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New Science Shows Seagrass Meadows Suppress Pathogens
After a bout of illness in Indonesia, scientists discover that seagrass meadows have bacteria-fighting superpowers that benefit people, fish and invertebrates.
Recovery: Saving Loons from Lead Fishing Tackle
Loons face many hazards. Here’s one we can easily address: lead fishing tackle.
Saving Bats: Finding Solutions for White-Nose Syndrome
It’s not enough to document the effects of white-nose syndrome. A new effort is testing methods to stop the spread of this deadly bat disease.
10 Unexpected Impacts of Climate Change
Climate change will affect your health, your sports, even what you drink. A look at some of the more unexpected impacts.
Migratory Songbirds Transport New Ticks & Pathogens Across the Gulf
New research reveals that neotropical songbirds are transporting an estimated 19 million ticks and tick-borne pathogens to the United States each year.
Bananas to Bats: The Science Behind the First Bats Successfully Treated for White-Nose Syndrome
Last week, the first bats successfully treated for white-nose syndrome were released back into the wild. A look at the surprising science behind this good news story.
Blood, Birds, and Ticks
Using data from the Mad Island Marsh bird hotspot, researchers are studying the ticks and tick-borne pathogens birds carry to the United States.
Snake Fungal Disease: The White-Nose Syndrome for Reptiles?
Researchers in Vermont were tracking the movements of timber rattlesnakes for conservation planning, but they also made an unexpected discovery: snake fungal disease. Could these lesions be deadly to snakes ? Could it affect snake populations the way white-nose syndrome affects bats?