The Lawrence City Commission agreed to proceed with a 2022 budget that increases utility rates but keeps property taxes flat after a public hearing on Tuesday.
As the Dog Days of summer slip away, here is a picture of a Sun Dog Day, taken on Sunday, with mini-rainbow bright spots to the right and left of the setting sun. Sun Dogs are caused by sunlight reflecting off ice crystals in cirrus clouds formed by an isolated thunderstorm that injected moisture into the stratosphere.
Monarch butterflies have benefitted from enough moisture and not too much heat to recolonize well in this region.
Showy partridge pea, a native annual, yellow-flowered legume, has begun to bloom in area prairies. Ragweed will be pollinating soon.
“I thought I would write up and share a few of my favorite off-the-beaten-path corners of Douglas County,” Dan Coleman writes.
The Perseid meteor shower will be peaking Wednesday evening/Thursday morning after midnight, and with moonless skies, if the clouds don’t interfere, you could see more than 100 meteors per hour.
When it gets too hot and dry, some animals aestivate, a type of summer hibernation where they typically hole up in the ground and wait for cooler, moister conditions.
A European ferret who participated in an experimental cloning program to try to save endangered black-footed ferrets has found a new home at Lawrence’s Prairie Park Nature Center, according to the city.
Now is the time to enjoy the purple wildflower called gayfeather or blazing star.
Katydids fill the night with their song and lightning bugs and crickets continue. With cicadas droning in the daytime heat and the full moon, the evening is full of wildlife activity – look for treefrogs on your window, ready to catch a moth or two.
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