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🏙️ Observing Nature in the City

Observing Nature in the City If asked to name a favorite place in nature, many people including myself might choose to describe forests, meadows, or scenic ocean views. Some might include state parks or even smaller, more urban settings like ...
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Flora, Fauna, and … Funga? The Case for a Third ‘F.

Flora, Fauna, and … Funga? The Case for a Third ‘F.’ Top: Giuliana Furci wrote a field guide for Chilean fungi and set up the Fungi Foundation when she realized the unique organisms were largely ignored in Chile. Photo: Mateo ...
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Don’t Hike so Close to Me: How the Presence of Humans Can Disturb Wildlife up to Half a Mile Away

Don’t hike so close to me: How the presence of humans can disturb wildlife up to half a mile away Authors: Jeremy Dertien (Clemson University), Courtney Larson (University of Wyoming), and Sarah Reed (Colorado State University) Millions of Americans are ...
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EwA at Horn Pond

EwA at Horn Pond Helping Insects with Citizen Science There is no better way to nurture our ecological self than through fun & inspiring Nature experiences. Come & enjoy participating in the EwA Citizen Science Arthropod Study on a lovely ...
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2021 City Nature Challenge

Ready for the 2021 City Nature Celebration? We Surely Are!
Between April 30th and May 3rd, hundreds of cities worldwide will be celebrating Nature and gather observations of species found in our area with the help of all who want ...
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EwA Conservation Reports

Giving Science Back to the People - Advancing Biodiversity & Climate Research
Only with the collaboration of naturalists and trained volunteers can we closely monitor indicators necessary to ascertain the state of biodiversity across the planet, such as indicators of ...
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The Invasion of Microplastics

The Invasion of Microplastics Microplastics and microbeads are small particles of plastic. There simply are little pieces of plastic. They are man-made in their 'micro' form or are a product of the breakdown of larger plastics. Small or large, they ...
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For the Love of an Ovenbird

For the Love of an Ovenbird Citizen Science in Latin America A peculiar little bird with an odd-shaped nest has inspired people across Latin America to help with the study of Argentinian biologists finishing their Ph.D. at the Max Planck ...
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2020 City Nature Challenge

Ready for the 2020 City Nature Celebration? We Certainly Are! Between April 24th and 27th, hundreds of cities worldwide will be celebrating Nature and gather observations of species found in our area, and engage the most people in the worldwide ...
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Joy of the Fells—Citizen Science with EwA

Joy of the Fells Citizen Science with EwA "The Fells is a fantastic habitat where we can bring different pieces of the (ecological conservation) puzzle together and lead people to be part of this story as well" Caitlin recently reached ...
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Notes from the Field

Over-Collecting (Mushrooms)

Over-collecting Mushrooms Not too long ago, I led a mushroom walk in central Massachusetts for the North Country Land Trust. Just prior to my foray, there’d been a mycological club foray at the same site, and the vast number of ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—October at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac October at the Meadow
The stunning wave of color that washes through the deciduous trees of New England every fall will arrive and peak in Lusitania Meadow in October. At the Meadow, most of the trees around ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—September at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac September at the Meadow
September marks the end of the summer in New England, and at EwA, the beginning of that month also brings a little bit of sadness. Fieldwork in the Lusitania meadow feels different after ...
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Wasps Biosurveillance and Milkweed Haven

Wasps Biosurveillance & Milkweed Haven Nature Highlights EwA Nature Highlights
Season: Summer | Location: New-England's meadows, parks, and gardens

Look for wasps and the intense activity of insects on milkweeds in the warm summer months. What do they have in common? ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—August at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac August at the Meadow At this time of the year, the reservation feels a bit quieter and more peaceful than the past two months. With the often sweltering heat, the park attracts fewer joggers and walkers. Yet, ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—July at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac July at the Meadow July is quite an exciting time at Fresh Pond. Many people enjoy the warm, sunny days by strolling or jogging around the reservation. The beginning of the summer also comes with sudden and ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—June at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac June at the Meadow Many insects are pollinating and reproducing, plants are growing with some of the flowers in bloom, and birds and mammals are as active as ever, capitalizing on this dynamic time through means such ...
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Forest Explorations — May in the Fells

Forest Explorations May in the Fells The forest floor was dominated by swaths of Canada Mayflower during this month’s Forest Exploration – a sure sign of spring. This low-growing understory perennial has yet to flower at the Fells, but others ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—May at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac May at the Meadow By May, summer is just around the corner at Fresh Pond, and the month sees a boom of insect life at Lusitania Meadow. Along with this late-spring boom comes all kinds of activity, ...
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Forest Explorations — April in the Fells

Forest Explorations April in the Fells Another month - another EwA Fells walk! Each forest exploration walk brings its load of wonders and this April's walk wasn't any different. April is an exciting month: vernal pools have thawed and are ...
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Narratives & Opinions

Joy of the Fells—Citizen Science with EwA

Joy of the Fells Citizen Science with EwA "The Fells is a fantastic habitat where we can bring different pieces of the (ecological conservation) puzzle together and lead people to be part of this story as well" Caitlin recently reached ...
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Attracting & Retaining Citizen Scientists

Attracting & Retaining Citizen Scientists Some conservation citizen science organizations run projects that can be quickly carried out by citizen scientists without supervision. And for those organizations, a common practice is to motivate people with a few good training events ...
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Even Scientists Take Selfies With Wild Animals –Here’s Why They Shouldn’t

Even Scientists Take Selfies with Wild Animals. Here's Why They Shouldn't. One of the great things about being a biologist is getting to work in the field and connect with wildlife. Through my career, I have enjoyed many unforgettable close ...
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Why Men Trophy Hunt

Why Men Trophy Hunt The killing of Cecil the lion (Panthera leo) ignited enduring and increasingly global discussion about trophy hunting [1]. Yet, policy debate about its benefits and costs (e.g. [2,3]) focuses only on the hunted species and biodiversity, ...
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The Gift of Being Wrong —How to Enjoy & Learn From It

"The more you are willing to examine your own assumptions and beliefs—and holds the possibility that you may be wrong—the more you can truly understand" (from The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling) Being a naturalist basically means being ...
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Ecological Ethics A&A —From Awareness To Action

A friend and I were chatting ‘over’ ethics recently. The context was our species’ fascination of a limitless growth model, showcased for instance in our expectations with respect to our human biology (e.g., our quest for biological immortality), as well ...
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The Captivity Effects Denial Phenomenon

Our enthusiasm and indulgence for animal captivity is changing yet very slowly. But we can accelerate our pace, because it can only be a win-win for science, for the animals, and us as moral individuals... 'Are zoo animals happy? There’s a ...
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Reaching Out in an Anti-Environment Climate

Although today the American society seems deeply torn apart by cultural, geographic, racial and class differences, still there is more that unites us than divides us, and this includes few environmental views and concerns... An opinion piece. Today the U.S ...
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My Journey to Becoming an Ethical Wildlife Volunteer

I am so happy to have gained a better understanding of what it takes to be an ethical wildlife volunteer. This has been and still is an ongoing journey into realizing that our actions are not always ethical –not because ...
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Zoos: Many Questions & Not Enough Answers (Yet)

The common public 'rhetoric' these days about zoos is: zoo changed and they are now good for both conservation and the collected/exhibited individuals. Well then good! But the topic is not an easy one, after all this is really about ...
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