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If you are a serious gardener, would like to dress-up your yard or make better use of the space you have available, winter is the perfect time to do some research, take some classes and put your landscape plans together so you're ready to start planting this spring.

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Operating for thirty years, Price Hill’'s Imago is an environmental grassroots organization that helps individuals connect to the natural world around them. 

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With 50 years of land and habitat management experience, the Cincinnati Nature Center is establishing the Center for Conservation & Stewardship

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Gaia Vince is the former editor at Nature magazine who decided to leave her office and travel the world to see how people on the frontline of our changing environment are living. 

Gross Science With Anna Rothschild

Nov 7, 2016
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Nearly 100,000 people subscribe to the Gross Science from NOVA channel on YouTube so they can watch host Anna Rothschild explain the slimy, smelly, creepy-crawly world of science and nature in a fun, engaging way. 

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People may associate bees with honey for their tea and home remedies, but bees are also responsible for about one out of every three bites of food we eat. 

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The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will present its fifth annual Native Plant Symposium on November 12. 

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From 1951 until 1989, the Feed Materials Production Center in Fernald, Ohio, about 20 miles northwest of Cincinnati, was a key player in the Cold War, processing uranium for the United States nuclear weapons program. 

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If your garden yielded a bumper crop this season and you have more fruits and vegetables than you can eat fresh, now is a good time to explore the variety of ways you can preserve them for use all winter long, from cold storage to canning to freezing. 

Celebrating The Mill Creek

Sep 6, 2016
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The Mill Creek is a 28-mile long urban river that begins in West Chester, runs though Cincinnati and flows into the Ohio River, just west of downtown. It was declared the worst environmental problem in the Greater Cincinnati area in 1993, unfit for aquatic life and recreation. Since 1995, the Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities has been working to make improvements to the waterway.

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With 30 years of practical experience in environmental science and natural resource management, Dr. John Hartig is currently the Refuge Manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, bringing the natural world back to the waterways in the automobile capital of America. 

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 The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden will present its sixth annual Plant Trials Day symposium on August 18. 

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Whether you are growing fruits and vegetables or prefer ornamental flowers in your landscaping, this is the time of year pests can invade and quickly damage or destroy your plants. 

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The W.C. Beckjord Station power plant, located on the bank of the Ohio River southeast of Cincinnati in New Richmond, began generating electricity in 1952. Duke Energy closed the plant in 2014, but there are still large coal ash ponds on the site containing arsenic, lead and other toxins that pose a potential danger to the environment and drinking water. Local government leaders, the Environmental Protection Agency and Duke Energy are now trying to determine the most effective, safe method to clean up the site and prevent any hazardous material leaking into the Ohio River or other water supplies.

Small Market Gardening As A Career

Jun 21, 2016
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More people are growing their own fruits, vegetables and herbs to provide their families with a steady supply of fresh foods. But some backyard gardeners often find they have an over-abundance of produce. And many of them are discovering the value of small market gardening as an extra source of income, or even as a career.

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Now that summer is almost here, more people are outside working in gardens, playing in parks, camping or hiking in wooded areas.

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Last Saturday, the Cincinnati Zoo's Dangerous Animal Response Team was forced to shoot and kill a critically-endangered gorilla after it began dragging a 4-year old boy who had fallen into the exhibit.

After the boy climbed through a public barrier and fell into a moat, 17-year old Harambe, a male gorilla, grabbed the child and began violently dragging and throwing him around.

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 The Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC) held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for its new Center for Conservation & Stewardship. The Center, located in the historic Groesbeck Lodge on the CNC's Rowe Woods property in Union Township, will serve as a living laboratory of diverse native habitats and provide conservation research and education.

Mating Song Of The Wolf Spider

May 9, 2016

Dr. George Uetz is a professor of biology at the University of Cincinnati and Alex Sweger is a graduate student and together they have discovered a new species of wolf spider with audible mating songs that sound a lot like a cat purr. Last summer they presented their findings to the Acoustical Society of America. They sat down with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard to talk about wolf spiders and their mating songs.

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Electronic waste, or E-waste (monitors, computers, cell phones and other electronic devices)– represents 2-percent of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70-percent of overall toxic waste. And worldwide, 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic devices are disposed of each year.

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