In the News from /article/ en Copyright 2013 2013-05-17T15:38:01-06:00 Insecticides Lead Aquatic Insects to Starvation /article/insecticides_lead_aquatic_insects_to_starvation/ /article/insecticides_lead_aquatic_insects_to_starvation/#When:15:38:01Z Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides that are chemically related to nicotine. These insecticides affect the nerve synapses of insects, and neonicotinoids are popular for their solubility in water. Plants absorb the chemical, which is often applied to the soil to reduce its chances of drifting through the air. However, the solubility that makes neonicotinoids prized for controlling… Nature and Wildlife, Environment 2013-05-17T15:38:01-06:00 Groundwater Unaffected by Shale Gas Production in Arkansas /article/groundwater_unaffected_by_shale_gas_production_in_arkansas/ /article/groundwater_unaffected_by_shale_gas_production_in_arkansas/#When:20:06:00Z A new study by scientists at Duke University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas. “Our results show no discernible impairment of groundwater quality in areas associated with natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in this region,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at… Nature and Wildlife, Environment 2013-05-16T20:06:00-06:00 Five Year Missouri Poaching Case Against 46 Ends in Federal Court /article/five_year_missouri_poaching_case_against_46_ends_in_federal_court/ /article/five_year_missouri_poaching_case_against_46_ends_in_federal_court/#When:18:33:00Z The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently wrapped up a major special investigation involving 46 individuals that began in 2008. Operation “Pulling Wool” came to a close on April 25 with a final conviction in Federal Court. The last defendant charged in the operation was found guilty by a United States Magistrate… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-16T18:33:00-06:00 Prescribed Burning in Growing Season Training Scheduled /article/prescribed_burning_in_growing_season_training_scheduled/ /article/prescribed_burning_in_growing_season_training_scheduled/#When:18:32:00Z It might sound crazy, but prescribed burning during the summer months is just as, if not more, effective than the traditional spring burns. To help people understand how growing season burns are not actually crazy at all, Oklahoma State University’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is hosting a training seminar in Stillwater. The Learning… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-16T18:32:00-06:00 MU Bobwhite Quail/Native Pollinator Field Day Set for June 20 /article/mu_bobwhite_quail_native_pollinator_field_day_set_for_june_20/ /article/mu_bobwhite_quail_native_pollinator_field_day_set_for_june_20/#When:18:30:00Z The University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center will host a bobwhite quail and native pollinator field day Thursday, June 20, 1-7 p.m. The free event offers landowners, farmers and wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about habitat-management for northern bobwhite quail and using native plants for landscaping. The field day includes field demonstrations, tours and presentations by agronomists,… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-16T18:30:00-06:00 Discover Nature in Columbia with Free Fishing Event June 8 /article/discover_nature_in_columbia_with_free_fishing_event_june_8/ /article/discover_nature_in_columbia_with_free_fishing_event_june_8/#When:18:29:00Z The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with Bass Pro Shop, Mexico Bassmasters and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invites families to discover nature at the 8th annual “Reel” Time with Kids free fishing event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Bass Pro Shop Sportsman’s Center, 3101 Bass Pro Drive in Columbia. … News, Newsworthy 2013-05-16T18:29:00-06:00 Musical Artist John Nilsen to Perform at Powder Valley Nature Center /article/musical_artist_john_nilsen_to_perform_at_powder_valley_nature_center/ /article/musical_artist_john_nilsen_to_perform_at_powder_valley_nature_center/#When:18:27:00Z There are different paths to discovering nature, and music is one of the most popular. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center will welcome popular northwest musical artist John Nilsen to a performance in the nature center’s auditorium Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Nilsen, a noted… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-16T18:27:00-06:00 Horticulture Workshop to Focus on Environmental Stewardship /article/horticulture_workshop_to_focus_on_environmental_stewardship/ /article/horticulture_workshop_to_focus_on_environmental_stewardship/#When:18:25:00Z Consumers who have a passion for their landscapes and related gardening matters should make plans to attend the Current Challenges in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture workshop slated June 4 at Oklahoma State University. Workshop sessions will take place at the Wes Watkins Center, followed by a field trip to The Botanic Garden at OSU. Mike Schnelle,… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-16T18:25:00-06:00 Free Community Forestry Workshop in Kansas City, and Webinar /article/free_community_forestry_workshop_in_kansas_city_and_webinar/ /article/free_community_forestry_workshop_in_kansas_city_and_webinar/#When:18:24:00Z The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host a community forestry workshop 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City. Experts will discuss urban tree issues, research findings, and trends regarding trees on public and private lands. The workshop will discuss the benefits of public trees and… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-16T18:24:00-06:00 UpStream Art on Display During Rogers Third Friday Festivities /article/upstream_art_on_display_during_rogers_third_friday_festivities/ /article/upstream_art_on_display_during_rogers_third_friday_festivities/#When:18:22:02Z One of the most unique public art projects n Arkansas is one that adorns storm drains across Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale. Staring this Friday, art lovers will have a chance to see all of these sometimes-whimsical, but always educational, 2013 Upstream Art pieces in one place. “If you would like to see the entire 2013 collection of… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-16T18:22:02-06:00 Decades-Old Nitrate Found to Affect Stream Water Quality /article/decades_old_nitrate_found_to_affect_stream_water_quality/ /article/decades_old_nitrate_found_to_affect_stream_water_quality/#When:18:38:00Z USGS hydrologic researchers have found that the movement of nitrate through groundwater to streams can take decades to occur. This long lag time means that changes in the use of nitrogen-based fertilizer (the typical source of nitrate) — whether the change is initiation, adjustment, or cessation — may take decades to be fully observed in streams. Water quality… Nature and Wildlife, Environment 2013-05-09T18:38:00-06:00 West Fork Watershed Cleanup Needs Volunteers Saturday May 25th! /article/west_fork_watershed_cleanup_needs_volunteers_saturday_may_25th/ /article/west_fork_watershed_cleanup_needs_volunteers_saturday_may_25th/#When:18:16:02Z Help us pick up trash on the river and keep our drinking water clean. It’s easy! Just join the fun at the 8th Annual West Fork Watershed Cleanup from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at West Fork Riverside Park, located off state Hwy. 170 in quaint downtown West Fork, Ark. Volunteers will check in from 8-9:30 a.m.… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-09T18:16:02-06:00 Pulaski County Native Has Lived Turkey Hunting History /article/pulaski_county_native_has_lived_turkey_hunting_history/ /article/pulaski_county_native_has_lived_turkey_hunting_history/#When:16:56:00Z The history of turkey hunting in Missouri has been chronicled in books, magazines, and newspapers, but for capturing the excitement of the early years and the progress made, it’s hard to beat spending a morning with Jim Greenstreet. Greentstreet was 25 years old in 1960. He and his father,… News, People 2013-05-09T16:56:00-06:00 Eastern Redcedar Landowner Workshop Slated May 18 /article/eastern_redcedar_landowner_workshop_slated_may_18/ /article/eastern_redcedar_landowner_workshop_slated_may_18/#When:16:43:00Z Eastern redcedar trees are everywhere in Oklahoma. Left uncontrolled, the species can quickly take over. However, once trees are established, landowners have an opportunity to provide quality wood products utilized for furniture, fences, cabinets, decking and much more. Because the eastern redcedar market tends to be quite sporadic, landowners often have a hard time connecting with the logging… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-09T16:43:00-06:00 Happy Fish, Sea Monkeys Help Bring Storm Drain Message Home in NW Arkansas /article/happy_fish_sea_monkeys_help_bring_storm_drain_message_home_in_nw_arkansas/ /article/happy_fish_sea_monkeys_help_bring_storm_drain_message_home_in_nw_arkansas/#When:16:36:00Z Happy fish, sea monkeys, flowers and local landmarks are all part UpStream Art 2013, the second year of a public art campaign to show that storm drains carry runoff directly into nature and not to wastewater processing. “Many people are unaware… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-09T16:36:00-06:00 Two Environmental Law Enforcement Officer Trainings Slated /article/two_environmental_law_enforcement_officer_trainings_slated/ /article/two_environmental_law_enforcement_officer_trainings_slated/#When:16:35:00Z If you take a drive down the back roads of Oklahoma, it is likely you will find an illegal dump site. While they are unsightly, illegal, and can cause damage to the environment, they are also unattractive and could possibly diminish property values. In an effort to help prevent these dump sites from popping up, the Oklahoma Cooperative… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-09T16:35:00-06:00 Plan a Family Evening of Fun at The Botanic Garden at OSU May 10 /article/plan_a_family_evening_of_fun_at_the_botanic_garden_at_osu_may_10/ /article/plan_a_family_evening_of_fun_at_the_botanic_garden_at_osu_may_10/#When:16:33:03Z The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University will celebrate National Public Garden Day (NPGD) May 10. The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) created NPGD in 2009 to help raise awareness of public gardens and the critical role they play in today’s environment, educational system and cultural world. Each year, more than 500 botanic gardens, arboreta, educational gardens, farm… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-09T16:33:03-06:00 It’s May. It’s Arkansas. It’s Snowing. /article/its_may_its_arkansas_its_snowing/ /article/its_may_its_arkansas_its_snowing/#When:18:58:00Z Hello snow. Goodbye zucchinis. Friday’s snowfall in northwest Arkansas was a record setter. Never before had snow been recorded in May in Arkansas, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures dropped steeply with the snow and a freeze watch was posted… Nature and Wildlife, Environment 2013-05-03T18:58:00-06:00 Substances in Honey Increase Bee Detox /article/substances_in_honey_increase_bee_detox/ /article/substances_in_honey_increase_bee_detox/#When:18:02:00Z Research in the wake of Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious malady afflicting (primarily commercial) honey bees, suggests that pests, pathogens and pesticides all play a role. New research indicates that the honey bee diet influences the bees’ ability to withstand at least some of these assaults. Some components of the nectar and pollen grains bees collect to manufacture food to… Nature and Wildlife, Science 2013-05-03T18:02:00-06:00 Amphibians Living Close to Farm Fields Are More Resistant to Common Insecticides /article/amphibians_living_close_to_farm_fields_are_more_resistant_to_common_insecti/ /article/amphibians_living_close_to_farm_fields_are_more_resistant_to_common_insecti/#When:16:20:00Z Amphibian populations living close to agricultural fields have become more resistant to a common insecticide and are actually resistant to multiple common insecticides, according to two recent studies conducted at the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt researchers demonstrated that tadpoles from populations close to farm fields are more resistant to chlorpyrifos—one of the most commonly applied insecticides in the… Nature and Wildlife, Environment 2013-05-03T16:20:00-06:00 Webster County Master Gardener Plant Sale Set for May 11 /article/webster_county_master_gardener_plant_sale_set_for_may_11/ /article/webster_county_master_gardener_plant_sale_set_for_may_11/#When:16:01:01Z Contact: Bob Schultheis, natural resource engineering specialist Tel: (417) 859-2044 E-mail: The annual Webster County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon (or until all plants sell out) on Saturday, May 11, at the Webster County Extension Center, 800 S. Marshall St. (next to City Hall), in Marshfield.… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-03T16:01:01-06:00 Children’s Programs Connect People, Plants and Environment /article/childrens_programs_connect_people_plants_and_environment/ /article/childrens_programs_connect_people_plants_and_environment/#When:18:04:00Z The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University is excited to announce some new fun and educational programs that will be offered during the open houses taking place at the garden. The Botanic Garden Kids Look, Learn – See Them Grow Series is designed to help children understand the connections among people, plants and the environment. Laura Payne, volunteer… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-02T18:04:00-06:00 MDC to Hold Vehicle and Equipment Auction June 1 in Salem /article/mdc_to_hold_vehicle_and_equipment_auction_june_1_in_salem/ /article/mdc_to_hold_vehicle_and_equipment_auction_june_1_in_salem/#When:18:03:00Z he Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will hold a public auction for various used vehicles and equipment on Saturday, June 1, starting at 10 a.m. at its Salem Maintenance Center, 1715 Hwy 32 West. The auction will include several dozen vehicles, along with ATVs, trailers, boats, outboard motors and other equipment. For a list of auction items and… News, Newsworthy 2013-05-02T18:03:00-06:00 Tiny Creatures with the Power to Change a Flower’s Nectar /article/tiny_creatures_with_the_power_to_change_a_flowers_nectar/ /article/tiny_creatures_with_the_power_to_change_a_flowers_nectar/#When:18:30:00Z Ants play a variety of important roles in ecosystems. As frequent visitors to flowers, they benefit plants in their role as pollinators foraginge on sugar-rich nectar. However, a new study reveals that this mutualistic relationship may actually have some hidden costs. By transmitting sugar-eating yeasts to the nectar on which they feed, ants may be indirectly altering the nectar-chemistry and… Nature and Wildlife, Science 2013-04-26T18:30:00-06:00 Toad Suck Daze and Riverfest: Two Great Central Arkansas Festivals /article/toad_suck_daze_and_riverfest_two_great_central_arkansas_festivals/ /article/toad_suck_daze_and_riverfest_two_great_central_arkansas_festivals/#When:16:52:00Z Get your entertainment fix with the two huge events that begin and end the month of May in Central Arkansas. As it has for the past 31 years, May jumps off to a hopping start with the Annual Toad Suck Daze. The 32nd edition is May 3-5 in Conway. The festival has a boatload of entertainment… News, Newsworthy 2013-04-26T16:52:00-06:00 Youth Conservation Corps Summer Job Openings /article/youth_conservation_corps_summer_job_openings/ /article/youth_conservation_corps_summer_job_openings/#When:16:48:04Z Click here for the Buffalo NR YCC bulletin and application form. Details: • Applicants must be 15 to 18 years of age during the program to be eligible. • Applicants will be selected from a random drawing and will be notified of selection. • Employees work… News, Newsworthy 2013-04-26T16:48:04-06:00 Boxley Valley Road Construction /article/boxley_valley_road_construction/ /article/boxley_valley_road_construction/#When:16:45:02Z CAUTION!! Road construction is underway in Boxley Valley in the Buffalo National River area. Parking areas for wildlife viewing will be installed to alleviate congestion and increase safety during high traffic periods. Construction may last 180 days. Boxley Valley, and the best locations for elk viewing, are found along a six mile stretch of Hwy 43 and Hwy… News, Newsworthy 2013-04-26T16:45:02-06:00 Abandoned Pesticide Collection Program Removes More Than 1 Million Pounds /article/abandoned_pesticide_collection_program_removes_more_than_1_million_pounds/ /article/abandoned_pesticide_collection_program_removes_more_than_1_million_pounds/#When:16:42:03Z A program to gather outdated, unused or otherwise unwanted agricultural pesticides to keep them out of the environment has collected more than 1 million pounds of pesticides, the Abandoned Pesticide Advisory Board said Tuesday. Reducing the risk of human and environmental exposure, plus having the chemicals properly disposed of at no cost to the farmers, “is a win-win-win… News, Newsworthy 2013-04-26T16:42:03-06:00 Exposure to Fine Traffic Pollution Particles Increases Heart Disease Risk /article/exposure_to_fine_traffic_pollution_particles_increases_heart_disease_risk/ /article/exposure_to_fine_traffic_pollution_particles_increases_heart_disease_risk/#When:20:49:00Z Over the years, a number of studies described various associations between road traffic and heart disease. Last year, one such study even demonstrated a link between traffic noise and the probability of suffering a heart attack. The latest study shows that long-term exposure to the type of fine particulate matter produced by traffic is directly linked to atherosclerosis,… Nature and Wildlife, Environment 2013-04-18T20:49:00-06:00 Damaged Section of Pipeline Removed in Mayflower /article/damaged_section_of_pipeline_removed_in_mayflower/ /article/damaged_section_of_pipeline_removed_in_mayflower/#When:19:42:00Z The damaged section of a pipeline that ruptured just over two weeks ago in Mayflower has been removed. Oil that spilled from the pipeline eventually made its way to a cove south of the main body of Lake Conway, but no oil has been found in the main body of the lake. The pipe will be… Nature and Wildlife, Environment 2013-04-18T19:42:00-06:00 Rewards Offered for Information on Bald Eagle Shootings /article/rewards_offered_for_information_on_bald_eagle_shootings/ /article/rewards_offered_for_information_on_bald_eagle_shootings/#When:19:37:00Z Agents for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the shooting deaths of two bald eagles. Cash rewards are available for information leading to convictions in the cases. On Jan. 17, MDC Conservation Agent Vincent Crawford found a dead eagle with a gunshot wound near the Panther Creek low-water crossing… News, People 2013-04-18T19:37:00-06:00 Ready to Burst? /article/ready_to_burst/ /article/ready_to_burst/#When:16:33:00Z The value of farmland has seen a significant increase during the last decade. According to a University of Missouri agricultural economist, low mortgage rates and record income per acre may be driving farmland values higher than is sustainable. “We’re looking at interest rates close to the lowest level in 60… News, Newsworthy 2013-04-18T16:33:00-06:00 Older Bucks Coming Through Oklahoma Check Stations /article/older_bucks_coming_through_oklahoma_check_stations/ /article/older_bucks_coming_through_oklahoma_check_stations/#When:16:28:01Z The management of the deer population falls squarely on the shoulders of the more than 250,000 licensed hunters in Oklahoma, and they have been doing a great job. Check stations throughout the state have seen increasing numbers of older bucks being harvested. The Quality Deer Management Association reported, from 2011 harvest totals, Oklahoma ranked in the top five… News, Newsworthy 2013-04-18T16:28:01-06:00 15th Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale April 27 at Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center /article/15th_annual_master_gardener_plant_sale_april_27_at_springfield_greene_count/ /article/15th_annual_master_gardener_plant_sale_april_27_at_springfield_greene_count/#When:15:59:04Z The annual Master Gardener Plant Sale in Greene County will start at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center located in Nathanael Greene Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Mo. Members of the Master Gardeners of Greene County gather plants to sell from their own gardens—and from the two city gardens that Master Gardeners maintain… News, Newsworthy 2013-04-12T15:59:04-06:00 Lake Conway’s Fish Deemed Safe for Consumption /article/lake_conways_fish_deemed_safe_for_consumption/ /article/lake_conways_fish_deemed_safe_for_consumption/#When:16:37:00Z The bream are biting at Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir. So are the crappie. And so are the bass and the catfish. These fish are safe to eat, according to the Mayflower Incident Unified Command, a coalition of public and private organizations leading the work on the oil spill at Mayflower. … Nature and Wildlife, Environment 2013-04-11T16:37:00-06:00