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wild boar

Halt the wild boar menace

Private hunting preserves in New York release wild boars for "trophy hunters" to shoot. This benefits only a tiny population of hunters and the game preserves, while presenting serious risks to the public.

hydro-fracturing

Study ties hydrofracking, water contamination

What does new science tell us about the risks to drinking water?

Study finds gas in drinking water near drilling

New research is providing some of the first scientific evidence that a controversial gas drilling technique can contaminate drinking water.

water sampling

Study detects clues to environmental collapse

By closely monitoring the conditions of a remote lake, researchers have found that environmental collapse shares characteristics of the early warnings of collapse in human health and the economy.

zebra mussels

Zebra mussels losing their grip; Hudson River ecosystem rebounding

One of the best-known bits of folk wisdom about invasive species is that they settle down after a while to become part of a rebalanced ecosystem, and stop being a problem. This is an appealing idea, but how often is it true?

ovenbird

Team to study how songbirds choose their nesting sites

During the spring and summer, Dr. Ken Schmidt, an avian behavioral ecologist from Texas Tech University, investigates bird life on the Cary Institute's 2,000-acre campus.

Biodiversity protects human health

We can best preserve biodiversity by preserving habitat. 

HRECOS walkway installation

HRECOS observations not only protect a national treasure, they inform decisions about commercial traffic and management. 

Weathers spends year as NSF program director

From April 2009 through June 2010, biogeochemist Dr. Kathleen Weathers was on loan from the Cary Institute. 

Cary road salt report generates regional buzz

Last winter, between 10 and 20 million tons of salt were used nationally. 

From our President

It's been wonderful to see the Cary Institute expand its role as a resource for regional environmental programming. 

The earth's climate continues to warm

The growing season is getting longer. 

Aldo Leopold Society Autumn Celebration 2010

The Aldo Leopold Society's annual celebration was held at the Widdowson's Temple Farm in Millbrook. 

How to manage stormwater and reduce runoff

The next time you find yourself reaching for your umbrella, take a moment to consider the fate of rainfall after it hits the ground. While some rain is absorbed by natural ground cover, such as fields or forested areas, a high percentage becomes stormwater delivered to our rivers, creeks, ponds and lakes

forest

Collective carelessness has led to loss of many species

Once there were big stands of hemlocks in the ravines and on the steep creek-banks. Their shade was so deep that hardly any underbrush could survive, so the ground was clear between their big trunks.

snowy street

Tons of flakes and little rain put this winter among the snowiest

This has been a snowy winter. Our shovels have been put to good use, kids have had numerous snow days, and local retailers have had to restock essentials such as snow rakes and deicers.

Turning Forests into Fuel: Report Outlines Promise and Limits of Biomass Energy in the Northeast

Forest biomass could replace as much as one quarter of the liquid fossil fuel now being used for industrial and commercial heating in the Northeastern United States.

Turning forests into fuel: Report outlines promise and limits of biomass energy in the Northeast

Forest biomass could replace as much as one quarter of the liquid fossil fuel now being used for industrial and commercial heating in the Northeastern United States.

emissions

Data show ozone turnaround

There was some good news on the environment last week. In the 20-state area that participates in a cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions of nitric oxide (NOx) from power plants, the emissions declined 32 percent from 1997 to 2005.

zooplankton

Zooplankton diets go with the flow

Distant relatives of shrimp, zooplankton are an important food resource for aquatic animals. These free-floating crustaceans are considered one of the foundations of lake food webs, along with their plant counterparts, phytoplankton.

Biomass energy option may be small

Standing timber in the northeastern United States has waxed and waned according to society's evolving needs.

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State weighs gas drilling rules

On Dec. 11, in the final weeks of his governorship, David Paterson vetoed a six-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in New York state.

Kids ID schools' ecosystems

How can we "green" our schools to make them more environmentally sustainable?

National action needed to save forests

On a glorious day several weekends ago, my wife and I hiked up Panther Mountain in the Catskills.

New inventory provides snapshot of county's natural resources

This month Dutchess County released its 2010 Natural Resource Inventory.

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