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Pollinator Week 2021: Celebrating Nocturnal Pollinators

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The busy bee. The fluttering butterfly. The thirsty, feisty hummingbird. These are the creatures we most commonly associate with pollination. And while their roles are central to this process, the concept of “out of sight… Read more

IDA Celebrates Endangered Species Day

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Every year on the third Friday in May, people all around the world celebrate Endangered Species Day by learning about and taking action to protect threatened and endangered species. Light pollution has significant impacts on… Read more

New Program Launches to Save Migrating Birds in Colorado, USA

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DENVER, COLORADO, USA (April 20, 2021)—The National Audubon Society, the International Dark-sky Association, and Denver Audubon have teamed up to launch Lights Out Colorado, a new program that aims to help Coloradans save millions of birds as… Read more

Black History Month: A History of Forced Illumination

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This year, in honor of Black History Month, we are starting conversations about racism and bringing awareness to the fact that light pollution disproportionately impacts the Black community. In fact, a recent study, which was… Read more

Bat Week: Shedding (Some) Light on Bats

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In celebration of Bat Week, we have teamed up with Bat Conservation International (BCI) to learn about bats. This article was created in collaboration with BCI and written by Dr. Kristen Lear, Endangered Species Interventions… Read more

New Research Strengthens Ability to Monitor Light Pollution From Orbit

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by John C. Barentine, Ph.D. Director of Public Policy Since the beginning of the Space Age, humanity has had a bird’s eye view of our planet, both day and night. On his first space voyage… Read more

Light Pollution Research Shows Humans and Wildlife Can Coexist

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It is no secret that light pollution has an impact on wildlife.  For billions of years, all life has relied on Earth’s predictable rhythm of day and night. It’s encoded in the DNA of all… Read more

Love the stars? Astronomers have a unique suggestion for Valentine’s Day

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PRESS RELEASE: February 11, 2020 from National Science Foundation OIR Lab Few sights are more romantic than a star-filled sky, but there are fewer and fewer places on Earth where we can still enjoy a truly… Read more

What Does Lettuce Have To Do With My Night Sky?

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by John C. Barentine, Ph.D. Director of Public Policy Residents of cities in towns in North America and Europe increasingly report strange glows in the night sky. Arizonans see their skies light up bright purple… Read more

Response to SpaceX Starlink Low Earth Orbit Satellite Constellation

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Tucson, AZ – On May 23, 2019, the spacecraft company, SpaceX launched a group of sixty satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO). Due to their reflective solar panels and other metal surfaces, the satellites are… Read more