It’s a launch! Radio transmitters beeping, Snapping Turtles #1 and 2 are swimming somewhere off the IPFW campus as the first phase in a long-term study of turtles in Fort Wayne’s rivers. Graduate student Kevin McLane will be tracking turtles along the St. Joe River over the next couple of summers, seeing where they go, […]
Recently a new app has been released through Ohio State University. The free app is usable on iPhones and iPads. For the environmentally inclined, the app can be used to report sightings of invasive species to a research database. The goal of its developers was to make invasive species monitoring easy for the public. http://www.limaohio.com/news/business/article_75018904-b81e-11e2-9c08-0019bb30f31a.html […]
President Obama plans for $300 million to be allocated towards the Great Lakes in 2014. The funds will be used for projects ranging from wetlands restoration to invasive Asian carp control. Full story here.
The peregrine falcon has recovered well from population crashes caused by the pesticide DDT in the mid 20th century. Success is due in part to conservation efforts, such as those employed by Indiana Michigan Power (I&M). The utility company’s Fort Wayne branch houses a nesting box with a mating pair of falcons, which recently laid […]
Over half of the rivers and streams in the United States are deemed in too poor condition for life, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Heavy metals, bacteria, and fertilizer runoff constitute the majority of pollutants. Click link below for full story. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/26/17475544-epa-more-than-half-of-us-rivers-unsuitable-for-aquatic-life?lite
Research by Reuben Goforth, assistant professor of forestry and natural resources at Purdue University, indicates that Asian carp can reproduce in a wider variety of habitat than was initially thought. Goforth’s research suggests that the Asian carp can spawn later in the year than expected and in shallower water than in their native Asian ecosystems. […]
Toxic algal blooms can be harmful to aquatic ecosystems. Recently, algae have been a growing problem for Lake Erie, decimating much of the aquatic wildlife and industry. Experts predict that this summer the lake will experience a particularly troublesome bloom. Read more here.
On Sunday April 21 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. many will gather at Eagle Marsh in Fort Wayne to celebrate Earth Day. Traditionally, Earth Day is an annual time during which people recognize and appreciate the natural world. This year at Eagle Marsh environmental organizations, volunteer groups, and families will join the festivities. A 5k walk, nature […]
Monterey Bay Aquarium, host of Seafood Watch, has information on the environmental consequences of the seafood you eat. Not only can you find this at their website, but you can even put a regionally (and globally) relevant application that tells you about species wherever you have your phone or tablet! Find out more at: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/download.aspx
Recently, one of the male Sumatran tigers at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was sent to the San Diego Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ conservation breeding program. However, the Children’s Zoo also recently received two Sumatran tigers from a Texas-based zoo.