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Children under Dark Skies

 

dark skies matter

Children are our future. 

Astronomy was the first science, created by curious humans looking up in awe at changes in the night sky. We owe it to our children to provide them with equal opportunities for observation and science by bringing back our night sky. 

Dark skies help plants and animals

Turtles

Dark Ranger, Kevin Poe, explains how light pollution affects baby sea turtles and provides ways in which we can help them successfully make their journey from the shore to the ocean.

Birds

 The state of New York is to turn off non-essential lights in state-run buildings to help birds navigate their migratory routes in spring and autumn. Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings.

Insects

Learn why bugs are so attracted to light. Ever wonder why your porch light is covered at night with insects and moths? 

Plants

Now it looks like light pollution is influencing plant life cycles on the ground in an unexpected way – by changing the starting date of spring.Farmers and horticulturalists in the UK have noticed that spring is arriving earlier over the past few years in urban areas – up to 7.5 days earlier this year.

Dark skies help our health

AMA report

 On June 14 2016, physicians at the American Medical Association's annual meeting issued guidelines on how communities can choose LED streetlights to "minimize potential harmful human health and environmental effects."