Written by: Addison Regennitter

There is no doubt that the biodiversity on Earth is at risk. Human expansion and climate change are the major factors causing this decrease in biodiversity. There is even certainty that we have yet to discover all of the species on this planet—even these unknown species are at risk from being lost forever before they’re found.

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Written by Sarahi Farias

Migration is the seasonal movement of animals from one region to another and it is an important aspect of well-being for birds. When birds migrate, there are many different things to take into consideration. What does a bird prioritize? Are they trying to get to their destination before any other birds (fly the fastest)? Are they trying to be as efficient as possible so as to not deplete their fat reserves? Or are they just trying to get there safely and avoid predators? We will go through these migration motivators and migration facts for some of our raptor ambassadors at The Urban Interface.

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Written by: Jorge Gonzalez

Dinosaurs inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. Pictured to the right is an artistic description of a species of Sauropod, a group of long necked, long tailed, four legged herbivorous dinosaurs. Not much is known of dinosaurs engaging in migratory behaviors similar to those that many birds display.

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Did you know that the Earth is the only known planet to have oceans on it? However, in recent years NASA has discovered that Europa and Callisto, two of Jupiter’s moons, may contain oceans underneath thick crusts of ice. NASA has also confirmed that Mars has intermittent periods of liquid water flow. On Earth, there is one global ocean which is composed of five ocean basins and seven seas and nearly 91% of the oceans inhabitants have yet to be identified. All of this could potentially mean millions of more animal and plant species may reside in these bodies of water that have yet to be recognized and are in need of our protection! Oceans, as far as scientists know now, are unique to earth – isn’t that amazing?

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ISSUE #1 – Don’t Get Salty!

This last month has been ‘tough’ on our ambassadors. From getting shiny new equipment, having their claws and beaks trimmed up, and enjoying some enclosure upgrades, you’d think they’d be excited about all the nice things we do for them, but they’re creatures of habit. They get a bit salty about change.

As it just so happens, TUI is focusing on oceans this month. So, in honor of those briny waves, and our slightly salty (at the moment) Ambassadors, we decided to dedicate this entire newsletter to the most abundant mineral on Earth: Salt!


Written by Andrea Lloyd

View of the Center for the Study of First Americans Laboratory

Up a flight a stair and down the hall, you’ll find the Center for Study of the First Americans, working to understand how the first people (PaleoAmericans) came to America through scientific research and processes. Right before you enter the office for the Center, a quick jab to the left reveals one of the anthropology department’s labs. You peer through the window provided at the door. Across several tables are bags of dirt or boxes—in those boxes more gallon bags of dirt. You open the door and take a step into the lab.

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Written by: Lindsey Silva

As a Postural Alignment Specialist, it’s my goal at Primal Alignment LLC to help my clients reduce or eliminate pain symptoms by helping them reclaim functional movement and correct joint alignment.

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Written by Andrea Lloyd

Image from EclipseWise.

On the evening of July 27th there will be the
longest total lunar eclipse in 100 years, lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes. If you’re not in North America, you’ll be able to see it. If you are from America, you’ll remember the solar eclipse from last August. But what is an eclipse?

Typically, planets, stars, and other celestial bodies pass in elliptical orbits – missing the shadows created by the sun. With a full moon, the moon’s light is actually sunlight reflected off the Moon’s surface. The moon reflects about 10 – 12%% of the Sun’s light.

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Written by:  Meagen Turner

Here at The Urban Interface, we pride ourselves on bringing nature to urban, well-developed areas. Some of the largest cities in Texas have done the same by introducing parks right in the middle of the cities biggest infrastructures. Cities all over America are starting to follow this trend, making parks much more accessible for people living in more urban areas to interact with nature. These parks consist of jungle gyms for kids, restaurants, concert stages, sporting courts, and incredible views. Even more than just being a place for people to reconnect with each other, the parks have introduced new homes for local plants and wildlife. This list will explain the importance of the parks to not only the people living in these cities, but the overall impact of steering our cities away from concrete jungles.

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The Wild Life Podcast is an online naturalist and biodiversity blog about wildlife and ecology. The Wild Life embraces curiosity, answers your questions, and reveals exciting discoveries through humor, story-telling, and interviews with leading experts. You can learn more about them at their Patreon, here.

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