Category Archive: Biodiversity

Jun 20

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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Jun 14

A Super Highway for Aquatic Invaders

The system of locks and canals that allowed ships to bypass Niagara Falls suddenly created a path for invasive species. Tune in to this highway of info: When locks and canals began allowing ocean-going vessels to by-pass Niagara Falls, they did more than open new trade routes to the west. Suddenly… Campbell: “Things like sea …

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Jun 12

Protecting a Stream’s Comfort Zone

Using a three-zone buffer system around a stream can dramatically improve water quality. Zone in on this: When we destroy the ecosystem along a stream, we threaten water quality, displace wildlife, and increase the risk of flooding. Robert Tjaden of the University of Maryland says that a three-part buffer between the water and adjacent land …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/protecting-a-streams-comfort-zone/

Jun 07

Bioacoustics in the Great Lakes

A “sound” strategy for learning about fish: Aaron Rice, of Cornell’s Bioacoustics Research Program, tracks fish populations and behavior. He does it using sound. Rice: “The advantage of using sound as a survey method is that with digital recording technology that’s available now you can take a hydrophone, connect it to a essentially waterproof computer …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/water-and-energy/bioacoustics-in-the-great-lakes/

Jun 05

Ciscoes: A Great Snack for Great Lakes Fish

A middle-of-the-food-web fish: Ciscoes were once abundant in the Great Lakes. But these native fish were depleted by overfishing, invasive species, and pollution. Ellen George, a grad student in the Cornell Department of Natural Resources, wants to see them come back. She says some of the invasive fish that replaced ciscoes in the food chain …

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