Energy conservation: 10 ways to save energy

There are many different ways to reduce your household’s energy use, ranging from simple behavioral adjustments to extensive home improvements. The two major motives for conserving energy are to save on utility bills and protect the environment. Here are the ten most common ways to conserve energy and save electricity in your home, listed from the simplest to[…]

Rain in sub-Saharan Africa can mean more butterflies in Europe

The “butterfly effect” may have it all wrong. Instead of a single insect’s wing flap setting off a distant tornado weeks later, rain in sub-Saharan Africa can lead to more wing-flapping butterflies in southern Europe come the next spring, a new study finds.   Orange-hued with black and white wing tips, the painted lady (Vanessa[…]

Tiny songbirds cross deserts and seas by soaring three times higher than usual

Migration ecologist Sissel Sjöberg had long wondered how tiny birds like the great reed warbler can make it across long expanses of water or desert on their epic migrations. Though just half the weight of a golf ball, they fly 7000 kilometers between Northern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa twice a year. Now, a new study[…]

Ways to Celebrate Earth Day – Everyday – from Home

Earth Day 2021   Every April 22, we celebrate Earth Day! Whether it’s a walk through the woods, picking up litter (while walking!), or buying more Earth-friendly products, here are 10 ways that you can help to care for your planet—plus some absolutely beautiful poetic verse to inspire you!   The “green things growing” whisper me[…]

Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals Harm Fish Now—and Their Unexposed Offspring Later

  Fish exposed to endocrine-disrupting compounds pass on health problems to future generations, including deformities, reduced survival, and reproductive problems, according to a new study. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, is the first of its kind in a fish that can live in freshwater, brackish water or salt water, and suggests that compounds[…]

Fun Fact Friday | Great Egret

Scientific Name: Ardea alba Population: 200,000 North America; 2.2 million world Trend: Stable Habitat: Fresh and saltwater wetlands, wooded swamps   The graceful, all-white Great Egret stands over 3 feet tall, with a lissome, S-curved neck, dagger-like yellow bill, and long black legs. This cosmopolitan wading bird is a common sight in wetlands around the world, where it is[…]