References to news stories, blog entries, and website updates relevant to experiencing and appreciating the natural environment, especially (but not limitted to) the Algonquin Highlands and the adjacent Ottawa Valley.
Deer proliferation disrupts a forest's natural growth from Eureka
Cornell researchers have discovered that a burgeoning deer population forever alters the progression of a forest's natural future by creating environmental havoc in the soil and disrupting the soil's natural seed banks.
Researchers calculate how river networks move across a landscape from Eureka
Large river networks -- such as those that funnel into the Colorado and Mississippi rivers -- may seem to be permanent features of a landscape. In fact, many rivers define political boundaries that have been in place for centuries. Now researchers at MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a mapping technique that measures how much a river network is changing, and in what direction it may be moving. Their results are published in this week's issue of Science.
Minnesota Mystery: What's Killing the Moose? from NYTimes.com
GRAND PORTAGE, Minn. For moose, this years winter-long deep freeze across the Upper Midwest is truly ideal weather. The large, gangly creatures are adapted to deep snow: Their hollow fur insulates them like fiberglass does in a house. And the prolonged cold helps eradicate pests that prey on moose, like ticks and meningeal worm, or brain worm. Yet moose in Minnesota are dying at an alarming rate, and biologists are perplexed as to why.
A Natural Fit from Parks Blog
Connecting with nature has lots of benefits.
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park Piping Plover Program Won ECO Award from Parks Blog
Congratulations to Wasaga Beach Provincial Park (WBPP) staff, the many volunteers and the Friends of Nancy Island and Wasaga Beach Park for receiving the prestigious Environmental Commissioner of Ontarios (ECO) 2013 Recognition Award for their role in protecting the endangered Piping Plovers.
When Trilobites Ruled the World from NYTimes.com
The remains of trilobites, a diverse group of marine animals much older than dinosaurs, are remarkably well preserved, providing fresh insights of their anatomies and social behavior.
A Ruffed Grouse's Kieppe from WinterCampers.com
Ruffed grouse require a specific combination of habitats to survive. They live in mature deciduous forests that include nearby stands of poplars or birches. During most of the year, they eat the buds and twigs of these trees. They roost in coniferous trees when theyre available, but they also roost in large deciduous trees.
Two new butterfly species discovered in eastern USA (3/2/2014) from Wild Biology News
Butterflies are probably best-loved insects. As such, they are relatively well studied, especially in the United States. Eastern parts of the country are explored most thoroughly. First eastern US butterfly species were described by the father of modern taxonomy Carl Linnaeus himself, over 250 years ago. For the last two and a half centuries, naturalists have been cataloguing species diversity of eastern butterflies, and every nook and cranny has been searched. Some even say that we learned everything there is to know about taxonomy of these butterflies.
Canoe thermoformers scramble for Royalex replacement from Plastics News
PolyOne Corp. is stopping production of Royalex sheet -- the king of custom plastics for many canoe enthusiasts -- leaving almost all hull thermoformers and many paddlers up the proverbial creek without a replacement material.A factory in Warsaw, Ind., that is the sole source for Royalex