Do Animals Have Personalities?

By Newsroom America Feeds at 28 Feb 2018

The Sierra Club Insider

Reject Trump's Infrastructure Scam

President Trump's so-called infrastructure plan is a thinly veiled attack on environmental protections such as the National Environmental Policy Act intended to pave the way for corporations to build pipelines and other destructive projects—many of them on public lands. Trump's plan even includes a horrifying provision that would give federal deputies the authority to approve pipelines through our national parks. Tell your representatives in Congress to reject any infrastructure plan that doesn't create family-sustaining jobs and invest in clean energy.

A City Faces Running Dry

Will Cape Town, South Africa, become the first major city in modern times to be almost completely without running water? As Day Zero approaches, Adam Welz reports on what it's like to live there as supplies run short. Read about how Cape Town is coping with a looming water crisis.

Photo by Adam Welz

Yes, Animals Have Personalities

In his latest book, Mousy Cats and Sheepish Coyotes, Dr. John Shivik reports on the latest research indicating that, like people, all animals are individuals—and their internal conditions and behavior patterns are major factors determining their outcomes. Learn how evidence of animal emotion and individuality is freeing wildlife biologists to use the term "personality."

Photo courtesy of John Shivik and Beacon Press

New International Journeys

Live in the moment on an enlightening journey to the most captivating corners of the world. Hike ancient Inca trails from historic Cusco to magnificent Machu Picchu in Peru; trek through the Himalayan foothills and help rebuild homes in earthquake-damaged Nepal; explore Roman ruins, archaeological digs, and castles along Hadrian's Wall in northern England—plus adventures in Africa, Central America, and loads more. Browse our new international trips and sign up.

Earth Day + Free Shirt

Over a billion people participate in Earth Day globally, making it the largest civic-focused day in the world. Here at home, Team Sierra's second annual nationwide Earth Day hike will take place on April 22. Join us by hiking in your corner of the earth to help us represent every corner of the earth. And if you raise $30, we'll send you our exclusive 2018 Earth Day T-shirt. Get started!

Are We Losing the Night?

Light pollution has increasingly obscured evening skies, blotting out the starry horizon our grandparents once knew. Should we think about the night sky as a natural resource that deserves preservation every bit as much as watersheds or wildlife corridors? Sierra sent Heather Smith to explore dark-sky parks, where it is still possible to see an unblemished night sky.

Photo by Harun Mehmedinovic

Where to Find a Dark Sky

Today at least 80 percent of people living in the United States and Europe can't even see the Milky Way. In response, conservation groups around the world have designated dark-sky parks, where it's still possible to see an unblemished night sky. Here are some of the best places in the world to take in the stars.

LGBTQ+ Adventurers Are All About Getting Out in the Woods

Groups like the Venture Out Project are getting the LGBTQ+ community out in the woods. What continues to draw them into wild places, many report, are the healing benefits those places provide, allowing people to escape everyday work and life concerns or the pressures of societal judgment. Follow Emily Zak as she joins a four-day Venture Out hiking trip through Olympic National Park.

Photo by Leah Nash

Help Create a Healthy Future by Donating a Vehicle

Is it time to take your gas guzzler off the road? Donate your car to the Sierra Club Foundation and you'll be doing your part for the environment—and be eligible for a tax deduction to boot. Our partners at CARS Inc. will pick up your vehicle from any location, no matter its condition. CARS accepts trucks, trailers, boats, motorcycles, and more. Your vehicle donation will help the Sierra Club Foundation continue its work protecting our air, water, and wildlands. Find out more about how to donate your car.

Support Organic Farming

The Organic Agriculture and Research Act now before Congress stands an excellent chance of being incorporated into the Farm Bill. Organic farming fosters healthier soil, safer working conditions for farmers, and healthier food for consumers—and organic food now accounts for more than 5 percent of U.S. food sales. But the USDA only spends about .01 percent of its annual research budget on organic farming, and American farmers are falling behind in the organic industry as a result. Ask your members of Congress to support funding for organic agriculture research in the Farm Bill.


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