Category Archive: Biodiversity

May 25

Mapping Endangered Fish in Illinois

Counting endangered fish is the first step towards protecting and improving their habitats. Dive in: One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…research biologist Phillip Willink, PhD, of the Shedd Aquarium is counting endangered and threatened fish. From there to here, from here to there, he’s also mapping their distribution throughout Chicagoland waters. He’s doing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/endangered-fish-count/

May 23

Planting Trees for Tribs

Trees and riverbanks make a great match in the great state of New York. Dig in: A New York state program called Trees for Tribs is behind an effort to plant 30,000 trees along the state’s rivers and streams this year. Statewide coordinator Sarah Walsh says trees and shrubs reduce erosion and stabilize stream banks—preventing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/trees-for-tribs/

May 22

Tee Off at Turtle-friendly Golf Courses

Thoughtful golf course design can make turtles feel at home. Listen up: You may not appreciate water hazards during your game—but for turtles they can be home sweet home. The way a golf course or country club is designed and managed makes a difference. Researchers found that more turtles make use of greenway ponds when …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/golf-course-turtles/

May 18

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/industrial-and-corporate-water-use/a-super-highway-for-aquatic-invaders/

May 16

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/

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