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Invasive Spotlight: Giant Hogweed 0

Giant hogweed is a non-native, invasive plant that is particularly dangerous to humans. It disguises itself as a tall wild flower but it can cause scarring burns and worse. Learn to identify it!

ePolicy Returns September 9 0

‘Significant’ Clarification to Endangered Species Act

‘Significant’ Clarification to Endangered Species Act 0

Changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are passionately argued across the full spectrum of public  opinion. Perhaps more than any other environmental statute, it has historically pitted the rights of the individual against the right of government to protect species from extinction. The July 1 decision clarifying the key word “significant” caused the same(…)

The Last Chain on Billie 0

Billie the elephant arrived in the United States from India shortly after her birth some 50 years ago. After being torn prematurely from her mother (who was most likely killed), Billie was sent to a zoo in Massachusetts where she spent 6 years giving rides to children and roaming her small enclosure. Then in 1972(…)

New Yorkers Act During Invasive Species Awareness Week 1

This week marks the first ever Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) in New York State. In a proclamation signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, July 6th to the 12th has been designated as a time for, “residents and visitors alike … to learn more about these invasive species and their damaging environmental, societal, and economic impact on New(…)

Sign the Petition Against Exotic Animal Abuse in New York Circuses

Sign the Petition Against Exotic Animal Abuse in New York Circuses 0

Support the petition to prevent the torture of exotic animals in circuses that travel to New York State.

Wildlife Collision App Records Roadkill 0

Recent Utah State University wildlife biology graduate and Quinney Fellow, Daniel D. Olson, led development for an app that allows users to record incidents of wildlife-automobile collisions.  The application antiquates the paper and pen method, cutting down recording time by half while decreasing error from over 2,500 feet to 15 feet. Users choose the species(…)

Why did the animal cross the road?

Why did the animal cross the road? 0

Vehicle collisions with wildlife already cost Americans $8 million a year, and accidents are on the rise because more cars and trucks are driving on new roads. Additionally, at least 200 crashes of the 725,000 to 1.5 million collisions each year will kill the people involved as they hit or swerve to miss the animals.(…)

How Does a 170-Pound Man Control a 4-Ton Elephant? Meet the Bullhook 0

The word “circus” immediately calls to mind images of people in silly costumes commanding exotic animals dressed in even sillier costumes to perform bewildering stunts. But did you ever wonder how a 170-pound man gets a 4-ton Asian elephant to do things? Let’s take a closer look at that rod the instructors always keep in(…)

The Double Life of Purple Loosestrife 0

Purple loosestrife has a well-deserved place on the Most Unwanted List for invasive plants in New York, but its beauty makes it a tough target for those seeking to maintain native ecosystems. (Nothing on the Pace Plant Don’t Plant list is more appealing and problematic than purple loosestrife.) The flowering plant, with the scientific name Lythrum(…)