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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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Acorn glut signals Lyme risks

In our research sites at the Cary Institute and throughout the Hudson Valley, we are seeing acorn production of unprecedented proportions.

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Trees invaluable to community

Dave Strayer and Gary Lovett sounded a warning about the looming local extinction of ash trees. This almost certain event is because of the spread of the emerald ash borer.

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Ash tree faces die-off as Asian pest spreads

As you drive around Dutchess County this fall, try to get a look at the dusky yellows and purples of the ash trees, because they won't be around much longer.

My water comes from the Hudson River

A place-based curricula developed by Cary educators engages students in their local water cycle and teaches them how human activities and land-use can affect that cycle.

Ecological research in urban setting requires innovative methods

While most ecologists conduct field work in natural settings, Cary Institute scientists have pioneered the inclusion of urban and suburban landscapes in ecological research.

Turning forests into fuel

Our forests provide a wide range of ecological, economic, and aesthetic benefits.

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Land-use plans will benefit region

Thanks to the efforts of committed environmental groups, government organizations and individuals, the Hudson Valley is poised to position itself as a model for melding environmental and economic interests.

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Rock snot growing in New York rivers

As we approach the cold and flu season, a few of our nearby streams and rivers are just now getting over some serious congestion.

Hydraulic fracturing poses risks to us, ecosystems

The issue of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from deep shale deposits has become increasingly difficult to ignore.

Problems point to oil's impact

Oil: We're running out of it. It makes our country vulnerable to foreign powers. Burning it causes irreversible harm to our environment.

West Nile virus alters ecological balance

West Nile virus is a human health risk because it can cause sickness and death when mosquitoes transmit the pathogen from an infected bird to a person.

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Take a moment to savor the age of 300 million ponds, lakes

If you ran a tourist agency for time-travelling, intergalactic visitors, what attractions do you think would bring aliens to Earth in 2010?

Water cycle runs on a local level

When we think about the water cycle, most of us remember the diagram we were taught in third grade.

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Shorelines: Where people meet their river

When we see where the water meets the land, how many of us have considered how different types of shorelines influence the plants and animals residing in the river?

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Hardy mosquitoes defy humans, shape course of history

The joy in seeing the first flowers of spring is always countered by dismay over the reappearance of mosquitoes

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Cary Institute's hands-on science teaches thinking

A class of second-graders at St. Joseph School, Millbrook, gathers around a study plot in the grass of their schoolyard, marked by four pink flags in the shape of a square. 

It's time to remember to protect fish population

Losses of our local fish have been so severe that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has completely closed commercial and recreational fishing for American shad in the Hudson River.

Volcanoes may help to cool the Earth

A volcano erupts in Iceland, and cinders and sulfur dioxide are spewed into the atmosphere. 

Ice-out records track climate change

We identify the seasons through changes in biological and physical phenomena such as flowering, breeding or animal migration that mark an expected break in the pace of nature.

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