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Thoughts on Threatened Species

Thoughts on Threatened Species It is true that in nature, species come and species go. On rare occasions they even return. Just last week, a globally rare plant, Lobelia boykinii (Boykin's lobelia), resurfaced in Delaware, a place in which it hadn’t been seen for over a century. Scientists say that species extinction occurs naturally at a…
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Thoughts on Reintegrating Urban Ecology

To quote urban planning expert Timothy Beatley, whom we interview in the 2013 Winter Solstice issue of Leaf Litter, “We are an urbanized world now.” According to the 2012 World Population Data Sheet, 51% of the world’s population—more than ever before--now lives in urban areas. In many urban communities, something else is starting to grow along…
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Post-Sandy plight of the plover: balancing storm & habitat protection

I recently read an article on Asbury Park Press about how piping plover numbers were down even though superstorm Sandy actually created more plover habitat in New Jersey. I heard a similar message last Thursday at the Jamaica Bay Symposium from Hanem Abouelezz, a biologist with the National Park Service in reference to Rockaway Beach.…
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Tomorrow’s eco-professionals bring much needed hope – and action

When you work in an environmental field, you get used to the daily barrage or alarming news: dying whitebark pine...thinning Arctic ice...dwindling coastal wetlands, etc.  Despite the great work we do at Biohabitats to restore the Earth and inspire ecological stewardship, it can sometimes feel like the "doom and gloom" news ticker is constantly crawling…
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Let’s fix this lack of diversity in science & engineering!

I was one of the only female scientists in Biohabitats when I joined the firm in 1998. Today, female scientists and engineers make up nearly half of our staff. Although the ratio of females to males in science careers has increased over the last several decades, this chart, posted by the National Science…
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Art + science = environmental awareness

Step inside the studio of artist Jann Rosen-Queralt “I am more comfortable in the water than I am on land,” says Jann Rosen-Queralt, a swimmer, scuba diver, and artist with environmental concerns. Upon entering her studio, this is immediately evident. Sitting atop an expansive work table is a maple cutout of the Chesapeake Bay…
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Role of art in ecological restoration, conservation & regenerative design

In the collaborative practices of ecological restoration, conservation planning and regenerative design, there are roles for engineers, biologists, landscape architects, geologists, planners, and many other professions. But what about artists? How can art enhance our efforts to restore the Earth and inspire ecological stewardship? Biohabitats explored this issue in the 2013 Summer Solstice…
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The ultimate Earth Day dinner party

“If you could host a dinner party and invite anyone, living or dead, who would you invite?” I’ve always loved this little conversation starter. It generates good discussion, and often ends up revealing something about the responder’s values that might have otherwise gone undetected. Perhaps that’s why people tend to take their time before…
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“Rain Tax” in Maryland?

Those of you tracking recent outcries over new stormwater utility fees in Maryland (aka "rain taxes") should read this editorial in the Baltimore Sun. It is also good reading for those who have failed to take the time to understand the issue. Sadly, the language of this editorial will likely be lost on a…
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A non-scientist’s take on biomimicry

I am one of few non-scientists at Biohabitats. A little known truth around here is that I met my college science requirements by taking courses in psychology and computer science. So when it was time for me to research biomimicry for the latest issue of Leaf Litter, I was more than a little nervous. …
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