We've been hearing that the EL skunk population is unusually high this year, and seeing evidence in our gardens. ELi's Paige Filice explains possible reasons for the high numbers, and what you can do to avoid smelly situations.
Get stuff out of your house and into the hands of folks who can use it at the City of East Lansing's annual recycling event. You can also volunteer, for a great chance to serve your community and the environment. ELi's Cassandra Heos tells you how.
Several MSU student organizations are collaborating on The Big Green Gig, a celebration of Earth Day, in Valley Court Park this Saturday. The event will feature live music, plant giveaways and hands-on activities.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.