Category Archive: Biodiversity

Nov 08

Holding the Invaders at Bay

On the lookout for invasive plants: When a new plant moves into a lake or stream, take note – it could be cause for concern. Sandra Keppner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that rapidly spreading invasive plants like water chestnut and hydrilla are causing big problems for New York waters. “We see …

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Nov 01

Not All Engineers Work In An Office

Build up knowledge on nature’s engineers  . . . Learn more: “Before European colonization, beavers would have been ubiquitous across the northern United States Great Lakes region,” explains Melinda Daniels of the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania. She says in developed areas, beaver dams can be a nuisance, “but if there’s room, beavers are …

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Oct 31

Trout in the Classroom

School is in session for these trout: Some students across Pennsylvania are helping raise brook trout in classroom aquariums. And it’s not just a front row seat to the life cycle of the fish. Amidea Daniel of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says the students also learn about water quality through hands-on activities – …

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Oct 28

A bird lover’s paradise

A bird lover’s paradise: The western basin of Lake Erie is for the birds! Over 250 species are recorded in the basin each year. Mark Shieldcastle of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory says the area has… Shieldcastle: “…Probably one of the largest concentrations of migrating songbirds found anywhere on the continent.” And at certain times …

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Oct 25

Hard to Tell the Good Guys From the Bad

There are thousands of different types of blue-green algae, and only a few produce harmful toxins. Tell your friends to listen to this: Blue green algae aren’t all bad. After all, there are about 6,000 different species… Boyer: And there are probably only a hundred or so that are known to make toxins that would …

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