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Would you ProtectCLE?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/20 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water, Plants & animals, Natural Cleveland

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History wants you to participate with us in ProtectCLE, protecting Cleveland’s Living Environment. The first project under ProjectCLE is Life in One Cubic Foot. This project is ideal for families studying science at home this spring and summer. The goal is to get outside, enjoy nature and don your citizen science hat. By focusing on...

<br />The Life in a Cubic Foot project is a global search for biodiversity. Image: David Liittscwager for National Geographic.<br />ProtectCLE is a Cleveland Museum of Natural History-led effort to document and appreciate the natural world.<br />iNaturalist is a smartphone app used by a global community of nature enthusiasts<br />Using iNaturalist to document local biodiversity is a snap<br />Build a biocube. Make it fancy or simple, your choice.

The Great Lakes, the Amazon: Saving the world's most precious ecosystems

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/30/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Water

To appreciate why the man made fires raging across the Amazon rainforest have the world paused in terror, let's turn the mirror—to look at how we have treated the Great Lakes.

<br />Image of a shipwreck in Lake Erie from diver Jeremy Bannister

Green Cuyahoga and tie it together

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/19 @ 10:45am  |  Posted in Land, Water

Trees are the centerpiece of Cuyahoga County’s new plan to rejuvenate a county that is at a crossroad. Adding a couple of strategic goals, and using County resources to do it, would make an already good idea even better.

Doan Brook flooding<br />Too much pavement causes Doan Brook to routinely flood and blow out pipes which costs a lot of money to fixMorgana Run<br />Converting an old railway into a trail in Cleveland, Slavic Village is an example of reuse that spurred more development.Bike to School Day<br />Lots of kids bike to school in Bay Village.Green Corridor<br />Warrensville Center Road is a piece in the Eastside Greenway waiting to be built with the right incentives and push from the Executive level.

With Northeast Ohio's biodiversity at stake, regional parks and naturalists find their voice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/15/19 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water, Plants & animals, Shaping the land

They have been gathering for years to advocate for nature in Northeast Ohio. They are park rangers, wetlands biologists, wildlife specialists, and conservationists getting their hands dirty on a daily basis in natural areas. Increasingly, they have become the voice for nature in a region that has lost many acres of forests and wetlands to unplanned development.

<br />Images courtesy of LEAP<br /><br /><br />

Erie shaped over time, by friends and foes

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/08/18 @ 4:15pm  |  Posted in Clean water, Water

Because it is shallow and warm, Erie is the most biologically diverse of the Great Lakes. 15,000 years ago, the lake formed as retreating mile-high glaciers scoured the land. Only 24 feet from the hard limestone in the western basin, but shale in the east basin is more pliable and went down 210 feet. Arguably, Lake Erie’s next geological event of...

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