Reflections on light pollution

In a paper published online this month in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, ESA member Bruce Robertson and his colleagues in biology and biophysics explore the concept of polarized light pollution. They synthesize work that shows how light reflected off of human-made surfaces can confuse animals and alter their behavior, leading to injury or even death. The American Museum of Natural History is featuring this research in an...

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Policy News Update

There’s been a lot of buzz in Washington these past few weeks, and a good deal of it is about science. Here are highlights from today’s issue of the ESA Policy News Update, written by ESA’s Policy Analyst, Piper Corp. Science in the Economic Stimulus Bill. An $825 billion economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009, is set to go to vote in the U.S. House of Representatives next week. House...

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The 109th annual Christmas bird count

One of last week’s Nature editorials extols the 109th annual Christmas bird count, a tradition started by the National Audubon Society as an alternative to the former competitive sport of shooting birds to mark the holidays.  The survey, which takes place during a three-week interval that overlaps Christmas and New Year’s Day each year, involves birders of all ages and backgrounds from around the globe traipsing through the...

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Get ‘em outside

ESA is a member of the No Child Left Inside coalition, a group of American societies, institutions and other coalitions trying to reverse the trend that today’s youth are spending less and less time outside, to the detriment of themselves and society. At the core of this problem, says the Coalition, is the lack of dedicated environmental education in our K-12 schools. This video points out some startling statistics, like the fact that...

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If you do science you should read this

Brian Greene, a professor of physics at Columbia, writes in the Sunday New York Times (June 1, 2008), “. . . Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective…..To be able to think through and grasp explanations — for everything from why the sky is blue to how life formed on earth — not because they are declared dogma but rather because they reveal patterns confirmed by experiment and observation, is one of...

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Undergraduate students: Travel to Alaska with the SEEDS program!

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Alaska with the SEEDS program! The spring SEEDS field trip will be to the Bonanza Creek LTER from May 25-31 with the theme of “ecology on the edge: polar ecosystems and their response to climate change”. SEEDS serves undergraduate students who are underrepresented in the ecology profession. Applications is now closed! Contact seeds@esa.org for information. Contributed...

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