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Acid Rain

Though not in the news as much as it once was, acid rain—more correctly called “acid deposition” because it also involves snow, fog, particles, and gases—remains a problem in our region.

Acid rain aftermath: damaged ecology, damaged politics

Since the bad old days of the 1970s and '80s, there has been a whole lot less acid falling on the Northeast. That’s mostly thanks to the 1990 Clean Air Act, which has made a big difference to lakes and streams.

Biodiversity

Recent articles about "Biodiversity".

Saving wildlife might be good for your health

Preserving habitats and encouraging biodiversity does wonders for plant and animal life, giving them room to thrive without human interference. In recent years some scientists have wondered if biodiversity might also help humans, protecting us from infectious diseases that spread from nonhuman animals to people

Ecosystem Services

Recent articles about "Ecosystem Services".

Cleaning up with mussels

Podcast

Zebra mussels are one of the most pernicious invasive species in the United States having infested the Great Lakes in the 1980s and then having spread to 29 states by hitching rides on boats on inland waterways.

Education

Recent articles about "Education".

Inspiring data literacy

While our trails and grounds are closed for the season, our education staff is gearing up for a busy spring. Field trips and enrichment activities are being scheduled with a focus on data literacy through long-term monitoring. 

Environmental Policy

Recent articles about "Environmental Policy".

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New York’s ban on invasive species goes into effect

Podcast

In a win for New York State’s natural areas, new regulations have gone into effect banning a long list of plants and animals that have plagued our fields, forests, and freshwaters. 

Food & Agriculture

Recent articles about "Food & Agriculture".

Too much of a good thing

Podcast

Bags of garden fertilizer are labeled with three numbers, such as 15-4-5. These numbers indicate the percent of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the product. The remainder of the bag is filler that helps the fertilizer disperse.

Hudson River

Recent articles about "Hudson River".

Hudson River scientist receives top honor for wetlands work

The Environmental Law Institute has announced that Dr. Stuart E.G. Findlay, received the 2015 National Wetlands Award for Science Research. Stuart and six other award recipients were honored at a ceremony at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., on May 21, 2015.

Land-use & Human Impacts

Recent articles about "Land-use & Human Impacts".

From Forests to Farms, and Back Again: Land Use Change in the Hudson Valley

Lecture Video

Presentation by Charles Canham for a land stewardship management forum hosted at Cary on April 12, 2014.

Lyme Disease

Recent articles about "Lyme Disease".

Get the Facts: Lyme Disease

Video

Richard Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute and Dr. Richard Horowitz, author and noted Lyme disease expert answer questions and discuss information you need to know about Lyme disease.

Road Salt

Recent articles about "Road Salt".

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Road Salt Conference

Video

Cary freshwater ecologist Stuart Findlay shares his research on the effects of road salt on water quality and discusses thresholds of concern for chloride concentrations in surface waters.

Urban Ecology

Recent articles about "Urban Ecology".

The Return of Predators to Urban America

Lecture Video

Dr. Roland Kays, a zoologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences discusses how coyotes, fishers, and other predators are adapting to urban and suburban life.

Weather & Climate

Recent articles about "Weather & Climate".

Spring flooding shapes streams

Podcast

In the Northeast, streams once covered in ice are flowing again. The floods that often accompany spring thaw bring big changes to these ecosystems.

West Nile Virus

Recent articles about "West Nile Virus".

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Mosquitoes in urban areas

Podcast

Now that summer is finally on the horizon, so too is mosquito season. More than an annoyance, mosquitoes can spread serious illnesses, like West Nile virus and Dengue.

Wildlife & Habitat

Recent articles about "Wildlife & Habitat".

A species’ worth depends on our resourcefulness

What good are clams? I work with a lot of obscure animals, such as bivalve mollusks (clams and their relatives), and one of the most common questions I get is, "What good are they?"

Machine Learning

Recent articles

Researchers unraveling secrets of Ebola talk at UGA

Ecologists shared ideas and research about the Ebola virus at a meeting in Athens, Georgia. Cary's Barbara Han talked about methods scientists are developing that would identify likely wildlife carriers of filoviruses, a kind of virus related to rabies virus which includes Ebola, Marburg virus and some other deadly species.

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