Ozark Hellbender In Helluva Jam

15 Sep

Read more about the Ozark Hellbender

The Ozark Hellbender is in trouble. IMG_1382
What can you do?
If you catch a hellbender while fishing, simply cut the line near the head and release it back into the river. The hook will rust away in a matter of weeks.

Join a local Stream Team, a volunteer organization that brings people together to clean, care for, and monitor rivers.

If you canoe or fish, keep your rivers and lakes clean by leaving no waste behind.

Keep pollutants out of watersheds by minimizing use of pesticides and properly disposing of household toxic waste.

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Bumble Bee hits Rusty Patch

25 Jun

Historically, the rusty patched bumble bee was broadly distributed across the eastern United States, Upper Midwest, and southern Quebec and Ontario in Canada. Since 2000, this bumble bee has been reported from only 13 states and 1 Canadian province: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.

Rusty patched bumble bees live in colonies that include a single queen and female workers. The colony produces males and new queens in late summer. Queens are the largest bees in the colony, and workers are the smallest. All rusty patched bumble bees have entirely black heads, but only workers and males have a rusty reddish patch centrally located on the back.

See http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/insects/rpbb for more.

Water

24 Jun


Women and girls spend an average of 6 hours a day collecting water

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Yellowstone Wolves

14 Mar

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An interesting look at the changes that have occurred since wolves were reintroduced into the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park in 1995. The trophic cascade that has occurred since then is truly fascinating and makes sense when you understand the role that the wolves play in Yellowstone.

Pedal Power! How To Build A Bike Generator

12 Feb

 

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/how-to/a10245/pedal-power-how-to-build-a-bike-generator-16627209/

“Meet the Coywolf ” a PBS Nature Documentary

28 Jan
Coywolf | Eastern Coyotes/Coywolves staring at camera.

Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time.

Watch online: Meet the Coywolf

The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. Tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, through parking lots, alleys and backyards in Toronto all the way to the streets of New York City.

                         (Video streaming restricted to U.S. and Territories.)

 (Which is kind of sad considering that
the Coywolf originated in Canada!  ~Douglys)

Infographic: A field guide to the Coywolf, or Eastern Coyote

Your field guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the Coywolf, or Eastern Coyote — from a trip through the Coywolf’s modern day habitat to its very recent evolutionary history.

Fun Shakespeare Quiz!

17 Mar

We’ve seen a lot of Shakespeare Quizzes out there, but this one stands out in frivolity from the rest…

With the time clock running, you are given a quote from the Bard and asked to to pick an answer which matches it’s modern day translation…

Here’s an an example, “Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.”  (Hint: Mr. Spock would have no tribble translating it using only one word.)

Shakespeare in Plain English

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