4/28/14 Volume XLVII, No. 16
Some things get better with age, and that’s especially true for trees. A recent study found that old trees beat younger trees hands-down – or maybe roots down – when it comes to removing carbon from the atmosphere.
That’s something to keep in mind on Arbor Day – our national day for celebrating trees – on April 25.
Published in the journal Nature, the study shows that, unlike people, mature trees don’t slow down after adolescence. . . .
4/25/14 Volume XLVII, No. 17
New Jersey’s climate in March was the coldest in 30 years, and the eleventh coldest since the first records of the late 1880s! Data isn’t in yet for April, but we all know it’s been cold, and forecasts call for continued cooler temperatures.
While some folks can’t wait for hot weather, having winter leap straight into summer isn’t good for our flora and fauna. This year’s slow onset of spring has some cool ecological effects! . . .
4/11/14 Volume XLVII, No. 15
Chickadees aren’t signs of spring, since these cheery little birds are year-round Jersey residents. But they could signal a warming climate.
An interesting new study focuses on “hybrid” chickadees – the offspring of northern black-capped chickadees and their southern relatives, Carolina chickadees – in places where the two ranges overlap. Because the hybrid birds are infertile and can’t reproduce, they’re found only in a long, narrow strip of . . .
4/4/14 Volume XLVII, No. 14
Here’s some homework! Explore the woods, climb a tree, race through a field, build a fort. Splash in the water, catch a fish, explore a city park, turn over a log. Sleep in a tent, gaze up at stars, follow a trail, listen to birds. Play in the mud, hold a frog, plant a garden, follow animal tracks.
These once-common activities – from back in the days when parents sent their kids outside and told them not to come home until dinner – may not be real school . . .