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Environment

Filter Bed Substrates, Plant Types Recommended for Rain Gardens

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Urban stormwater runoff is causing problems for the world’s water sources. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency found stormwater runoff to be one of the top 10 causes of compromised environments in rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, bays,…[read further]

North Carolina State University

Environment

Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Arkansas

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Arkansas State Plant Board officials have confirmed that the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, has been found in Hot Springs, Clark and Nevada counties. Since 2009 the Arkansas State Plant Board and the…[read further]

By Arkansas Game and Fish

Science

Bats Use the Evening Sky’s Polarization Pattern for Orientation

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Animals can use varying sensory modalities for orientation, some of which might be very different from ours. Some bird species for example take the polarization pattern produced by sunlight in the atmosphere to calibrate their orientation systems. Max Planck Institute…[read further]

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Nature

How Honey Bees Stay Cool

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Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature. To protect developing bees, adults work together, maintaining temperatures within a narrow range. Recent research by Philip T. Starks, a biologist at Tufts University, shows that worker bees dissipate excess…[read further]

Tufts University

Conservation

Wetlands Are Just Ducky

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Mallard ducks monitored with satellite tracking technology during their 2011-2012 migrations extensively used public and private wetland conservation areas, a joint research program has found.

This is the first time that ducks have been so…[read further]

By Randy Mertens

Nature

Beware of Hungry Bears

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Black bears normally are shy and elusive, but the Missouri Department of Conservation urges those few Missourians lucky enough to see bears to keep them at arm’s length. Keeping bears wild not only protects people and property – it protects…[read further]

By Jim Low, Missouri Dept. of Conservation

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Ponderings

World-wide, almost one billion men smoke, including 300 million in China alone.

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