Featured Articles from The Butterfly Effect

24
May

A New Lawn for the 21st Century

Here are four things you may not know about America’s lawns. Who uses more pesticides? Farmers on their agricultural crops, or homeowners on their lawns? The answer?
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26
Apr

Consider the Consequences of Your Purchases at the Garden Center

Next time you visit your favorite garden center, you may want to contemplate some of these purchases:
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13
Mar

The Waterkeepers of Deer Lake

Minnesota is the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and “sky blue waters.” But many of Minnesota’s lakes are struggling. According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 40 percent of Minnesota lakes and streams are impaired for conventional pollutants. And, 50 of these are listed as impaired due to excess chloride from road salt. While lakeshore property...
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20
Feb

Plant It and They Will Come: How One Couple Created Sanctuary for Wildlife in Their Half-Acre Suburban Yard

Ten years ago, Liz Stanley’s and her partner Lynn Gallagher’s suburban yard was a weedy, turf-grass expanse, complete with invasive buckthorn. With no backgrounds in gardening—and through trial and error—they have slowly transformed their half-acre yard in Bloomington, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities), into a lush native habitat for pollinators, birds, and other...
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21
Jan

Your Yard as Bird Feeder

Offering a wide range of native plant foods from the natural habitat in your yard is the best option for bird nutrition, but bird feeders are nonetheless helpful in the winter.
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02
Jan

This Pooch is Precious but Her Poo Isn’t

You love your pooch but its poo is an environmental pollutant—so much so that the EPA has put it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease and toxic chemicals.
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29
Dec

Become a Citizen Scientist

You may not be aware of the vast role citizen volunteers—people just like you—play in scientific research collaborations.
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27
Nov

Want to Clean the Air You Breathe?

Overall, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
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24
Nov

Getting off the Sidelines

“My wife Julie and I feel strongly about taking care of our environment. We believe climate change will be a significant issue for future generations. We decided we couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer. We recycle more than we discard, we compost, we drive a plug-in electric hybrid car, and we have photovoltaic solar...
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