Exploring the Ozarks Outdoors: freshare.net

Today on freshare

Science

Groundwater Patches Play Important Role in Forest Health, Water Quality

image

Even during summer dry spells, some isolated patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged.

These patches act as hot spots of microbial activity that remove nitrogen from groundwater and return it to the atmosphere, researchers from several institutions, including…[read further]

Virginia Tech

Nature

Home in the Business Park

image

Raptors won’t live in urban business parks with vast expanses of grass and parking lots. Research in St. Louis just completed by the University of Missouri shows that adding certain trees and tall grass will attract this wildlife.

Charles…[read further]

By Randy Mertens

Environment

National Water-Use at Lowest Levels Since Before 1970

image

Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010.

[read further]

US Geological Survey

Conservation

Little Evidence Conservation Organizations Respond to Economic Signals

image

A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study finds that nonprofit organizations aiming to protect biodiversity show little evidence of responding to economic signals, which could limit the effectiveness of future conservation efforts.

The study is published this week in the academic…[read further]

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Backyard

Protect Bulbs From Pesky Critters

image

As the weather begins to cool down, homeowners may notice the squirrels and other rodents in their yards are gathering food before winter sets in. Unfortunately, some of these yard dwellers may think a gardener’s freshly planted bulbs will be…[read further]

By Trisha Gedon, Oklahoma State University

Environment

Pharmaceuticals and the Water-Fish-Osprey Food Web

image

Ospreys do not carry significant amounts of human pharmaceutical chemicals, despite widespread occurrence of these chemicals in water, a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Baylor University study finds. These research findings, published by Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management is…[read further]

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Inside freshare

Ponderings

You actually burn more calories sleeping than watching television.

Ozarks Bloggers