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Warm spring tops off a perfect storm for increased Lyme disease risk

"We expect 2012 to be the worst year for Lyme disease risk ever." 

Untangling climate impacts on forests

In assessing a major drop in nitrate loss from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, it was revealed that past disturbances, such as logging, must be included. 

Cary's Aldo Leopold Society membership

In addition to supporting the work of the Institute, Aldo Leopold Society members receive invitations to special events and unique opportunities to interact with scientists and educators.

Aldo Leopold: America's pioneering conservationist

We strive to enact many of the principals that Aldo Leopold so presciently put forward and to encourage the application of rigorous science to decisions that affect humans and the natural world on which humanity depends. 

Limno-explorers: Discovering the world of water

Campers will conduct scientific investigations, learn about local natural history, and participate in team-building activities. 

Northeast Science and Policy Consortium

Cary Institute's motto, "the science behind environmental solutions," is motivating a new collaborative venture. 

Graduate education programs

Recently, the Cary Institute hosted two graduate courses. 

Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) grows

"This additional capacity will significantly increase our knowledge about what's going on in the Hudson River." 

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Field notes: Soundscapes

The ecology of birds is intimately tied to the sounds of other organisms around them. 

Birds, people can thank Rachel Carson for 'silent spring'

Rachel Carson wrote "Silent Spring," a warning about the environmental risks being posed by pesticides, 50 years ago. 

Plentiful acorns are sign of rising Lyme disease risk

The scarcity of acorns in the fall of 2011 set up a perfect storm for human Lyme disease risk. 

Ten steps to better shore zones

Shore zones can be among the most valuable habitats on our planet. So what can you do to protect them?

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Better controls needed to keep pets out of wild

You may have heard that non-native Burmese pythons (probably released by a pet owner) are now established in Florida's Everglades, where they have developed a taste for the local cuisine.

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Colorful maple blossoms signal spring

When I was a kid, in the springtime I would walk through maroon patches of plant material on my way to and from elementary school.

Lyme Disease Surge Predicted for the Northeastern U.S.

Millbrook, NY – The northeastern U.S. should prepare for a surge in Lyme disease this spring. And we can blame fluctuations in acorns and mouse populations, not the mild winter.

Storms caused river to take a 'breath'

Last summer, tropical storms Irene and Lee inflicted major damage on the Hudson River’s watershed. While the events may seem like a distant memory now, affected ecosystems are still recovering.

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In forests, past disturbances obscure warming impacts

Millbrook, NY – Past disturbances, such as logging, can obscure the effects of climate change on forest ecosystems.

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Consider nature camps for kids this summer

Those lazy days of summer seem far way. However, if you’re a parent, now is the time when you may begin to ask yourself, “What will the kids do when school is out?”

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Green science: Changes in temperature reflect warming climate

So how did 2011’s weather shake out in the grand scheme of things? First off, let’s make sure we are all on the same page regarding the difference between weather and climate.

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Mussel shells evoke visions of the past

Is it good or bad to be able to see ghosts? I’ve been wondering about this since I recently realized that I’ve been seeing ghosts ever since I began to study freshwater mussels about 30 years ago.

Be on the lookout for the beauty of ice: Lakes, streams make winter wonderlands

When my friend Natasja van Gestel was talking about her recent trip to Antarctica, I was surprised to hear her say she didn’t know ice was beautiful.

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More research, regulation needed before fracking advances in New York

It’s hard to find people who aren’t polarized on the issue of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” a process used to extract natural gas from shale rock thousands of feet beneath the Earth’s surface. Millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected underground and natural gas escapes through cracks and fissures in the shale.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program provides students with the opportunity to become a part of the Cary community. 

From our President

Cary Institute scientists continue to transmit the best findings of their scientific efforts to help inform the policy process. 

An interview with Steward Pickett

As director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, Pickett leads an ambitious, multi-partner effort looking at how urban areas function as ecosystems. 

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