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High Bat Mortality from Wind Turbines

A new estimate of bat deaths caused by wind turbines concludes that more than 600,000 of the mammals likely died this way in 2012 in the contiguous United States. The estimate used sophisticated statistical techniques to infer the probable number…[more]

American Institute of Biological Sciences


The People’s Choice: Americans Would Pay to Help Monarch Butterflies

Americans place high value on butterfly royalty. A recent study suggests they are willing to support monarch butterfly conservation at high levels, up to about 6 ½ billion dollars if extrapolated to all U.S. households.

If even a…[more]

US Geological Survey


Spiders Are Not All Bad

Yes, they have four times as many legs as humans, and for a few weeks each year, they might be used to wring screams of terror from unsuspecting victims, but the truth is spiders are mostly peace loving friends of…[more]

By Leilana McKindra, Oklahoma State University

River Otters Show Evidence of Banned Toxins

Researchers in Illinois discovered something very disturbing: river otters have been exposed to dangerous chemicals and pesticides that were banned decades ago. In some cases, the concentrations of chemicals in the otters’ livers exceeded otters examined before the compounds were…[more]

By Robert J. Korpella

Health of Honey Bees Adversely Impacted by Selenium

Traditionally, honey bee research has focused on environmental stressors such as pesticides, pathogens and diseases. Now a research team led by entomologists at the University of California, Riverside has published a study that focuses on an anthropogenic pollutant: selenium (Se).…[more]

University of California - Riverside


Diesel Exhaust Prevents Honeybees from Finding the Flowers They Want to Forage

Honeybees use floral odors to help locate, identify and recognize the flowers from which they seek nectar. But, exposure to common air pollutants found in diesel exhaust pollution can affect the ability of honeybees to recognize those odors.


University of Southampton


Missouri Ponds Provide Clue to Killer Frog Disease

The skin fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), also known as amphibian chytrid, first made its presence felt in 1993 when dead and dying frogs began turning up in Queensland, Australia. Since then it has sickened and killed frogs, toads, salamanders and…[more]

Washington University in St. Louis


Artificial Lighting and Noise Alter Bird Biorhythms

Noise from traffic and artificial night lighting cause city-dwelling birds to become active up to five hours earlier in the morning than birds in more natural areas, according to a recent study. Scientists reported that these findings showed how ambient…[more]

Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research


Earthworms Can Survive Extended Droughts

Earthworms are a welcomed sight in many gardens and yards since they can improve soil structure and mixing. But they are difficult to find in drier soils where water and organic matter is limited. Adding earthworms to fields where they…[more]

American Society of Agronomy


House Finches Hit by Disease Linked to Bird Feeders

House finches, those numerous red-streaked and brown-streaked birds all over Arkansas, have been hit by an outbreak of a disease that may be spawned at bird feeders. Karen Rowe, nongame migratory bird program coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish…[more]

By Arkansas Game and Fish
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