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Small Changes, Big Impact

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IDA approved Dark Sky Friendly fixtures light only the ground where light is needed. It’s a simple idea that saves energy and reduces skyglow to preserve our view of the night sky. A consumer-based lighting… Read More

What Happens When we Flip the Switch?

You’ve discovered something that—without your help—much of the world may never come to know: the vast universe that exists beyond our urban and rural lightscapes. The short videos below are shared by just a few… Read More

Lights at Night Turn Nocturnal Pollinators Off

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Pollination is essential for the reproduction of many plant species. Some flowering plants rely on the wind or water to spread their pollen, but most depend on animals for pollination. Insects like bees, moths, and… Read More

Fireflies Need the Dark to Talk with Light

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The Effects of Light Pollution on Fireflies As light pollution spreads across our planet, we have to venture to more remote areas to enjoy the night skies. This is a minor inconvenience compared to the… Read More

“All Living Things on Earth Need and Deserve a Night Sky”

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  Growing up on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific exposed me to one of the darkest and least light polluted skies on earth. As a child, I would marvel at the impossibly huge number… Read More

Like moths to a flame: National Moth Week, and how you can help our nighttime wildlife

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Next week, as night falls, people across the USA and around the world will be found huddled in groups, waiting, staring into bright light sources. This is not some strange cult or ritual; in fact… Read More

Seabird Fatalities Caused by Artificial Lights

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By guest writer Airam Rodríguez, postdoctoral researcher at Estación Biológica de Doñana CSIC, Spain Human alteration of natural light levels in the environment increases every year and leads to the loss of natural nightscapes worldwide. Light… Read More

NPR’s WGCU Brings Florida Listeners to Big Cypress National Preserve Dark Sky Park

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Jessica Meszaros, the host of All Things Considered for WGCU News in Southwest Florida, takes listeners to a star party at Big Cypress National Preserve, an International Dark Sky Park. The story includes interviews with… Read More

IDA Weighs In On Interior Department’s Review of 21 National Monuments

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In response to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s proposed rulemaking to review the status of 21 National Monuments, IDA has provided extensive written comments urging the continued protection of the National Monuments and their… Read More

The Mission to Preserve Dark Skies is Critical and Inspiring

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"I DON'T WANT TO SEE THE NIGHT SKY FLOODED WITH LIGHT POLLUTION ANY MORE THAN I WANT TO SEE THE DAYTIME SKIES DARKENED WITH SMOG" -Keith Ashley, IDA Associate Director of Philanthropy   When I… Read More