Introducing: The Western Night Skies Council

Introducing: The Western Night Skies Council Guest: Aubrey Larsen, Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative Download a high quality pdf of the article here Dark sky preservation is inherently a regional issue. One municipality or park can make a significant difference, but efforts to minimize light pollution will be far more effective if regionalism is recognized…

A high-tech town strives to shine less brightly

A high-tech town strives to shine less brightly Guest: Galen Gisler, Jemez Mountains Night Sky Consortium Download a high quality pdf of the article here A Return to Pristine Beauty Los Alamos is a small town of some 20,000 residents in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The town is well known for being…

Dark Sky Champions – Highlights from the 2020 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit

Dark Sky Champions – Highlights from the 2020 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit Two sessions featuring guest panelists from across Utah The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative in collaboration with the National Parks Conservation Association helped to develop two “dark-sky-themed” sessions for Utah’s 2020 Outdoor Recreation Summit. Now that the Summit is over, we are thrilled to share…

Introducing: Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah

Introducing: Dark Sky Studies at the University of Utah Guests:Ian Van Der Merwe and Sophie Bellina – DSS Minor StudentsStacy Harwood – Chair, City & Metropolitan Planning Department Download a high quality pdf of the article here The University of Utah is home to a unique transdisciplinary academic program – the newly developed Dark Sky Studies…

Part of the Solution – IDA Colorado

Part of the Solution – IDA Colorado Guest: Ryan Parker, IDA Colorado Chapter Chair In our first ever “video spotlight” we’re excited to introduce Ryan Parker, IDA Colorado Chapter Chair. In this brief interview Ryan talks about what being a steward of the night means to him, why Mr. Roger’s is one of his heroes, and…

Birds Need Darkness Too

Birds Need Darkness Too Guest: Cooper Farr Director of ConservationTracy Aviary Download a high quality pdf of the article here Picture a Western Tanager – a bright and colorful male tanager with a tropical yellow belly and bright red face. He’s making the long journey from his wintering grounds in Mexico to where he spends…

It Takes a Community

University of Utah students engage community members in night sky advocacy in Helper, UT Guest: Sophie Bellina Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative Assistant Coordinator Download a high quality pdf of this article here “Helper has amazing night skies that need to be preserved. When I stepped out of the car by the cemetery I almost…

All Aboard the Star Train!

Guest: Mark Bassett Executive Director of the Nevada Northern Railway Museum & Operator of the Nevada Star Train Download a high quality pdf of this article here “Especially out west, every town has mountains. Every town has a fishing lake. Every town has bike paths… but Ely is very fortunate in that we have dark…

The Importance of Cultural Astronomy

Guest: Kate Magargal Postdoctoral Research Associate in the University of Utah Anthropology Department Download a high quality pdf of this article here Cultural astronomy, through the exploration of archaeology and traditional knowledge, offers an avenue for exploring the broad scope of ideas, discoveries, and inspirations the night has informed over the course of human history…