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How Is Climate Change Affecting the Arrival of Spring?


We can usually tell spring is here by the weather. This year, it sure felt like winter was here for longer than usual. However, many other events signal spring: a robin singing, a wood frog chorus, daffodils in bloom. The timing of these natural phenomena is shifting because of climate change. Photo: Tree Swallow. James C. Leupold/USFWS

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It's Earth Day!

Sunday April 20, 2014

Find out more about Earth Day's history, what it means, and suggestions on how you can celebrate it... Read more.

The Effects of the Western Drought

Tuesday April 15, 2014

White-tail deer

The 2013-2014 winter will be remembered for being unusually cold and snowy in much of eastern North America. In the West, though, it was a different story. Many parts of California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, and New Mexico are going through a severe drought. Read more about the expected effects from that record drought.

Photo: White-tailed deer, like many wildlife species, can be hard hit by drought. Ryan Hagerty/USFWS.

Today's Top Environmental Issues

Monday April 14, 2014


Environmental threats change over time. Wetlands were once converted to agriculture at a high rate, destroying habitat for numerous plants and animals. Now, wetlands such as these, in the prairie pothole region, are threatened by climate change. What do you thing are the top current environmental issues? Here is my take on it...read more.

Photo: Global warming and changes in land use are threatening these prairie potholes in South Dakota. Don Poggensee/USDA NRCS

It's Maple Syrup Time, Part II

Sunday April 6, 2014

As promised, here's an article examining whether sugar maples, and maple syrup production, are affected by climate change. The sugaring season here in New York is winding down, although we had a very nice sap run today. Soon the buds will start opening, changing the composition and abundance of sap. At that point, any syrup made would have a very poor taste. Enjoy the spring.

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