News & Whatnot

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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Wildlife Volunteering — Expectations, Reality, Responsibility

Wildlife Volunteering — Expectations, Reality, Responsibility Sharan Bahra, Earthwise Aware's Vice-President, was recently in Kenya, where she helped a conservation organization focused on protecting both giraffes and lions.

In an EwA post series, Sharan shares about the many facets of ...
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Empowerment through Citizen Science

Empowerment Through Climate & Biodiversity Citizen Sciences As an undergraduate student, contributing to data that can be used by scientists at a global level is not something that I considered likely. At Earthwise Aware, I was introduced to an opportunity ...
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Volunteering in Kenya – Choosing the Right Programme

Volunteering in Kenya — Choosing the Right Programme Sharan Bahra, Earthwise Aware's Vice-President, was recently in Kenya, where she helped a conservation organization focused on protecting both giraffes and lions. Here is her first post of a series, where she ...
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Plant Blindness & the Extinction Crisis

‘Plant blindness’ is obscuring the extinction crisis for non-animal species Up to a million species may go extinct due to human activity according to a recent report, some within decades. We all know the mammals in trouble – polar bears, ...
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How Birders Helped Pinpoint Hotspots for Migratory Bird Conservation

How birders helped pinpoint hotspots for migratory bird conservation Many bird populations are crashing, largely because they migrate such long distances and are at risk from human influence at every link in their migratory chain. One favourite, the tiny Canada ...
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The Need for a Global Deal for Nature

To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global Deal for Nature We chart a course for immediately protecting at least 30% of Earth’s surface to put the brakes on rapid biodiversity loss, and then add another 20% ...
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There’s a Bat in My House! What Do I Do?

There's a Bat in My House! What Do I Do?... Bat in the House!!! Wait! There's no need to panicyou can remove him or her safely and humanely. [WPSM_AC id=14634] Did you know that bats are the only flying mammals ...
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Notes from the Field

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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Keeping the Fells Whole

Keeping the Fells Whole Earthwise Aware Report 2021
Documenting habitat fragmentation in a mixed-use urban forest Publication: January 29th, 2022 Note the scroll on the right-hand side below to get through the whole report. You can also read it in ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—March at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac March at the Meadow
In March, conditions will make the gradual and uneven transition from harsh winter to muddy spring at Fresh Pond. March brings the onset of new plant growth for the year and the final ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—February at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac February at the Meadow
By February, enduring another brutal winter month is not a welcome thought for many people in the Boston area, and the conditions are harsh on most of the area’s nonhuman residents as well ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—January at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac
January at the Meadow
Winter is a great time to learn to read wildlife signs and explore the wonderful stories of those who live at and around the Lusitania meadow. For instance, have you ever noticed that small ...
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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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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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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—April at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac April at the Meadow
While April in Massachusetts often still has a few cold, wintry days, spring has undeniably arrived when the fourth month of the year rolls around. No matter what fickle weather the month may ...
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Narratives & Opinions

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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Harambe and the Value of Zoo Collections {Opinion}

Like many people, I have a mix feeling of incredulity and incredible sadness for what happened few days ago at the Cincinnati zoo and which led to executing Harambe the gorilla after an unattended 4-years child fell in the gorilla ...
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