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Citizen Science Contributions to Address Biodiversity Loss and Conservation Planning in a Rapidly Developing Region

Biodiversity data support conservation research and inform conservation decisions addressing the wicked problem of biodiversity loss. However, these data often need processing and compilation before use, which exceed the time availability of...

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6/15/21
12 Books to Get Your Summer Reading Started

A dozen summer-suitable climate reads to kick off the new season recommended by Yale Climate Connection. 

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6/15/21
Disability Project Podcast: Climate Action

This episode of the Disabililty Projet Podcast is on climate action with Kera Sherwood-O’Regan, an indigenous multidisciplinary storyteller and activist based in Aotearoa, also known as New Zealand. Kera’s work and activism centers structurally...

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6/15/21
Bumble bees damage plant leaves and accelerate flower production when pollen is scarce

Maintaining phenological synchrony with flowers is a key ecological challenge for pollinators that may be exacerbated by ongoing environmental change. Here, we show that bumble bee workers facing pollen scarcity damage leaves of flowerless plants and...

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6/3/21
Surfrider Foundation's 2020 Clean Water Report

The Clean Water Report features case studies from across the nation and results from Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force, the largest volunteer-run beach water testing program in the country, which indicate that nearly a fourth of water samples tested...

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5/28/21
Radical Stories in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Emergent Ecologies’ Challenges to Colonial Narratives and Western Epistemologies

When the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden was established in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1913, it was envisioned as a site that served white citizens. Kirstenbosch was presented as a landscape in which plants functioned as representatives of...

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5/28/21
A Landscape-Level Assessment of Restoration Resource Allocation for the Eastern Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly eastern population (Danaus plexippus) is in decline primarily due to habitat loss. Current habitat restoration programs focus on re-establishing milkweed, the primary food resource for Monarch caterpillars, in the central United...

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5/25/21
The Future of Food: Science, Culinary History & More from Lost Feast

Christie Taylor speaks with Noa Lincoln, Katie Kamelamela, and Melissa K. Nelson about their work researching and restoring Indigenous foods to Hawaii and the mainland United States. They explained how these foods were disrupted by colonization, and...

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5/18/21
Here’s why Congress is recognizing Hazel M. Johnson, the ‘mother of environmental justice’

Hazel Johnson spent her life fighting for environmental justice in black communities in Chicago’s Southeast Side. When she first started organizing in the 1970s after death and illness in her family, she quickly found that her work would be cut out for...

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5/18/21
Terpen-tales: The mystery behind the unique fragrance of lavender

Even the mention of lavender evokes the distinct fragrance of the flower. This beautiful flower has been used to make perfumes and essential oils since time immemorial. The aesthetics of the flower have captured imaginations worldwide. So what makes...

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5/18/21
Research inequity in the plant sciences

Do all plant biologists worldwide have equal access to novel methods, enabling them to be equally productive, publish, and receive credit for their research? Or does reduced access to cutting‐edge techniques in countries with lower financial resources...

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5/14/21
A synthesis of health benefits of natural sounds and their distribution in national parks

A study of sound recordings from 251 sites in 66 national parks found that listening to natural sounds may be one of the best ways to promote mental health and deal with the stresses of everyday life. The team found people experienced decreased pain,...

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5/14/21
Can Cicadas Harm Plants and Trees?

Tom O'Dell, natural areas specialist at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan witnessed the periodical Cicada emergence 17 years ago and explains what damage may occur to plants and young trees as the insects emerge again.

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5/4/21
Chicago Region 2020 Tree Census

The Morton Arboretum has released the results of its 2020 Chicago region tree census. Findings include the loss of an estimated 6 million ash trees, felled by the emerald ash borer. Chicago's canopy cover decreased from 19% to 16%, largely because of...

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5/4/21
Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States

This article from Frontiers in Forests and Global Change explores large-scale global reforestation goals in the US. The authors used GIS analyses, surveys of nursery managers and foresters, and literature synthesis to assess the opportunities and...

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4/29/21
Mt. Cuba Center Native Bee Survey

Results are in from one of the most significant studies ever completed on Delaware’s bees. From 2018-2019, Mt. Cuba Center partnered with Matthew J. Sarver of Sarver Ecological to scientifically measure which species of bees were attracted to our...

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4/29/21
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Education Town Hall: May 2021

Join Kristie Webber, Education Community Chair and Gabe Tilove, Vice-Chair for the May Education Community Town Hall Meeting. This session starts with announcements and updates from the Association and the Education Community. Then the group moves into...

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4/27/21
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Urban Agriculture Resilience Program Q&A

The United States Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association are working to support public gardens and their partners in facilitating collaborative food-growing and education programs. For 2021, the...

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4/16/21
Moving Field Guide: A Kinesthetic Approach to Environmental Education

Join Cassie Meador and Dr. Jamē McCray for an experiential workshop to introduce Moving Field Guide techniques and model kinesthetic activities you can use to support learners of all ages in connecting to their bodies, each other, and their environment...

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4/16/21
Conservation Conversations: The Vital Role of Botanic Gardens in Plant Conservation

This episode of Conservation Conversations features Saharah Moon Chapotin, Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. Learn how botanic gardens support research and conservation both in the wild and in captivity, how plants are...

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4/12/21

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