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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, May 14

It's that time of the week again: time for Earthy Thursday! For this week we've gathered a wide variety of stories that discuss environmentalism, nature, and wildlife. Read on to learn about prehistoric mammals, puffins' recolonization of the American northeast, and the urbanization of local food. All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle.

First up, this story from io9 covers 10 ancient mammal species that, in writer Inglis-Arkell's words, "were way cooler than the dinosaurs." Don't believe her? Click the link and find out for yourself.

Next, we take a look at a puffin colony's repopulation of Maine, courtesy of this article from Here and Now. Find out how these coastal birds, who were once endangered along the coast, have made their way back over the course of four decades.

Do you feel like you need to get a way from the wired world of electronics and total information saturation? Well, one woman's embraced that life and wants to share her experience on "living off the grid" with the world.

We often think of local food as a rural phenomenon but what happens when it expands to the cities, where most people live? This piece from grist takes a look at how one startup is working to bring local food to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Have you ever acquired environmental or meteorological data and submitted it for research or cataloging? Well, if you were in Wyoming you may have just broken the law. Slate takes a look at the how and why of the state's bizarre ban on "citizen science."

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