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Living In Harmony with Wildlife - Skunks & Raccoons

Posted on 04/24/17 by Kelly in Educational Outreach

Raccoon and skunk eating pet food.  Photo credit: MTLskyline

Living in a suburban environment one of the most common wildlife interactions for me has been with skunks and raccoons. I have even encountered raccoons in my house on a few occasions. How the young one ended up on the second floor remains a mystery. These critters are highly adaptable and exceptional scavengers. Not only do they make... read more

PUT DOWN THAT RAKE AND BACK AWAY FROM THE GARDEN!

Posted on 04/18/17 by Amy in Educational Outreach

You want to clean this so bad, don't you? Settle down!! The critters will thank you!

Because I KNOW you remember my blog from October 13, 2015 about how it’s ok to be a lazy gardener and it’s better for your gardens to leave them messy over the Winter; or Claire’s blog from October 28, 2016 about leaving your flower beds and other landscaping in place over the Winter – because you so diligently... read more

Black Sunday (April 14th 1935): The Birth of Soil Conservation

Posted on 04/14/17 by Brent in Educational Outreach

Approaching dust storm. (Wikimedia)

During The Great Depression the plains states were ravaged by a decade long drought. Dust storms were not unusual but on Sunday, April 14th 1935 a storm blew up that would change history. The massive dust storm was reported to be 1000 miles long with wind speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The storm was comprised of 300,000... read more

Solving Stream Problems in Your Back Yard Series - The Importance of Floodplains to People and Wildlife

Posted on 04/04/17 by Claire in Euclid Creek Watershed

Cross section of a functioning riparian (streamside) system

*This is the sixth post in a continuing series on backyard stream management.* What is a Floodplain and why are functional ones important? A floodplain is the flat, low lying area of land next to a river or stream that periodically floods at different points in time. Floodplains are hydrologically important, environmentally sensitive and ecologically productive areas that perform many... read more

Changing Hearts and Minds

Posted on 03/21/17 by Jacki in Educational Outreach

My job as the new Stormwater Educator is to help members of our Cuyahoga County communities become stewards of their individual environments as well as the environments they share. We often judge the effectiveness of education based on how well students can repeat back what they’ve been taught. If our goal in environmental education is to change behaviors,... read more