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Scale Scare

Scale insects, particularly those of the armored variety, are basically the bane of landscape managers’ existence. They are one of the toughest pests to control. Cryptomeria scale, Aspidiotus cryptomeriae, is one of these armored scales which is also incredibly hard to detect, because it is covered in a translucent, waxy coating. It can resemble the elongate hemlock scale,…

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Pioneering Pollinators

With the decline of wild habitat to support pollinators it should come as no small surprise that bees are swarming urban areas in search of high-quality, diverse food sources. Research by Gordon Frankie, urban entomologist at the University of California Berkeley, is probing the question of how often bees are foraging in urban areas. He…

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Migration Monitoring

The great migration has begun! While many birds migrate to southern climes to overwinter, the migration of monarch butterflies can be so dramatic and impressive, people gather at popular viewing sites to see the sky darken with winged beauties and swarms can be tracked by weather radar. In spite of a tough year, due to drought,…

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Science behind Stone Walls

Stone walls are ubiquitous in New England, most of us take them for granted, not giving them a second thought, yet there is a rich history regarding these seemingly innocuous structures. The book “Stone by Stone: The Magnificent History of New England’s Stone Walls”, written by University of Connecticut geology professor, Robert Thorson explores the…

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Habitat Help

The majority of forests in the northeast are privately owned, which has a global impact on wildlife habitat. Access to forest lands in the northeast is critical for breeding regimes of dozens of neotropical birds who travel thousands of miles to get there. For some of these species 90% of their global population breeds in…

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Particulars of Nonpoint

Perhaps you have heard about point and nonpoint source water pollution, what is the difference and why is it important? Pollution from a point source is emanating from a source which can be identified, i.e. discharging pipes, construction etc., while nonpoint sources cannot be so specifically determined. Nonpoint source water contaminants can come from varied sources…

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Interior Invaders

Around this time of year when the weather starts getting crisp and cool, insects start to seek asylum in warmer spots, most notably your home. Fall house invaders think that they want a warmer habitat but truly, it messes with their circadian rhythms, preparation for winter and survival. Insects that should be going dormant for the…

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Plant Pest Prevention

Plant pest prevention, disease management and disaster prevention programs implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), funded by the Farm Bill, help to protect our natural and agricultural resources from foreign pest threats through pest surveys, identification, inspection, mitigation, risk analysis, public education and outreach. These programs…