Bird Count Shows Drop In Eagles

Dec 16, 2013
Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park held its 18th annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday. The event is an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to enjoy the outdoors while assisting the National Park Service in documenting wintering birdlife throughout the area.

Sixteen birders gathered to participate in the 2013 Christmas Bird Count. Sightings from portions of Custer State Park and the Black Hills National Forest were also included in the number totals.

Wind Cave National Park biologist Dan Roddy says it was an almost perfect day to be out birding.

"The Messy Science Of Sustainibility"

Nov 18, 2013

Dr. Elaine Jane Cole is at USD for a 3:30 talk today (11/18) in 207 Beacom Hall on “The Messy Science of Sustainability: Testing a Behavior Change Model to Address Environmental Problems.” She manages the Rock Creek Organic Learning Garden on Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus. The garden features composting bins and a sustainability designed straw bale tool shed. Food from the garden provides a partial supply for the cafeteria and is also  donated to local charities. The cafeteria staff harvests pre-consumer waste before it’s then to an on-site worm bin.

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum

An arboretum in southeastern South Dakota has a new space for educating people about the area’s trees. Supporters of the outdoor museum say the latest addition benefits people who want to learn about the environment.

The Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum sits on the eastern fringe of Sioux Falls. For people who aren’t particularly outdoorsy, an arboretum is basically an educational tree park.

Chuck Gullickson is president of the board of directors at the Wegner Arboretum Society. He says the location’s landscape offers a natural foundation for the tree park.

National Park Service Turns 97

Aug 23, 2013
Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

 The National Park Service turns 97 this Sunday. All Americans are being invited to visit their nearby national parks for special events that are taking place from coast-to-coast.

From kite-building demonstrations at Wright Brothers National Memorial, to a river paddle at New River Gorge National River to a scenic railroad ride at Steamtown National Historic Site, America’s national parks offer something for the whole family.

Wind Cave Celebrates Bison 100th Anniversary

Aug 16, 2013
Courtesy Wind Cave National Park

Wind Cave National Park is celebrating the anniversary of 14 American bison donated to the federal government in 1913 that would endure and grow to become the healthy herd of 400 that now roams the Southern Black Hills.

Today we visit descendants of those original bison with park personnel to discuss the herd’s history and the surprising story of their origin.

The Causes Of Climate Change

May 30, 2013

SDPB news reporter Victoria Wicks visited with Don Kopp, a forestry consultant and State Representative from Rapid City, and Pat Zimmerman, former Director of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, to get their takes on what causes the climate to change.

Tribes Plan For Future At Water Summit

May 28, 2013
Courtesy Mni Indigenous Water Summit Planning Team

Natives and non-Natives from across the continent journeyed to the 3-day water summit held on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Their time was spent discussing current concerns about protecting water sources as well as making plans for the future.

Mni Indigenous Water Summit spokesperson Candace Ducheneaux says tribal members from diverse backgrounds came to tell their stories about water issues.

Lakota Host Indigenous Water Summit

May 22, 2013
Courtesy Mni Indigenous Water Summit Planning Team

Native Americans from South Dakota are leading the effort to educate the public about water conservation, land restoration and clean accessible water. Grass roots Lakota tribal members are holding a three-day water summit on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Candace Ducheneaux is the water summit spokesperson. She says their goal, is to gain solidarity among the world’s indigenous populations in combating the world water crisis and the impacts of climate change.

Makers: Kathryn Johnson

Feb 15, 2013

Kathryn Johnson is the owner of Johnson Environmental Concepts in Rapid City.  Johnson was appointed to the Board of Regents in 2005 by Governor Mike Rounds.  She currently serves on the 2010 Research & Commercialization Council.  She was federally appointed to the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology, and is a member of the National Research Council Committee on Women in Science & Engineering.

Union County Reacts To Hyperion Uncertainty

Oct 2, 2012

The future of the Hyperion oil refinery proposed for Southeastern South Dakota is now up in the air.  The Texas based company did not extend its option to buy or acquire land in Union County on the site of the proposed refinery. 

Mines Medal Winner

Sep 26, 2012

University Distinguished Professor Diana Wall, director of the Colorado State University School of Global Environmental Sustainability, will receive the Mines Medal of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Thursday in Rapid City.  Wall is acknowledged as a leading expert on biodiversity through her research on microbial and invertebrate diversity contributions to productive soils.  As a member of a working group of the President's Council on Advisors on Science and Technology, her studies impact national policy responding to threats to the nation's ecosystems.