Archive for the ‘Wildlife and Habitat’ Category

Jul31

Lost in migration

European Robin

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For decades, scientists and researchers have wondered whether electromagnetic noise – emitted by our use of electronic devices such as cell phones, radios, and televisions – affects birds’ ability to migrate. (more…)

Jul29

Illinois microbead ban

Great Lakes

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Last month, Illinois became the first state to ban the sale of cosmetics containing plastic microbeads. (more…)

Jul25

Insect defense report card

Shipping Containers

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During last spring’s report card season, a little known government program received its grades. The program is aimed at defending our nation against the imported insects and diseases that harm trees, forests, and local economies. (more…)

Jul23

Versatile duckweed

Alligator in Duckweed

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Duckweed is a tiny and extremely simple flowering aquatic plant that floats on or just beneath the surface of still or slow-moving bodies of fresh water.  It is an important high-protein food source for waterfowl and is even eaten by people in some places.  Duckweed is extremely fast growing and is capable of doubling its population in as little as 48 hours.  In warm climates, it can grow pretty much anywhere. (more…)

Jul17

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic from the Pacific Ocean

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The Pacific Ocean hosts the largest trash dump on Earth.  It is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it’s at least as big as Texas but might be much larger.  Estimates are that it holds more than 3.5 million tons of garbage and at least 80% of it is plastic. (more…)

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