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If you live in Washington, D.C. the cicadas are hard to ignore. But this week their mating-frenzied existence reached new levels of intrusion in day-to-day DC. On Tuesday evening, as AP’s Jonathan Lemire reported, “The White House press charter, flying from Dulles to Europe ahead of President Biden, has been delayed for hours – due to mechanical issues caused by cicadas Yes. Cicadas.” President Biden also got the “cicada treatment” when one flew into his head on his way to board Air Force One to start the trip on Wednesday morning. Twitter (via The Hill and others) captured that Presidential moment! The cicadas are so heavily present in the DC area that the local weather radar (which is extremely sensitive, but still) got fuzzy and weather geeks determined it was the cicadas. Wow! The cicada phenomenon kinda puts us, humans, in our place — even the mightiest ones!
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has set a new conservation standard, called the IUCN green status of species. This standard will not only suggest how close a species is to extinction but also how close it is to recovering its original population size and health. […]
As IFAW recently explained, no matter where you live—the valleys of the Himalayas, the Melbourne coastline, or the landlocked prairies of Kentucky—more than 50% of the air you breathe is produced by the ocean. Yet the ocean makes much of that oxygen thanks to little marine organisms called phytoplankton and the marvels of whale poop. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Rivers and lakes across Northwestern states — from Yellowstone to Montana — have lost most of their trout, due to extreme drought conditions. Because of this, state authorities have implemented a variety of restrictions to preserve their dwindling trout populations, leaving recreational fly fishers in the lurch. Why This […]
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