Category Archive: Biodiversity

Oct 17

A tiny green insect does major damage

Tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S have fallen victim to an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer. That’s not just a problem for forests. Trees are important for water quality. “The roots help control the nitrates and phosphates, which are some of the pollutants that can enter streams and waterways. They …

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Oct 16

A state that takes trout fishing seriously

More than a hundred years ago, Pennsylvania started raising trout in hatcheries and releasing them in state waters. Today, more than four million adult trout are released each year. Gary Smith of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says, “The primary purpose of our stocked trout program is to provide recreation for our anglers.” So he …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/a-state-that-takes-trout-fishing-seriously/

Oct 15

The wisdom in the adage ‘everything in moderation’

If you walk alongside a river, you might notice long strands of algae called Cladophora. Marc Peipoch of the Stroud Water Research Center says this type of algae plays an important role in streams. “Other small algae can take use of it and grow on top of the Cladophora or some insects will have some …

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Oct 11

One small turtle, one big reason not to let it go

Red-eared sliders are popular pet turtles. But according to Sara Stahlman of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, “People don’t often realize that these turtles can grow to be up to twelve inches, and they can actually live longer than 30 years. So most pet owners just aren’t prepared for that long-term commitment and so what they do …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/biodiversity/one-small-turtle-one-big-reason-not-to-let-it-go/

Oct 09

Lake Ontario’s Best-Kept Secret – Sand Dunes

Scientists work to turn back the sands of time. There’s a stunning 17-mile section of dunes on the eastern shore of Lake Ontario in New York. Formed by glaciers, the dunes protect wetlands, creating habitat for birds and fish. Thirty years ago, unrestricted access led to damage by all-terrain vehicles and over-use. Today, trails and dune …

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