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The Extinction of Extinction

Throughout history, humans have been responsible for the extinction of many species due to hunting, deforestation, the introduction of non-native species, and habitat destruction. Some of the most well-known examples are dodo birds, passenger pigeons, and woolly mammoths, all of which were hunted to extinction. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), […]

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The Race to Curb Stormwater Runoff

A wet, heavy snow falls. It accumulates on sidewalks and roads, creating perfect conditions for cars to skid out of control and for people to slip and fall. Dump trucks spray salt and sand on roads. Rock salt is dispersed onto sidewalks and walkways. It continues to snow, but the sidewalks and roads stay clear, […]

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Turkey: The Unexpected Wild Bird of Boston

Pecking at crumbs beneath metal tables and chairs, city birds mingle together. They strike the ground with their beaks, mistaking string and candy wrappers for food. A man pulls from his pocket a Ziploc bag. Inside are two stale pieces of white bread. He opens the bag and begins tearing the bread into small pieces, […]

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Spotted Lanternflies Spotted

First, you must identify the bug. Is it red when its wings are open? Is it brown with dark brown spots when its wings are closed? If so, you’ve found yourself a spotted lanternfly. What can you do about it? As they are an invasive species, they must go. You open the cabinet beneath the […]

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Plight to Flight: The Bald Eagle Recovery Story

Up in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California stands a tree on the shore of Big Bear Lake. 145 feet up the trunk of the Jeffrey pine and nestled in between branches is a large nest in which a bald eagle roosts. Her deep brown feathers blend in with the nest’s sticks, twigs, and […]