24 February 2017

Saturday night?

The salamanders might be crossing tomorrow night! If you live close to campus, this might be a very unusual wildlife viewing opportunity. Plus, it might help you in your study of habitat for an upcoming exam.

If you go, please observe all safety precautions described on the website.

Aquifer at risk

National Geographic has a great interactive story on the Ogallala Aquifer. Not only is it a large one, but it is in a central location. The aquifer underlies much of the Great Plains and provides 30% of all of the water used to irrigate US agriculture. Even though it is easy to read and written for a general audience, the story integrates key terms like recharge and unsaturated zone.

23 February 2017

Wetlands value

When we talk about wetlands, we often assume that our audience already knows why they are so important. But every so often it is worth reviewing the message.

What makes wetlands valuable and to whom? The NRCS has developed an easy explanation which includes a small section on regional differences for each part of the country. The midwest section emphasizes a decline in waterfowl while the section on the West cites a specific loss, "Wetlands in California's Central Valley have been reduced from more than 4 million acres to about 300,000 acres."

22 February 2017

Reading a hydrograph

For students interested in refreshing their memories on the way that hydrographs work, this video should help out.

Could you read a hydrograph if it showed up on the exam? What does this have to do with Environmental Planning?

20 February 2017

Bird habitat

As we start to talk about habitat, I thought this post/ad from SFI might be interesting. It lists 6 projects promoting bird habitat. If you think that birds can just land anywhere, think about this list a little more.

Also, this weekend we saw a pair of bald eagles just 2 or 3 miles up the Raritan River (near the Somerset Diner) from the College Ave campus. Someone said their nest was nearby and eBird has someone sighting them recently too. Just a few miles further upstream is a widely known breeding pair at Duke Farms. You can watch them on the EagleCam, especially once they have some eggs to hatch.

18 February 2017

Lecture: The Gardens of Joseph and Napoleon Bonaparte

Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
"The Gardens of Joseph and Napoleon Bonaparte"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cook/Douglass Lecture Hall, Room 110, Cook Campus