Environment

Environment
2:34 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Dakota Midday: USGS EROS Bird Study

The Ferruginous hawk will lose 21.2 percent of its range according to a new USGS study
Credit Terry Sohl

What birds will people see at their feeders sixty years from now? According to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, they could be different from the ones we see today. Climate and land use changes could have an impact on the ranges of bird species with some birds losing a significant amount of their current  range and others nearly doubling their range.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Dakota Midday: State Climatologist Dennis Todey

South Dakota isn’t the only state dealing with early cold. The whole nation is witnessing the coldest November weather since 1976. All 50 states have reported temperatures below freezing this week, including some mountain peaks in Hawaii.

The cold November follows an October with a national average of three degrees warmer than normal – the fourth warmest October on record.

State climatologist Dennis Todey joined Dakota Midday and explained the reasons for the early cold and discussed the difficulty in predicting this season's winter weather.

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Environment
10:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

KXL Fails To Pass U.S. Senate

Chris Fire Thunder chops wood at the Spirit Camp that sits on the proposed pipeline route near the Rosebud Reservation. Despite the frigid cold occupiers say they aren't moving until the Keystone Pipeline is stopped.

The U.S. Senate has refused a bill that would send approval of the Keystone Pipeline project to the president’s desk.

Those opposing the Keystone pipeline are claiming a small victory.   Keith Fielder is one of the occupiers at the "Spirit Camp" on the pipeline route near the Rosebud Reservation.   He says the short term construction jobs aren’t worth the long term threat to the water supply from an oil spill.

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Environment - Wind Cave - Meetings
3:29 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Wind Cave National Park Public Meetings

Ancient buffalo jump on Casey Addition to Wind Cave National Park.
Credit Photo by Jim Kent

A series of public meetings are being held across western South Dakota this week by the National Park Service. This is the last opportunity to offer comments on the Visitor Use Plan for the recent Casey Addition to Wind Cave National Park.

Wind Cave National Park has pursued public comments on a Visitor Use Plan since the Casey Addition was obtained in September 2011. The expansion of the park at that time consisted of a 5500-acre ranch that included a historic house and an ancient buffalo jump.

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Environment
1:02 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Asian Fungus Attacks Tiger Salamander

The Tiger Salamander may be vulnerable to a foreign fungus brought in through the pet trade.
Credit USD Graduate Student Drew Davis

South Dakota is home not only to mountain lions, but also tigers--tiger salamanders that is.

If you know where to look, you can find tiger salamanders across the state.    
 
But researchers fear these shy often elusive creatures could be wiped out by an invasive fungus that could come in from the Asian pet trade.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

USDA Funding to Help Honey Bee Habitat

A honey bee, with pollen attached to its hind leg, pollinating a watermelon flower
Credit USDA

Honeybees are a backbone of agriculture production. An estimated $15 billion worth of crops are pollinated by honey bees, including more than 130 varieties of fruits and vegetables. But the population of honey bees has been declining in recent years due to such causes as colony collapse disorder.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Fall Gardening Tips

Credit Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery

This week on Dakota Midday, Norm Evers answered listener questions about trimming apple trees, protecting trees in the winter, seeding lawns and soil moisture conditions in the eastern part of South Dakota. Norm Evers is Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University in Brookings and former manager of McCrory Gardens. He’s the owner of Norm’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora.

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Environment
5:48 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

National Bat Week

National Bat Week.
Credit USFWS

Halloween not only means trick-or-treaters, it’s also National Bat week.     Bats play an important role in controlling agricultural pests, not to mention mosquitoes. 

Research has shown that an average small bat can eat 600 to one-thousand mosquito sized insects per hour.    

But some timber industry officials in the Black Hills don’t like a proposal to list the Northern Long Eared Bat as endangered.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

SDSU Ecologist Receives Grant for Beaver Research

North American beaver

Beavers are ecosystem engineers that alter the landscape by cutting down trees, building dams and creating ponds. Many other species, from frogs to moose, rely on the habitat created by beavers. The animal is a “keystone species,” meaning they have a disproportionately large effect on their environment relative to their abundance.

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Environment
2:46 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Reducing Animal-Car Collisions

Credit USDA photo by Scott Bauer

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, there were over four thousand vehicle collisions with wild animals last year, mostly deer. 59 people were injured and one person killed. Across the nation there are about one million collisions each year that kill some 200 people and cause more than ten thousand personal injuries. The peak for collisions is in the fall when animals are on the move and drivers are more likely to be on the road at dawn and dusk.

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Environment
1:01 am
Mon October 27, 2014

A Call To Shut Down The EPA In The US Senate Race

A small deer thinks about crossing Bear Butte Creek downstream from the Gilt Edge Superfund Site in the Black Hills.
Credit Amy Varland

For U.S. Senate candidate and former Governor Mike Rounds the EPA has gone too far.  

Rounds and many others say the Environmental Protection Agency is an example of oversized federal government abusing its power and meddling too much in the lively hoods of people in South Dakota.
 
Rounds has spoken publically about eliminating the EPA, often to the cheers of those gathered in the crowd.
 
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray asks what it would really mean if the EPA went away in South Dakota.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Black Hills Artist and Environmentalist is Subject of New Film

Dick Fort

Dick Fort is an environmental activist who has been called the caretaker of Spearfish Canyon. He’s also a painter, sculptor composer, teacher, cross-country skier, fly fisherman, World War Two code breaker and winemaker. He was born in Mitchell in 1922 and was a professor of humanities at Chicago City college for 28 years. He is well known for his efforts to protect the beauty of the Black Hills as the founder of ACTion for the Environment.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Warm Temps Good for Fall Yard and Garden Work

With a forecast of temperatures in the 70s across much of South Dakota, this promises to be a good week for some fall lawn and garden work. Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about fertilizing lawns, trimming dead tree limbs, apple trees, fertilizing house plants, amaryllis and more.

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Environment
2:21 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

More Pheasants Expected for Hunting Opener

Credit South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks

Saturday is South Dakota's pheasant opener and hunters should find more ringnecks in comparison to last year. The state Game, Fish and Parks annual brood count survey showed a 76 percent statewide increase in the pheasants-per-mile index over 2013. Last year’s sharp decline in pheasant numbers led to Governor Daugaard’s creation of the Pheasant Habitat Work Group. The group presented its recommendations in September.

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Environment
2:57 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Dakota Midday Gardening Tips from Norm Evers

Autumn blaze maple foliage

Norm Evers answered listener questions about autumn blaze maples, raspberries, planting bulbs, hen-and-chick succulents, fall lawn care, sharing coneflower seeds and more. Norm Evers is Instructor Emeritus of Horticulture at South Dakota State University in Brookings and former manager of McCrory Gardens. He’s the owner of Norm’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora.

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Environment
4:50 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Getting Gardens and Plants Ready for Fall

A collection of succulent plants

Tonight marks the official start of the fall season. Leaves are starting to turn color. Gardeners are harvesting late season vegetables, preparing for the winter and making plans for next spring. Julie Hoffman of East River Nursery in Huron joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions, including how to bring succulent plants indoors for the winter.

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Environment
2:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Book Explores Life Lessons from Fly Fishing

David O'Hara and his book, "Downstream: Reflections on Brook Trout, Fly Fishing and the Waters of Appalachia"
Credit Kealey Bultena SDPB

David O’Hara grew up in the Catskill Mountains of New York, home to some of the most famous trout fishing streams in the world. Today he’s a philosophy professor at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, but when he gets the chance, he goes back to fish the familiar streams of his youth.

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Environment
4:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Early Fall Gardening Tips

Linden tree at the Morton Arboretum near Chicago
Credit Bruce Marlin

Cooler temperatures are hitting South Dakota later this week as fall gradually elbows summer out of the state. Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, joined Dakota Midday and discussed what lows in the 30s mean for area gardens, what to buy in gardening catalogs' end-of-season sales and the care of Linden trees.

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Environment
9:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

South Dakota's Magnificent Pelicans

Pelicans fishing at Lake Poinsett
Credit Karl Gehrke SDPB

A few weeks ago I was at Lake Poinsett in northeast South Dakota’s Glacial Lakes and Prairies region watching four white pelicans silently swimming about thirty feet from shore. It was a cloudy morning with a light wind blowing from the south. Every minute or so, one the large birds would plunge its long bill under the water, pull its heads back up and swallow a fish. As I watched them, several questions popped into my head. How do they find the fish? What kind of fish do they eat? Where do they breed? Where do they go during the winter?

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Environment
1:45 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Dakota Midday Gardening Tips from Norm Evers

Dragon Heart Geranium
Credit SDSU Extension

Although highs will return to the 80's in much of South Dakota later this week, there have been hints of fall lately reminding us that summer is winding down. Gardeners have been busy harvesting the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors over the past few weeks and will soon begin preparing for the winter months. Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery joined Dakota Midday and answered listener questions about taking care of geraniums and begonias over winter, planting cherry trees, the proper care of lilacs, fertilizing indoor plants and more.

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Environment
2:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Late Summer Gardening Tips

Rudbeckia
Credit Lucas Riebling

Southeast Tech Horticulture instructor Rick Abrahamson answered listener questions as part of Dakota Midday's semi-regular lawn and garden segment. Topics included the care and watering of trees and shrubs, late season vegetables, planting perennials seeds such as rudbeckia in anticipation of next spring, and fertilizing as fall approaches.

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Environment - Interns - Blog
4:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Badlands Tribal Youth Interns Start Blog

Santana Chips receives ranger hat from Badlands National Park superintendent Eric Brunnemann.
Credit Courtesy Badlands National Park

Members of Badlands National Park’s Tribal Youth Intern Program now have their own way to communicate with the public. The “Summer Intern Adventures” blog on the Badlands website allows the Native American high school students to share their thoughts about what they experience in the park on a daily basis.

“Reflections on Fossils”, “Environmental Stewardship” and comments from an “Aspiring Paleontologist” are just a few of the topics discussed on the “Summer Intern Adventures” blog.

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Environment
2:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Consumption Advisories Posted Due to High Mercury Levels in South Dakota Lakes

The state of South Dakota has released new consumption advisories in regards to high mercury levels that maybe found in certain fish. Walleye, bass, northern pike and black crappie are on the list.

Over 16 lakes throughout 14 counties in South Dakota have consumption advisories due to high mercury levels. Pat Snyder is an environmental scientist for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He says the mercury levels are high in certain lakes due to specific conditions.

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Environment
2:28 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Trees, Bugs, Clover and Cold

Rick Abrahamson, horticulture instructor at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls, answered listener questions as part of Dakota Midday's semi-regular lawn and garden segment. Topics included clover and mushrooms in lawns, staking and mulching trees, cool weather and bugs.

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Environment
3:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Missouri River Cleanup Efforts Gather 2.6 Tons of Trash

Volunteers from Pierre area businesses, churches and state organizations participated in a Missouri River clean up Wednesday. The 80 participants collected over 2.6 tons of trash.

The Pierre and Fort Pierre area has held a river cleanup annually for the past six years with the exception of the summer of 2011 when the Oahe Dam had record flows due to flooding on the Missouri River.

During this year’s cleanup, volunteers collected more than 1.12 tons of garbage; 1,900 pounds of lumber; 640 pounds of scrap metal and 540 pounds of tires.

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Environment
9:26 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Missouri River Touches Lives of Nearly Every South Dakotan

A view of Gavins Point Dam and Lewis and Clark Lake west of Yankton, SD

South Dakota Public Broadcasting is celebrating the state’s 125th anniversary with a look at the things that make South Dakota unique.  The Landscapes series visits people, places and experiences South Dakotans understand and treasure.  In this land of infinite variety, the Missouri River brings us together in one sense, creates a rivalry in another, and divides us in yet another.  

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Environment
2:29 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Ants, Creeping Charlie and Garden Flooding

Blanket Flowers are also known as Gaillardia
Credit thegardenhelper.com

Julie Hoffman of Easter River Nursery in Huron answered listener questions as part of Dakota Midday's semi-regular lawn and garden segment. Topics included flooded gardens, the proper treatment of Creeping Charlie, ant invasions and the care and keeping of blanket flowers.

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Environment
11:42 am
Mon June 30, 2014

SD Bat May Make The Endangered Species List

This Northern Long-Eared Bat was captured and released in the Black Hills during a bat study.
Credit Dr. Kristen Page / Biology Dept, Wheaton College

A small bat could be one of the next animals in the state to make the Endangered Species List. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering listing the northern long-eared bat, the species was decimated by “White-Nose Syndrome” in the eastern United States.   

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Environment
2:31 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Algae In Rapid Creek Warrants Study

Dr. Lisa Kunza of SDSM&T removes a sample of “didymo” algae from Rapid Creek below Pactola Dam
Credit Charles Michael Ray, SDPB

Anyone spending time along Rapid Creek may have noticed what looks like clumped up toilet paper in the water. It is, in fact, natural algae called didymo. Dr. Lisa Kunza, an assistant professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is studying the algae. She met with SDPB's Charles Michael Ray to discuss the impact the increase in didymo may be having on the Rapid Creek ecosystem.

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Environment
10:05 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Canton Battles Flooding; Cleanup Begins

Floodwater tipped this chest freezer in Art & Racine Kimball's basement in Canton.
Kealey Bultena SDPB

Southeastern South Dakota communities are cleaning up after severe thunderstorms dumped rain and hail across the region. Some places received more than eight inches of rain in just one day, and that’s leaving homeowners in Canton and nearby towns with serious damage. In this story, visit one of the hardest hit areas as residents try to dry out.

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