2014 Archives

Ratibida columnifera, courtesy American Beauties.

Five Native Plants to Add to Your Garden

3/4/2014 // By David Mizejewski

Spring will be here before you know it. Gardeners everywhere are itching to get outside and start planting. As you’re planning your garden and waiting for the weather to warm up, consider including a few (more) native plants. They’re the […] Read more >

In other Florida news: Crews on Thursday and Friday found a 1400-pound mat found on an undeveloped beach near Pensacola, FL. Crews will continue to investigate over the weekend. Photo courtesy FDEP.

BP Oil Sickened South Florida Fish: Study

2/28/2014 // By Lacey McCormick

Dissolved oil from the 2010 oil disaster may have moved as far south as Florida’s Sanibel Island, sickening fish along the way, new research from the University of South Florida suggests. The modeling results showing the dissolved oil could have […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Sara Lopez.

EPA Acts to Protect Salmon from Pebble Mine

2/28/2014 // By Tony Turrini

In tremendous news for salmon, wildlife, and people who prize solitude, spectacular scenery, and outdoor recreation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced it will initiate a formal process under the Clean Water Act to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from […] Read more >

Cougar at Charles Russell Wildlife Refuge in Montana (Flickr/USFWS Mountain-Prairie)

Report of Mountain Lion in Massachusetts: Real Sighting or Wild Tale?

2/28/2014 // By Miles Grant

UPDATE 3/1: Wildlife officials say the paw prints look canine, meaning it was likely a dog or coyote. Television news has been abuzz up here in Massachusetts this week with the news that someone thinks he saw a mountain lion […] Read more >

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Weekly News Roundup: Youths and DOI Secretary Talk Public Lands and More!

2/28/2014 // By Anne Goddard

Getting the Dirt on Earthworms As spring approaches, many gardeners are ready to dive back into planting their favorite flora; but anyone prone to working the soil knows that you will encounter slimy annelids known as earthworms.  So, before you […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Eilish Palmer.

4 Animals Explain Why the Keystone XL Pipeline Would be Terrible

2/28/2014 // By Lena Moffitt

The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would carry heavy, toxic tar sands oil thousands of miles from Alberta, Canada down to the Gulf Coast in Texas. The pipeline is very important to the expansion of the tar sands production, and […] Read more >

Yellowstone bison and calves. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Julie Schultz.

Give Yellowstone Bison a Year-Round Buffer Zone

2/27/2014 // By Kit Fischer

Almost like clockwork, the Yellowstone bison wars begin anew. This time, however, it’s a much different and important battle.  As deep snows continue to accumulate on the high Yellowstone Plateau and bison begin their inevitable migration out of the national […] Read more >

Intensive plantation forestry, among other land uses, appears as a dense mixture of forest loss (in red) and regrowth (blue) in the Southeastern U.S. Screen capture from GFW.

A Revolutionary Tool to See Forest Change – In Your Neighborhood or Anywhere Else on Earth

2/26/2014 // By Ryan Sarsfield

Last Thursday a coalition of partners including the World Resources Institute, Google, the University of Maryland, and many others released an astounding tool to view the changes in the world’s forests, and it’s available for free to the public. Many […] Read more >

Ball State University Geothermal Heat Pump System. Photo Credit: BSU Photo Services

Ball State University to Host Its Second Geothermal Conference

2/26/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest Post by Robert J. Koester, Ball State University On April 10, Ball State University will host a second gathering of academic and facilities personnel interested in knowing more about the design, installation and operations of district-scale geothermal heat pump […] Read more >

Bluegill on hook baited with earthworm (US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Ten Things to Know about Earthworms

2/26/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

As winter draws to a close, gardeners begin their spring migration into the outdoors, leaving winter dens behind and coming into contact with the harbingers of the shifting seasons: shovels, hoes and trowels. Oh, and earthworms. Anyone prone to working […] Read more >