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May 30, 2015

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May 30, 2015

May 21, 2015 — The eastern diamondback rattlesnake has lost 97 percent of its habitat since Europeans first arrived in America. New research demonstrates the critical nature of one element of the diamondback's ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Spring visitors to Great Smoky Mountains or the Blue Ridge Parkway will see ridges and valleys covered in flowering mountain laurels, rhododendrons, tulip poplars, dogwoods, black locusts and ... read more

May 20, 2015 — Invasive earthworms in New England's forests are absorbing toxic metal pollutants in potentially hazardous levels that may be contributing to a decline in birds, amphibians and mammals that feed ... read more

May 18, 2015 — For the first time, scientists have modeled the effects of land use changes on the species diversity in rivers and streams. Their results show that the loss of biodiversity is caused to a ... read more

May 13, 2015 — The spigot for plant discoveries in Madagascar continues to flow steadily, with no signs of slowing down in the near future. Botanists recently described 17 new species of Eugenia in the Myrtle ... read more

Valuable Massachusetts Ecosystems Shrinking, Doing More With Less, Study Shows

May 14, 2015 — Ecologists and conservation groups single out the hardest-working ecosystems -- called "hotspots" -- for their exceptional conservation value. The number of ecosystem hotspots has increased ... read more

May 12, 2015 — It took decades of painstaking work, but a research geneticist managed to cross a popular soybean variety with a related wild perennial plant that grows like a weed in Australia, producing the first ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Rats have more heart than you might think. When one is drowning, another will put out a helping paw to rescue its mate. This is especially true for rats that previously had a watery near-death ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Wine grape vineyards experimenting with sustainable pest management systems are seeing an unexpected benefit: an increase in butterflies. Over the years, loss in natural habitat has seen the decline ... read more

Research Aims to Restore Riparian Corridors and an Iconic Tree

May 11, 2015 — Beginning on May 11, Forest Service scientists will plant different combinations of tree and shrub species in four riparian areas on the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York and monitor the ... read more

All Invasive Parakeets Come from a Small Region in South America

May 11, 2015 — The parakeets that have invaded Europe and North America over the last forty to fifty years, creating massive nests in many urban areas, seem to have originated from the same small geographical area ... read more

Ecologist Warns of Bamboo Fueling Spread of Hantavirus

May 7, 2015 — The popularity of bamboo landscaping could increase the spread of hantavirus, researchers say, with the plant's prolific seed production creating a population boom among seed-eating deer mice ... read more

May 7, 2015 — A group of researchers from the US and Australia have announced the unexpected discovery of exotic 'vinegar flies' (drosophilids) in urban Los Angeles. How could these species of one of the ... read more

May 7, 2015 — New research has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict ... read more

May 7, 2015 — If you have this beautiful flower in your garden, you should uproot it before the seed pods explode, releasing thousands of seeds. It spreads like the plague. The seeds of Impatiens glandulifera, ... read more

May 6, 2015 — A scientist who discovered a new Scottish flower has made an unexpected second finding that provides unique insight into our understanding of evolution. The original find was made even more rare ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Coral reefs are generally associated with warm, shallow and crystal-clear waters in the tropics. Other species of coral, however, flourish in the deep cold ocean where they also form large reefs. Now ... read more

May 6, 2015 — A striking new species of beetle with no direct relatives has been identified living in wetlands on the outskirts of Cape Town. Capelatus prykei is so different from any of the world's other ... read more

Dietary Supplements Are Good for Coral Health, Study Shows

May 4, 2015 — Most people know the health benefits of taking daily supplements, but what about endangered corals? A new study has found that the critically endangered Staghorn coral may benefit from supplemental ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — A demographic study of two endangered plants at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco shows that they favor recently disturbed open areas over areas that have established plant cover. ... read more

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