11/23/16 Volume XLIX, No. 46
In November, Arctic sea ice is usually on the rise. But extraordinarily warm temperatures in the polar region are having the opposite reaction.
According to the Washington Post, researchers in the Arctic report that as of last weekend Arctic sea ice was still shrinking, during a season when short daylight hours usually mean bitter cold and ice growth.
Why does this matter? Arctic sea ice acts as the Northern Hemisphere’s air conditioner, keeping vast parts of our planet . . .
Autumn leaves are dropping; starting an inevitable timeless recycling process that enriches the soil. You might think that once the leaves have all dropped, that forests begin to wind down for a long winter snooze.
But according to Dr. Emile DeVito, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s staff biologist, critical ecological processes and fascinating animal behaviors begin in the fall and continue right through winter.
As Emile explains, falling leaves pile up . . .
11/10/16 Volume XLIX, No. 44
The birth of New Jersey’s environmental movement began with a news scoop.
On Dec. 3 1959, folks living near the Great Swamp in Morris County were stunned to see a front page Newark Evening News story revealing the Port Authority’s plan to build a new airport in the marshes, wetlands, meadows and woods of the Great Swamp.
Residents quickly mobilized to fight the “jetport.” One grassroots group quietly bought up private land in the swamp for . . .
11/3/16 Volume XLIX, No. 43
Donald and Beverley Jones were among Hunterdon County’s most ardent conservationists. If not for them, landmarks like the Prallsville Mills, Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge and Locktown Stone Church might not be standing today. And lands along the picturesque Wickecheoke Creek wouldn’t be available for public enjoyment.
In memory of Donald and Beverley, hundreds of community members come together every November to hike the fields and forests of this special . . .