Featured Articles from The Butterfly Effect


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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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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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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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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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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Want to Clean the Air You Breathe?

Overall, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year.
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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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Reflections on a Lake

“Six years ago I decided to do my part to help ensure the health of the small lake I live on. I removed all the roses, daylilies, hydrangeas, and the rest of the plants I had been managing with TLC for years. I had been reading about native plants—about their deep roots and their ability...
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Community Greening in Action in the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood

Over a decade ago Daniel Schultz listened to a talk given by Doug Tallamy, the author of the book Bringing Nature Home. It turned the way he saw the natural world upside-down. “It was such a shock to learn how little wildlife habitat is left in the United States,” states Daniel.
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