21 Jun 2016

15 Survival Skills Everyone Needs To Know

You’re stranded in the woods, your phone is dead, your GPS is not working and your compass is broken. There is much to do – find shelter to stay dry, start a fire to keep warm, and hide food sobears won’t come. But you don’t have time for all of

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21 Jun 2016

A Meteorologist Explores Survival Skills and Climate Change as a ‘Heat Dome’ Sears the Southwest

On Monday, the first day of summer, it was hard not to focus on the scorching Southwest, where 110-degree-plus temperatures spilled far outside their typical geographic range for this time of year, in part thanks to an atmospheric feature called a “heat dome.” (Back in 2011, this phrase had an

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20 Jun 2016

10 Handy Survival Uses for Seashells

When we think of paradise, plenty of OL readers (myself included) may think of a deep forest full of wild game, or a tall mountain without another soul in sight. Many folks also think of a lovely beach as the backdrop for their “happy place.” But would a beach still

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17 Jun 2016

Tiny houses gain popularity in Bay Area

Tired of watching their earnings evaporate every month to cover rent and other basics, Aaron Castle and his fiancee, Candace Anderson, made a decision to go tiny. They downsized their closets and got rid of many other possessions and today live in a 139-square-foot cedar shingle cottage on wheels that

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16 Jun 2016

Gun Shop Owner: AR-15’s Flying Off Shelves at $500 a Pop

Since the Orlando nightclub shooting on Sunday, gun sales have rapidly increased throughout the United States. Adventure Outdoors Owner Jay Wallace told Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney that sales of AR-15s and other firearms have “really kicked up” since Sunday. AR-15’s may look like military rifles but they are actually

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15 Jun 2016

These Are the Most Inspiring Nature Photographs of 2016

Today is the eleventh anniversary of Nature Photography Day. The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) designated the day as a time to “promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally

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14 Jun 2016

​Nature up close: Yellowstone’s grizzly bears

By contributing “Sunday Morning” nature videographer Judy Lehmberg: One of the few places in the lower 48 states where grizzly bears (a.k.a. North American brown bears) can still be found in healthy numbers is in the Yellowstone ecosystem. As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Park system, changes

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09 Jun 2016

Cities make us forget what’s great about nature

Modern cities have lots to offer, but what does their lack of nature cost us? That’s the question explored in a recent perspective piece in Science. Its authors discuss the growing tension between an arguably necessary role urban areas play in society and the numbing, even debilitating, aspects of cities

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09 Jun 2016

Gadgets in the outdoors: Connecting or disconnecting in nature?

We’re surrounded by technology indoors, and more and more, we’re taking it with us outdoors. We’re surrounded by technology indoors, and more and more, we’re taking it with us outdoors.  Global positioning systems, heart rate monitors, training apps, watches, music, smartphones — these days communing with nature is likely to

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09 Jun 2016

Little-known nature trail offers lesson in native trees, plants

When the Laura Bush library was established in 2009 atop the picturesque slopes of a canyon at the intersection of Bee Caves Road and Cuernavaca, its neighbor, TRI, donated a tract of land that was transformed by volunteers into the Madrone Canyon Nature Preserve. The preserve includes a bucolic nature

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