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04/26/18 (Thursday)

“The Value of Native Bees: Feeding and Supporting Our Communities” will be the topic of a presentation at the Center for the Environment at Catawba College in Salisbury on Thursday, April 26. Nancy Adamson, a pollinator conservation specialist with the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will talk about some of the 500 native bees that help bring food to our tables and enrich our communities. She will highlight native bees, their importance in local food production and their connections to our native plants, wildlife, and watersheds. She will also share resources for better supporting pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects that reduce crop pests.

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07/10/18 (Tuesday)

Four leading organizations - the Center for the Environment at Catawba College, Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Working Group, and Yellowstone Forever - are partnering to provide an opportunity for young environmental leaders to learn, create, share, interact, grow, connect, and build relationships.

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News from the Center

by Juanita Teschner

‘For me, it was life-changing’

Chance Ratliff could conceivably divide his life into “before NES” and “after NES.”

Before attending the National Environmental Summit for High School Students at Catawba College in 2015, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life; his current best friend hadn’t arrived; and he didn’t have a clue about who ran Environmental Working Group (EWG) in Washington, D.C., or Yellowstone Forever in Wyoming.

Now, after attending the summit for two years, he has a sure knowledge of what he wants to do in his life and his career; his association with another summit participant has engendered a three-year friendship; and Heather White, formerly executive director of EWG and now president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, has become a treasured mentor.

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by Guest Writer

Catawba College hosts National Geographic Explorer’s presentation on sustainability

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story by Spencer Dixon appeared in the November 21, 2017, issue of the Salisbury Post.

SALISBURY — The Center for the Environment partnered with Catawba College’s department of environmental sustainability to host National Geographic Explorer T.H. Culhane’s presentation “Synergies and System Thinking in the Service of Sustainability” on Monday night.

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by Rebecca Rider

The Power of a Story: National Geographic explorer uses stories to save lions

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story by Rebecca Rider appeared in the February 6, 2018, issue of the Salisbury Post.

SALISBURY — It was 2013 when Dr. Andrew Stein noticed that something was wrong in the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana.

Stein was a carnivore conservationist working in the region at the time when a colleague brought a long, drawn-out fight between the region’s lions and local people to his attention. In 2013 alone, more than 50 percent of the region’s lions had been killed — most by poison.

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by Juanita Teschner

Photo Contest at Catawba College Open to Salisbury/Rowan Community

The Catawba College Environmental Stewards Program, under the auspices of the Center for the Environment at Catawba, will conduct a photo contest that showcases the seasonal changes of the local environment. It is open to both campus and Salisbury/Rowan community members.

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by Guest Writer

Students Get Close to Nature during Catawba College’s National Environmental Summit

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story by Andie Foley appeared in the July 17, 2017, issue of the Salisbury Post. 

In a first-floor lab at Catawba College’s Center for the Environment, a group of nearly 30 teens has just trudged in from the nature preserve. They’ve worked in small groups to design devices for catching and inventorying wetland animals.

 

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Catawba and Sustainability Picture Book

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