Kestrels thrive in cherry orchards–and return favor

Read the full story at Great Lakes Echo. New homes may help save a declining bird species and, at the same time, protect economically vital cherry crops from orchard-damaging enemies. That’s the conclusion of scientists who placed nest boxes in Leelanau County, Michigan, cherry orchards in an effort to support more breeding populations of the …

In Norway, Fighting the Culling of Reindeer With a Macabre Display

Read the full story in the New York Times. On a winter-wonderland Wednesday in Oslo, as ice skaters held hands and rosy-cheeked toddlers lined up for rides on a merry-go-round and Ferris wheel, hundreds of bullet-ridden reindeer skulls were strung up yards away in a macabre curtain outside the Stortinget, Norway’s Parliament. The reindeer heads …

The creators of the world’s smallest mollusk museum have giant ambitions

Read the full story in the Washington Post. When I told my roommate that I was headed to the world's smallest mollusk museum over Thanksgiving, she laughed out loud. “World's smallest?” she repeated. “I could put some shells in a shoe box, and then I'd have the smallest mollusk museum.” Luckily for the museum's creators, Amanda Schochet and …

Illinois sportfish recovery a result of 1972 Clean Water Act, scientists report

Read the full story from the University of Illinois. Populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and other sportfish are at the highest levels recorded in more than a century in the Illinois River, according to a new report. Their dramatic recovery, from populations close to zero near Chicago throughout much of the 20th century, began …