Hand rearing for penguin conservation- latest science bulletin

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I Thought Ladybugs Would be Easy

I Thought Ladybugs Would be Easy.

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For the love of insects!

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of insects and the day of love, the Xerces Society is showcasing insect short films on their facebook page. I thought I’d share a few of the short films, especially with the oscars around the corner.

The last film, a little longer, was a winner at SXSW and a bunch of other festivals, it features the issue of invasive species and extinctions of Australia/New Zealand islands but particularly highlights a special stick insect I’ve written about before!

Enjoy!

Snouth Beetle from séraphin vogrig on Vimeo.

Insect Poetry from Marilyn Zornado on Vimeo.

Sticky from jilli rose on Vimeo.

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Ruminations on Tree Planting and Prairie Conservation

Originally posted on The Prairie Ecologist:

Trees are great, but trees in and around prairies can negatively impact habitat quality for many grassland plant and animal species and provide points of introduction for invasive species.  Encroachment by trees has become a major threat to prairie conservation in many landscapes.  

A few months ago, I cut across the courthouse lawn on my way home from the office (I was walking – it’s a small town).  On the west side of the courthouse, there are a number of statues and other monuments memorializing veterans of various wars.  In the midst of those, however, is a very different kind of memorial (pictured below).  This plaque-on-concrete memorial got me thinking – yet again – about our relationships with trees, our desire to plant and care for them, and how that affects our former, current, and future relationship with prairie.

We love trees so much, we use them to memorialize important events and people in our lives.  Sometimes, we then create memorials to honor people who plant trees! We love trees so much, we use them to memorialize…

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Make the Most of Holiday Trees

Originally posted on Oakmoss Education:

If you were unable to take up our suggestion of using a live tree in your holiday celebrations but, instead, employed a cut tree, do not toss the remnants on the curb. The best option is to put the tree in your landscape, at least temporarily, and offer a refuge for wildlife over the next few months. Many birds, small mammals and other critters will appreciate it and make great use of a fading conifer for protection from weather and predation.

Don't toss that tree on the curb - make it work for healthier ecosystems! Don’t toss that tree on the curb – make it work for healthier ecosystems!

Better still, you can begin building a brushpile with your tree and the downed limbs or twigs that accumulate over the Winter. The brushpile breaks down over time enriching the soil around the area and you can simply keep it going for many years adding to the pile as material presents itself in your landscape…

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Latest Science Bulletins: Cuckoos

Have you heard of brood parasitism? Basically, a bird, a cuckoo in this case, lays its own egg in another bird’s nest and leaves it there for the other bird to raise its young, which it does because the cuckoo baby can sound like, look like, or mimic the mouth markings of the host bird. How does the host bird fight back? Perhaps by recognizing the cuckoo egg pattern and kicking it out of the nest. Check out out bulletin and the below picture of the wonder that is brood parasitism!

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Climate March

Just a quick note about the Climate March on Sept. 21st in NYC- I attended and it was a great experience. Here are a few accounts from some Switzer Fellows, including me!: http://switzernetwork.org/fellows-news/fellows-nyc-peoples-climate-march

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