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There are too many pull quotes to choose from: • Billions of #broodx#cicadasarecoming • They'll be LOUD. • If you're still like a tree they'll climb you and try to leave eggs on you. Rude. • They'll leave dead skin and THEN dead bodies everywhere. https://t.co/J7SI51atTM
The Washington, D.C. region will be covered with some busy and noisy bugs soon. Brood X cicadas — the ones that emerge from the underground every 17 years — will be in a tree or a bush or your car very soon, getting it on. The density of them is mind-blowing — 1.5 million an acre — according to Mike Raupp, an entomologist who travels the country giving speeches about them. (really?) They are only found here in the Eastern U.S., and although 14 other states get them too, the DMV is going to be the “epicenter” of the cicada universe from May through July. Once they mate, they die, but not until the female plants her eggs in trees. So watch your step and close your windows, the cicadas are coming!
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Almost 1,000 of Florida’s manatees have died as of Oct.1 this year, setting a tragic record for the most deaths in a year, with two months left to go. Deaths were largely caused by starvation — the predator-less sea cows typically spend hours a day eating seagrass, but declining […]
Do you have a good eye? Are you surprisingly good at Where’s Waldo and like Walruses? If so, we have great opportunity for you! The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is seeking volunteers to help count Atlantic walruses…from space. Sea ice is retreating fast as global temperatures rise, forcing walruses to crowd on smaller floes […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer At a UN conference in Kunming, China, President Xi Jinping set aside $230 million to form a fund that preserves biodiversity in developing countries. This announcement was made at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity talks (COP15) which are dedicated to preserving delicate ecosystems and preventing plants and animals […]
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