Caught on camera, pollinating opossums confirm decades-long theory
Feb12

Caught on camera, pollinating opossums confirm decades-long theory

New footage of nocturnal pollination of plants by opossums brings light to unpublished research nearly thirty years old In Brazil there is a plant so strange that researchers predicted – and 27 years later, proved – that opossums are key to its pollination. The findings are published in the Ecological Society of America’s journal Ecology. The plant Scybalium fungiforme, a little-known fungus-like species of the family Balanophoraceae,...

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Policy News: February 11, 2020
Feb11

Policy News: February 11, 2020

In This Issue: White House Seeks Cuts to NSF, Other Science and Environmental Programs NSF receives a seven percent cut. Trump Administration Formally Proposes Weakening the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Proposed rule would prevent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from fining companies that accidentally kill birds. Graphic: Administration Narrows Definition of Protected Waters A graphic from PoliticoPro summarizes what waters are protected...

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The Ecology of Bourbon Country
Jan16

The Ecology of Bourbon Country

By Bruce A. Byers Just north of what is now Frankfort, Kentucky, the capital of the state, the Kentucky River, flowing north at that point, makes a right-angle bend to the west. Sandbars developed at that turn, creating a shallow ford where bison crossed the river on annual migrations from east to west and back. Daniel Boone passed here, following what was called the “buffalo trace,” in 1771. Euro-American settlers followed Boone and...

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ESA updates its wildfire, forest management, and climate resources
Jan10

ESA updates its wildfire, forest management, and climate resources

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has updated its virtual issue on “Wildfire, Forest Management, and Climate.” ESA scientists with expertise on wildfire drivers, ecosystem impacts, and other related issues are available for comment and to respond to questions and inquiries. As the likelihood and intensity of fires is increasing amid drought and climate warming, multiple approaches for understanding and mitigation are needed...

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Fantastic Grandmothers and Where to Find Them
Oct29

Fantastic Grandmothers and Where to Find Them

Seven snorkeling grandmothers helped scientists uncover a large population of venomous sea snakes in a bay popular with residents and cruise passengers Amateur enthusiasts are changing the game for science and research. Citizen passion for hands-on experience with nature is helping scientists gather more and more data each day. Many of these citizen-science led projects rely on enthusiastic children and working-age adults. But a study...

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Wind-wildlife interactions are focus of newest Issues in Ecology report
Sep23

Wind-wildlife interactions are focus of newest Issues in Ecology report

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) announces the publication of a new report, “Impacts to Wildlife of Wind Energy Siting and Operation in the United States,” in ESA’s Issues in Ecology publication.

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ESA Joins with the Portuguese Ecological Society to Celebrate Ecology Day 2019 on September 14
Aug29

ESA Joins with the Portuguese Ecological Society to Celebrate Ecology Day 2019 on September 14

Celebrate Ecology Day 2019 on September 14 #ecologyday The Ecological Society of America is joining its international sister societies to celebrate a world Ecology Day September 14. You may still register an event up to Sept. 14 even though the date in the flyer  above says July 31. ESA will be doing an online social media event Sept. 14 to celebrate Ecology Day. The day’s origins came from the celebration of the 150th...

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Philanthropic roots yielding fruit at ESA’s meeting
Jul29

Philanthropic roots yielding fruit at ESA’s meeting

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke July 29, 2019 As I’ve written here previously, the Ecological Society of America works hard to manage its financial resources for the broadest possible benefit of its members. We strive to keep dues, meeting registration fees, and the cost of our services as low as possible to maximize access and value. Grants from governmental and foundation sources can support additional offerings. But in...

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ESA Welcomes Kathryn Cottingham as Editor in Chief of Ecology
Jun03

ESA Welcomes Kathryn Cottingham as Editor in Chief of Ecology

After an extensive, competitive search, the Ecological Society of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Cottingham as the Editor in Chief of its journal Ecology.

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Giant Tortoises Migrate Unpredictably in the Face of Climate Change
May20

Giant Tortoises Migrate Unpredictably in the Face of Climate Change

Unlike many migratory species, Galapagos giant tortoises do not use current environmental conditions to time their seasonal migration Galapagos giant tortoises, sometimes called Gardeners of the Galapagos, are creatures of habit. In the cool dry season, the highlands of the volcano slopes are engulfed in cloud which allows the vegetation to grow despite the lack of rain. On the lower slopes, however, there is no thick fog layer, and...

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