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Notes from IDA at the 37th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium

The International Sea Turtle Society’s 37th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium on Sea Turtle and Biology (ISTS) was attended by IDA’s Technical Director Pete Strasser, who was invited to give a presentation about IDA’s work in… Read More

International Dark Sky Week: 5 Ways to Support Dark Skies Right Now

The nighttime environment is a crucial natural resource for all life on Earth, but the glow of uncontrolled outdoor lighting has hidden the stars, radically changing the nighttime environment. International Dark Sky Week draws attention… Read More

SKYGLOW: Hunting the Dark

Pursued in collaboration with the International Dark-Sky Association, SKYGLOW explores the history and mythology of celestial observation and the Dark Sky Movement that's fighting to reclaim the night skies.  There’s no such thing as a snapshot… Read More

Contact Your Elected Official to Fight Against Blue-Rich LED Street Lighting

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Many cities across the globe are replacing their older street lights with newer LED technology. Specifically, with the blue-rich white LED (light-emitting diode) lighting. While many praise the LED conversions as a money saving and… Read More

Two Newly Named National Monument’s a Wonderful End-of-Year Gift to Us All

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IDA is ending 2016 with the wonderful news of President Obama's designation of two new national monuments - one in Utah and one in Nevada - setting aside an additional 1.65 million acres into the… Read More

Call to Action! Contact Chicago’s Administration to Demand a Responsible Outdoor Lighting Plan

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IDA's Executive Director, Scott Feierabend has sent an urgent letter to Chicago's Mayor, Rahm Emanuel's regarding the proposed outdoor lighting plan. This letter urges Emanuel and his Administration to choose a safe, responsible outdoor lighting… Read More

Why is Blue Light at Night Bad?

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The Harvard Health Publications article, "Blue light has a dark side," describes artificial lighting that emits the blue color spectrum light throws off the body's circadian rhythm off balance. While not all colors have the same negative… Read More

“Saving the Desert’s Dark Skies”; A Sixth Grader’s Poem Defending the Night Skies

Stars and the Milky Way above a hillside of Saguaro cactus east of Peridot, Arizona.

Recently, IDA received an email with a poem written by Xander Clinkingbeard, a sixth grader in Tucson, AZ. Following a presentation he watched at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum put on by Tucson's IDA chapter members… Read More

5 Ways to Celebrate Dark Sky Week!

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1. During International Dark Sky Week, get together with friends and family and go outside at night. A lot of us don’t take the opportunity to experience the nighttime environment. Go outside, look up and… Read More

Dark Skies Over the Bears Ears

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Guest Post by Stewart Aitchison Most of the proposed 1.9 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah is blessed with extraordinary dark skies. For at least 12,000 years, from paleo-hunter/gatherers to modern farmers, ranchers… Read More