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Next-Door Nature

Pristine mountain ranges and remote rivers may be spectacular, but there is something particularly special about the familiar, everyday ecosystems persisting within the urbanized landscape — our backyards, neighborhood greenspaces, and downtown parks. In these features from the latest issue of the Upstate Advocate, we call attention to the wildness close to home.

We hope it inspires you to explore and protect the beautiful, complex, and fragile web of life humming along right outside your door.

Nature and wildlife photography tips - November 1st, 2023

You don’t need expensive gear to shoot stunning nature images. Program & Event Coordinator — and talented photographer — Cathy Bester shares three key tips to better capture the wildlife around you. read more

By Cathy Bester

5 ways to cultivate a living landscape - October 31st, 2023

Whether your space is a large and luxurious lawn, a compact apartment balcony, or a plot in a community garden, you don’t need to take on daunting projects to make your property a welcoming habitat for local wildlife. Try one or more of these simple projects to make your property more nature friendly and full of life. read more

By Megan Burton

How developed land impacts urban waters - October 27th, 2023

Clean Water Specialist Rebecca Wade explains how stormwater from development and human activity can cause problems for urban waters — and ways you can help protect local waterways. read more

By Rebecca Wade

Healing urban ecosystems — the natural way - October 26th, 2023

Land Policy Manager Allie Martinsen explores ways that many communities are successfully addressing negative development impacts through effective, low-cost nature-based solutions. read more

By Allie Martinsen

Next-Door Nature: Explore the latest issue of the Upstate Advocate - October 25th, 2023

The newest edition of our biannual print publication explores the ecosystems persisting within the urbanized landscape — our backyards, neighborhood greenspaces, and downtown parks — in addition to sharing the latest news and updates from our team. read more

By Andrea Cooper

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