Archive for the ‘Wildlife and Habitat’ Category

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…)

Jul15

Saving the bees

Honeybee on Flower

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In recent years, bee populations have been shrinking at an alarming rate.  According to the Department of Agriculture, managed honeybee colonies lost almost a quarter of their numbers over the past winter alone.  These rapid declines in bees and other pollinators in the United States threaten billions of dollars in crops. (more…)

Jul14

The warm Pacific caused our weird winter

pacific ocean

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Last winter was one of the coldest on record in the American Midwest.  Northeastern cities were buried in snow.  Meteorologists kept talking about the “polar vortex”.  And meanwhile, western states were unseasonably warm and were stricken by drought.  By all accounts, it was a weird winter. (more…)

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