Dark Skies Matter
Deborah Price & Rebecca Dickson
“Dark Skies Matter”...indeed they do. A visit to a dark sky location is a joy, but also a sober reminder of what we are losing. Not only is light pollution robbing humankind of opportunities to enjoy the wonders of the night sky, but also adversely impacting human health and the many wildlife species which rely on darkness for survival.
Deborah Price has coordinated a dark sky monitoring project for Boulder County Parks & Open Space for the past five years. The project is done in conjunction with other open space agencies along the Front Range. She is passionate about preserving dark skies, and likes the reminder it provides us that we are part of something much larger than just the Earth. Deborah also coordinates astronomy programs for Boulder County; many members have met Deborah at our Rabbit Mountain star parties.
Rebecca Dickson is the chair of the Sierra Club-Indian Peaks Group in Boulder County. She works to understand light pollution’s damaging effects on animals, insects, and humans and helps share that information with others. She has put on joint presentations with CU Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium and the International Dark-Sky Association on the dangers of light pollution and the wonders of a starry night sky.
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