On the evening of July 27th there will be the longest total lunar eclipse in 100 years, lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes. If you’re not in North America, you’ll be able to see it. If you are from America, you’ll remember the solar eclipse from last August. But what is an eclipse?
Here at The Urban Interface, we pride ourselves on bringing nature to urban, well-developed areas. Some of the largest cities in Texas have done the same by introducing parks right in the middle of the cities biggest infrastructures. Cities all over America are starting to follow this trend, making parks much more accessible for people living in more urban areas to interact with nature. These parks consist of jungle gyms for kids, restaurants, concert stages, sporting courts, and incredible views. Even more than just being a place for people to reconnect with each other, the parks have introduced new homes for local plants and wildlife. This list will explain the importance of the parks to not only the people living in these cities, but the overall impact of steering our cities away from concrete jungles.
Frogs are important animals with many benefits within their natural habitats and for human beings. Unfortunately, amphibians have decreased across North, Central, and South America; Europe; Africa; and Australia. The global decline in frog populations can be linked to habitat destruction, climate change, pollution, and diseases.
When we think of a traditional garden, we see lines of plants taking up space in a backyard. A large garden might hold tomato plants, a series of lettuce, and other vegetables. Although admirable, not everyone has the space or time for such a patch of land. Today we explore alternative gardening methods that you could try in your own home.
This month we begin focusing on gardening and horticulture. To kick-off, we interviewed Logan Castagno, a Interior Plant Consultant with Southern Botanical. After her background, we dive into some of her favorite memories and parts about gardening. Logan then shares some inspiration for gardening newbies (in case her life story wasn’t enough!).
Last week we spoke with Shane Gebauer, President of Brushy Mountain Bee Farms, while at the Mother Earth News Fair 2018. He shares how bees make their beehives and what we can do to help bees build them.
Texas boasts over 3000 caves, caverns, and sinkholes. If you live in the state, there is likely one near you. Some of the most famous show caves include Natural Bridge Caverns, Longhorn Caverns, the Caves of Sonora, Cascade Caverns, and Devil’s Sinkhole. Here we use photos a particular cave to explore our topic: the Inner Space Caverns, found in Georgetown, Texas.
Without fail, each spring we receive calls and complaints about an animal nest around people causing problems. Most of the time these grievances are noise or poop related, two understandable reasons to grumble! While there isn’t anything we can do to relieve these people, especially if the animal is a protected bird species, it does raise a question:
Starting this month, we are unveiling a new series of themes! For February, we kick it off with Natural Construction and Structures. Nature has remarkable ways of creating structures, even without the anthropocentric tools like power tools and cement. Follow our list as we introduce five amazing structures in Nature.
Recently, a series of images surfaced on Reddit, featuring birds visiting people outside of their windows. Many of these photos were taken in cityscapes, far from any forest or natural habitat. Despite increasing habitat loss and fragmentation, birds have been able to make adaptations to the cities we live in.
Across the world, there are 23 species of vultures, of which 14 are threatened or endangered. Although they are "of least concern" on the conservation list, we can still learn and respect these creatures.
The Earth is constantly changing with its resources being depleted and entire species disappearing forever. Each one of us needs to take back a step an evaluate our relationship with the planet we live on. Are we contributing to the solution or to the problem? Everyone is at different levels of environmental sustainability in their household, but it is never too late to make a start. Here are six, simple ideas of how to be a little more environmentally-conscious this year.