ecosystem

In Defense of Opossums

Contrary to what one might think, opossums are an important part of North American ecosystems.

Prescribed Fire Means a New Beginning for the Meadow at New Beginnings

Experts use prescribed burning to burn ecosystems in a safe, controlled manner. Prescribed burns reduce the risk of wildfires and help maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Bats and Birds Will Eat Your Mosquitos

Hate mosquitos? You are not alone! Luckily, nature has provided us with many natural mosquito predators to help keep them under control.

This Halloween, Embrace the Creepy-Crawlies!

Part 1: Millipedes and Centipedes Contrary to what their names imply, centipedes and millipedes do not have 100 or 1,000 feet. Millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment, while centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment. These distantly-related groups are widespread and abundant. They are found on all continents except Antarctica, […]

The Soil is Alive!

This is the second in a series of blog posts about soil. We often think of soil as nothing more than “the dirt beneath your feet,” but soil is much more complex than that. There’s a whole other world of living creatures beneath our feet! Soils provide habitat for a rich, dynamic ecosystem for organisms ranging from […]

Celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2

February 2 of each year is World Wetlands Day, which marks the date that the Convention on Wetlands (also known informally as the Ramsar Convention) was signed in 1971. World Wetlands Day provides private and public entities alike with the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. Wetlands provide vital habitat […]