed these migratory birds leaving his favorite North Carolina wildlife refuge spots earlier this month. “Seems odd for early February. Is[…]

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Is the range for bluebirds changing in the Rockies?

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An 1869 travel brochure called Colorado “the Switzerland of America,” but a little corner in the southwest of the state claims it’s the most deserving of that title. Ouray County is at the narrow head of a valley, with jutting, rocky mountains around three and a half sides. Observer Jorge Anchondo[…]

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Does it really rain more on the weekends?


Robin White has a self-interest that makes him “acutely aware” of whether it rains in northern California’s Bay Area: he’s a landscaper. With a crew. “I want it to rain so that I can have the day off but my crew wants to work so that they can make money,”[…]

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Mosquitos in winter?

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During December, Eliot Walter noticed mosquitos in Lexington, Kentucky. Twice. Of course, it wasn’t just skeeters and the bites they bring: Lexington had flowers in bloom, and worms near the surface of the soil. “Weather or climate?” Walter asks. And, “This winter, I believe, is anomalous, but the trend is for[…]

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What’s behind a big acorn crop?

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When you can’t park your car under the oak tree because it’s in danger of getting bombarded by acorns, when rakes and snow shovels are pressed into service, gathering up a whole barrel’s worth, and when you can practically see the squirrels getting fatter from your kitchen window, you know[…]

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Where’s California’s Dungeness Crab?

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Dungeness Crab for Christmas is a San Francisco Bay Area tradition. In our family, cracked crab comes from Cook’s Seafood, a market in downtown Menlo Park. Christmas Eve as far back as I can remember, we have torn into a butcher-paper-wrapped pile of crab, piled it a half a foot high on platters,[…]

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