This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! Visitors Trample Super Bloom!

Southern California underwent a super bloom starting in the middle of March. These massive blooms happen after large amounts of rainfall occur in areas of drought and awaken dormant seeds. Images released by the US Department if the Interior went viral showing the carpets of wildflowers, including dandelions, desert asters, sand verbena, phacelia, and lupine, carpet the landscape! One of the most beautiful settings to see the bloom is the Wild Flower Trail at Diamond Valley Lake. The super bloom drew out massive amount of visitors to the area! These visitors clearly don’t know how to read signs because the trail had to be closed down on March 29 and reopened for only five days a week because people were trampling the flowers and destroying the blooms. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: February 19-25

Welcome back to the Weekly Round Up!  If this is your first time here, it’s nice to meet you!  Grab a seat, get comfortable, settle in- cause it’s been an interesting week.  We’ve got some shitty stuff- like more microplastics in our oceans than imaginable and an end to the on ground protests against the DAPL- but also some really great stuff- like California moving to save the environment from Trump and some bee research that is seriously cool.  Honestly, the bee research is real fascinating.  So without further ado, let’s dive in! Continue reading

Residents Can Go Home After Oroville Dam Threat Lifted

We told you the story earlier this week about close to 200 thousand residents in Northern California being evacuated because of the threat of the Oroville dam rupturing. The evacuation happened last weekend with concerns that the heavily eroded dam could collapse causing 30 feet waves to crash over surrounding communities. Thanks to water removal from the man-made Oroville lake and repairs to the dam’s spillways, the evacuation has been lifted.  Continue reading

Tensions Mounting For America’s Tallest Dam

The ancient Egyptians built the first dams around 2950-2750 BC, and ever since we have used that technology to hold and redirect water. On Friday,  authorities said a spillway from the U.S.’s tallest dam, the Oroville dam, was ready to give way. The main spillway of the dam, which feeds into the Feather River in Northern California, was seen to be eroding last week, so water was diverted to the emergency spillway for the first time since it was made. Officials have been working all Monday to remove 50 feet of water from the dam and stabilize the spillways, but experts are still uncertain of the outcome.  Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: December 28- January 2

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We might have missed last week, but we’re back this week in full force!  Lots of stuff went on this week, and chances are you might have heard of a few of them.  I’m talking about natural gas leaks, new sharks, and giant squids.  But don’t worry, there’s also some pure-ly awesome bison news and a crazy hungry Chinese zookeeper, both of which may be news to you.  So here’s what happened this week while the Earth grew a year older. Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: June 15-19

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While everyone might be talking about the Pope’s encyclical, that’s not the only big thing that happened involving mother nature this week.  We also found out that Nutella is evil and that kangaroos might not be as helpful as you might expect.  Or maybe you never thought that kangaroos were helpful.  Either way, it’s time for the Weekly Round Up, so let’s dive in! Continue reading