One Cool Thing: Count Some Bugs for Science

One Cool Thing: Count Some Bugs for Science

Insects are a vital food source for migratory birds. Scientists need your help tracking how these insect populations are responding to climate change. A citizen science project called Caterpillars Count! is recruiting volunteers to help understand how insect populations are changing. (NatGeo recently made evident that insects are in need of our help!) As Discover Magazine explained, […]

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EPA Grants Experimental Mosquito Permit, Studies Show Insect Populations Declining

EPA Grants Experimental Mosquito Permit, Studies Show Insect Populations Declining

The Environmental Protection Agency granted an experimental permit to Oxitec, a company with close ties to President Trump, that allows them to release in the Houston and Florida Keys areas genetically altered mosquitoes intended to help curb the spread of harmful diseases like Zika, chikungunya, and dengue.

Why This Matters:  Preventing the spread of harmful diseases is a good thing.  But it is hard to trust whether experimental permits like this one are in the public’s best interest when big donors to the President appear to get favorable treatment by government agencies.

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Climate Change Cripples the Great Monarch Migration

Climate Change Cripples the Great Monarch Migration

The North American migration of monarch butterflies is truly extraordinary. The 3,000-mile journey from Canada to Mexico draws spectators from around the world to behold its magic. In fact, in Mexican folklore, the butterflies are believed to carry the souls of loved ones. But although their migration and entire lives depend on adapting to climate, […]

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Scientists Unveil a Roadmap to Stop Insect Extinction Crisis

Scientists Unveil a Roadmap to Stop Insect Extinction Crisis

In 2019 we learned that the world’s insects are facing an extinction crisis: more than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. When insects disappear, entire ecosystems suffer as a result. That’s why more than 70 scientists from around the world have put together a new “roadmap to insect recovery” that […]

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One cool thing: 1 billion painted lady butterflies dazzle SoCal

One cool thing: 1 billion painted lady butterflies dazzle SoCal

Swarms of orange and black painted lady butterflies have been mesmerizing Southern Californians as close to a billion of them have been making their migration from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. While this has happened before this is the largest such migration since 2005. As the New York Times explained,  “substantial rainfall in the deserts […]

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