Ecology & Zoology

Dogs Are Not So Smart

Dog owners think dogs are exceptionally intelligent- a whole television show was made about a dog named Lassie who got humans out of all kinds of fantastic situations- while cat owners believe the same about their pets. But are dogs smarter than other anim ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 1 2018 - 9:46am

The Decline in Insects

In my back yard I have three bluebird houses and a Koi pond which over the years have brought my family and I countless hours of calm, natural serenity. Over the last few years however I have noticed a few disturbing trends including the total absence of f ...

Blog Post - Scott Beers - Oct 29 2018 - 1:15pm

Ticks Cause More Than Just Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most prevalent tick-borne disease and is caused by the bacterial spirochete Borrelia. Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended two-tier method, Garg et al., claim that 72 percent of individuals they examine ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 1 2018 - 10:09am

Why Some Deer Have Fangs Instead Of Antlers Like Most Other Cloven-Hoofed Animals

By Nala Rogers, Inside Science-- When do you need a broadsword, and when would you be better off with a dagger? That's the question that faced artiodactyls, the group of mammals that includes deer, antelope, goats, giraffes, pigs, buffalo and cows, d ...

Article - Inside Science - Nov 16 2018 - 11:55am

Like Biodiversity? Thank Sexual Harassment

What factors sustain the diversity of life on our planet? You might be surprised to learn one answer is sexual harassment.  ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 26 2018 - 1:29pm

Wind Energy Isn't Just Killing Birds, It's Making Them Change Their Tunes

Wind turbines are a leading source of green energy which could supply 12% of the world’s energy by 2020. But their use is often criticised for its impact on wildlife, particularly birds. Larger birds can collide with turbines and some have even learned to ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 21 2018 - 10:00am

10 Positive Ecology Stories You May Have Missed In 2018

Let’s be honest – environment news isn’t always the jolliest, and 2018 was no exception. From climate change, to recycling, to energy policy, at times it has felt like we’ve been lurching from one crisis to the next. So here are ten upbeat environmental s ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 22 2018 - 9:00am

We Are NOT Headed For World Without Insects- Insect Decline Survey Hitting Headlines Non Systematic, Patchy & With Limited Data

Please don’t be scared by this, it is just the journalists hyping things up again. It does not mean what it seems to mean from the headlines. Insects can’t vanish and we will continue to be able to grow our crops and do agriculture. The study itself invol ...

Article - Robert Walker - Feb 14 2019 - 2:02pm

Sweet Viceroy Butterflies Turn Sour To Stop Predators

Limenitus archippus, the viceroy butterfly is a mimic, modeling its orange-and-black colors after the queen butterfly, a bug that tastes so disgusting predators have learned not to eat it or anything that looks like it, including viceroys. The apparent dep ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 26 2019 - 8:00am

Amiskwia Sagittiformis: Weird Chimera Worm May Finally Get Its Place In The Tree Of Life

Ribbon worm? Arrow worm? Since the discovery of its fossil over a century ago, paleontologists have speculated about what branch of evolution Amiskwia sagittiformis was on. Charles Doolittle Walcott, who first described it, compared it to the a group of oc ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 26 2019 - 9:47am