As the state opens back up, health care and government experts are saying that being outdoors is relatively safe, since physical distancing is easier outside. But that doesn’t mean you’re totally safe when you leave your house.
The inaugural #BlackBirdersWeek kicked off on Sunday. The virtual event came about in response to the racist incident in Central Park last week when a white woman called the police after a Black birder asked her to put her dog on a leash.
If you want to protect a species, understanding and protecting their habitat is essential. In Idaho, one of the creatures at risk of extinction is the sage grouse, named after the landscape they rely on for food and shelter. The science that’s conducted in the sage brush sea can inform the policy decisions by land managers at the Interior Department, and can protect hundreds of other species at the same time.
In the 1950s and 60s, towns across the American west were razed and relocated to make way for major hydroelectric projects. These towns were essentially drowned by the reservoirs and rivers that replaced them.
When I was little, my dad and I would walk behind our house in west-central Montana and stare at the ground. And then walk. Stare. Walk. Stare. We'd do this for hours, searching for that tasty, edible and highly prized morel mushroom.
On Sunday, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens in Washington erupted. The volcanic blast and its after effects killed 57 people and caused millions of dollars of damage, sending ash and sulphuric acid into Idaho, Oregon and across Washington.
There are many places in our communities that we cannot visit right now. One of them in the Treasure Valley is Zoo Boise. How are the animals doing? What about the staff that takes care of the creatures? And when might we get to visit the giraffes, tigers and African dogs that live there?
The coronavirus pandemic is exposing a lot of issues in our society. One of those? Food insecurity. But at the same time that our world seems to be facing the worst of problems, communities are coming together to tackle these together.
In much of the West, snowpack levels have historically been one of the more reliable ways to determine whether a drought was coming. But a new study says climate change could soon make snowpack data much less reliable.
As a response to the coronavirus pandemic and widespread layoffs, Idaho Power has declared it will not be disconnecting power for those who fail to pay their bill. That’s one of several changes Idaho Power has made to the way it runs the state’s power grid.