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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? 2

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(…)

When Native Plants are the Problem 0

It’s common knowledge now that when it comes to plants, native species are definitely better than nonnative species, right? No questions asked, no need to clarify. Well, although it is true that native plant species are generally preferred, too much of a focus on pro-native plant policies can miss big problems and lead to big costs(…)

Enlisting Animals as Environmental Aides – Then and Now 1

In 1842, Charles Dickens, at the age of 29, visited New York City and saw its trash management team in action: ….[H]alf-a-dozen gentlemen hogs have just now turned the corner,” wrote Dickens. “Here is a solitary swine lounging homeward by himself. He has only one ear, having parted with the other to vagrant-dogs in the(…)

REVitalizing New York’s Energy System 0

If you live in New York State, then you’re probably well aware that, on average, you’re paying a whopping 15.2 cents per kWh on your electricity bill. This is 57 percent more than the national average, and behind only Alaska, at 16.3 cents per kWh, and Hawaii, which is way out in front at 34 cents(…)

Plant Don’t Plant: Pocket Guide to Backyard Friends and Foes 0

Today marks the release of the Plant Don’t Plant consumer guide, created by the Pace Environmental Policy Clinic. Our card includes a list of 20 common native plants for consumers to purchase in the New York region as well as a list of 20 common non-native invasive plants for consumers to avoid purchasing. More complete(…)