CONSERVATION

Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city's eroded harbor. It's all part of Billion Oyster Project's restaurant shell-collection program.

The Connecticut River seen in Sunderland, Massachusetts.
Tom Walsh / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/wmass

Thousands of volunteers helped collect an estimated 50 tons of trash from the Connecticut River and its tributaries in four states last week.

Solar batteries are on steel platforms near the solar energy farm at the site of the old Mount Tom power plant.
Screen Shot from video by Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The site of the old Mount Tom coal-burning power plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts, is now home to batteries to store solar energy.

A barn swallow.
Linda Tanner / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/goingslo

Some bird lovers in western Massachusetts are concerned about the fate of a home for barn swallows.

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