Ecology

11:38am

Mon July 22, 2013
Quite A Ride

With Statewide Tour Over, ‘Pickin’ Up TN’ Travels Online

Dave Porfiri, his wife Linda Duvoisin and their two daughters Jane and Harlan spend most of June 2013 on the road.  They’re filmmakers, and they drove an RV to about 40 counties across the state and gathered footage for the Pickin’ Up Tennessee project, which is raising awareness about litter.  Now they’re posting the films online and encouraging others to contribute footage, with a total goal of 95 films.  

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12:05pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Ecology

TN Valley Wild Ones: Planting Milkweed to Save Monarchs

A female Monarch butterfly
Credit Kenneth Dwain Harrelson / (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)

    The monarch butterfly population is dwindling, and gardeners in Chattanooga are helping restore the butterflies' lost habitats.  The Tennessee Valley Wild Ones ordered 1,500 milkweed plants from Monarch Watch, a national organization based in Kansas, and they're donating some of the plants to people building monarch waystations.

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6:05pm

Tue May 21, 2013
Invasive Insects

Woolly Adelgids Threaten Thousands of Signal Mountain & Cumberland Hemlocks

Small, white adelgid egg sacs on this Signal Mountain hemlock tree look like tiny balls of cotton.

A WUTC feature news segment on the Woolly Adelgid infesting the Chattanooga region.

Eastern hemlock trees atop Signal Mountain and across the Cumberland Plateau are common right now, but many could die off in the next few years.  The woolly adelgid, a tiny, invasive insect species originally from Asia, is spreading through the forest and slowly killing hemlocks.  Dr. Jennifer Boyd from the Signal Mountain Tree Board says, “This is really all we've talked about for the past couple of months.”  In this segment, we hear about potential solutions.

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2:02pm

Thu June 21, 2012
Participatory Ecology

Jan 21st: Naked, Frigid Biologist Commiserates With Chickadees

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature, by David George Haskell

David George Haskell's new book The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature chronicles his experiences getting up close and personal with creatures in a patch of old-growth forest in Sewanee.

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