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The Surprising Ecology of Dust (1)

High in the snowfields atop the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, things are not as pristine as they used to be. Dust from the desert Southwest is sailing into the Rockies in increasing quantities and settling onto the snow that covers… read more “The Surprising Ecology of Dust (1)”

Crime-Scene Technique Used to Track Turtles

Scientists have used satellite tracking and a crime-scene technique to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean. University of Exeter researchers measured “stable isotope ratios” – a chemical signature also used by forensic scientists – to… read more “Crime-Scene Technique Used to Track Turtles”

More Milkweeds Throughout the Landscape Can Help M..

Adding milkweeds and other native flowering plants into midwestern agricultural lands is key to restoring monarch butterflies, with people sooweing milkweed everywhere they can being critically needed for success. In a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the University… read more “More Milkweeds Throughout the Landscape Can Help Monarchs”

‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanis..

Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn’t be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But splattered insects have gone the way of the Chevy Nova — you just don’t see them on the road… read more “‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanish from nature preserves”

Trees and the Water Cycle

Water Is Lifeblood Water is the lifeblood of our planet. In fact from rainforest to desert, prairie to arctic, the amount of water available is the central determinant in classifying ecotypes. No living organisms escape the need for water as… read more “Trees and the Water Cycle”