ELi on Earth

Popular Quiet Water Symposium to Take Place March 4

Monday, February 27, 2017

This Saturday marks the 22nd annual Quiet Water Symposium, an event focused on non-motorized outdoor activities and environmental conservation. ELi's Paige Filice brings you the story.

What’s Happening in October’s Night Sky?

Friday, October 7, 2016

Astronomer Robert Victor provides ELi's readers news about our October night skies along with details about how you can start by heading to the MSU Observatory this weekend for Public Observing Nights.

Four Years After Application Submitted, DEQ Reviews EL Wastewater Plant's Permit

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Four years after East Lansing applied for a renewal of its expired environmental permit to dump millions of gallons a day of treated wastewater into the Red Cedar River, the DEQ is suddenly reviewing the application. A lot has happened at that plant since that application went in. The DEQ is giving the public only until Friday to weigh in.

Five Planets to Be Visible; Abrams Offers Viewing

Friday, July 15, 2016

Above: The moon and Venus, as seen from East Lansing a few months ago

This Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, mark the start of a five-week interval when all five bright planets or our solar system can be observed during evening twilight in East Lansing.

Eli on Earth: Grow a terrarium, for green inside and out

Monday, May 16, 2016

With summer headed toward  East Lansing, we will be seeing more and more green outdoors. If you want to add a touch of green to the indoors - without extensive care - terrariums are a great way to add a low maintenance garden to any space.

Don’t let your black thumb steer you away from trying a terrarium. There are plants that even the most inexperienced gardeners won’t be able to kill.

Transit of Mercury to Be Visible from East Lansing May 9

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Editor’s note: The author, Shannon Schmoll, PhD, is Director of MSU’s Abrams Planetarium. The photograph above is of SunSpotter in use showing an image of the sun.

When people think of astronomy, they often think of the stars and planets in the darkness of night. However, we have a rare treat of a daytime astronomical event coming up. On Monday, May 9, 2016, the planet Mercury will transit in front of the sun. Weather permitting, East Lansing residents will be able to observe the phenomenon as explained below.

ELi ON EARTH: Earliest Flowers Are Out in EL

Monday, April 25, 2016

Photo of a snowdrop flower with a honeybee in the author's East Lansing yard this past weekend

 

This past Friday’s equinox marked the beginning of the astronomical spring season, although usually it takes the climate of East Lansing a couple of weeks to catch up to the calendar. But the warm days of the last couple of weeks have brought on some spring blooms to coincide with the appearance of spring on this year’s calendar.

Bicyclists Concerned about Rapid Transit Plan

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bicycle advocates in East Lansing are concerned that CATA’s plan for a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) does not include more and better provisions for bicycle use in the downtown East Lansing/Grand River Avenue corridor. But City Planning staff told Council last week that CATA it is doing what it can while being hampered by space and funding limitations.

Eli on Earth: How does EL's recycling get sorted, and what can go in my cart?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Do you place bottles, cans or other recyclables in plastic bags before disposing them in your single-stream curbside recycling container? If so, it is likely that your recyclables are not actually getting recycled at all.

Curbside recycling materials picked up in East Lansing are combined with City of Lansing recycling items and hauled to ReCommunity’s Material Recover Facility in Ann Arbor. ReCommunity sorts the materials using a wide variety of manual and mechanical methods including vibrating screens, gusts of air, magnets and optical sorting.

You Think It's Cold Now?

Monday, February 1, 2016

[Editor's note: We originally ran this story in November, 2014.]

This is Geography Awareness Week, and so MSU’s Geography Chairperson, Prof. Alan Arbogast, wants you to be aware of geography. Explains Arbogast (shown above), geographers like him “think about location—where things are—but we also think about place. By ‘place’ we mean what makes a place distinctive. What makes it funky? Unique? Different? What makes it feel the way it feels?”

Local Weather Ruins Another Astronomy-Viewing Opportunity, But There’s Hope

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Above: The cloud cover in East Lansing this morning.

“Cement sky” is the term used by regular ELi on Earth reporter Aron Sousa for what we’ve got overhead right now. It’s the kind of sky that makes East Lansing’s amateur astronomers like Sousa unhappy. But these night-watchers are holding out hope that the cloud cover may yet clear and they may yet get to see the unusual delight of five planets all lit up together in our early morning sky.

Where do they Go and when do they plan on coming back? The mystery of bird migration

Monday, January 25, 2016

Great blue-heron spotted in Everglades National Park. Populations in Michigan are migratory and travel to the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America. Photo credit: Paige Filice

Michiganders know a thing or two about migrating south. In fact 7% of Florida’s seasonal population are Michigan residents, according to a 2004 study conducted by the University of Florida.

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