3/27/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 13
Here in America’s most densely populated metropolitan area, it’s hard to believe there are still new animal species being discovered!
But thanks to modern technology and the work of Rutgers University doctoral student Jeremy Feinberg, the existence of a previously unidentified species of leopard frog was confirmed last fall.
This thumb-sized amphibian, the Atlantic Coast leopard frog, lives in the swamps and marshes of eight East Coast states, including New . . .
3/19/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 12
Addressing a crowd of more than 350 people gathered in Trenton, Nobel laureate Dr. Eric Chivian asked a question: How many people have had Lyme disease or know someone who had it?
Almost every hand shot up. This shouldn’t surprise most folks who live in New Jersey.
But why? Dr. Chivian, a Harvard professor and New Jersey native, offered a theory: Reduced vertebrate diversity, caused at least in part by climate change, promotes the disease’s spread.
He . . .
3/13/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 11
March 22 is World Water Day, a global reminder about water’s fundamental support of life.
Clean and abundant water doesn’t happen by itself, which is why the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 established the first World Water Day. Every year, World Water Day shines a spotlight on a particular aspect of water supply and protection.
This year’s theme is “Water and Sustainable Development,” which is especially appropriate for New Jersey. This . . .
3/5/15 Volume XLVIII, No. 10
Among New Jersey’s native wild animals, few are more shy and elusive than bobcats. Even wildlife biologists who are constantly searching for these magnificent cats consider themselves lucky to see one.
“It’s just a flash that quickly disappears,” said Gretchen Fowles, a biologist with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered and Nongame Species program, and head of a project to track the state’s bobcat population. “They’re . . .