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2014-08-26 12:22:12

Engage With Their National Park Adventures Using The Hashtag #ALEx14 WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, today announced the eight individuals selected for the 2014 @American_Latino Expedition. In its second year, this Expedition engages diverse audiences and inspires exploration and stewardship of America's national parks, all the while highlighting American Latino culture, history, and...

2014-08-25 12:21:51

FREE ADMISSION AND SPECIAL EVENTS AT NATIONAL PARKS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the National Park Service celebrates its 98(th) birthday and, along with the National Park Foundation, begins the countdown to its 100(th) anniversary in 2016 with an entrance fee-free day at all national parks, a host of exciting events across the country, and the launch of a new Centennial logo. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140324/DC89075LOGO "Today,...

ants sympatric speciation
2014-08-25 03:00:57

Peter Iglinski, University of Rochester A newly-discovered species of ant supports a controversial theory of species formation. The ant, only found in a single patch of eucalyptus trees on the São Paulo State University campus in Brazil, branched off from its original species while living in the same colony, something thought rare in current models of evolutionary development. “Most new species come about in geographic isolation,” said Christian Rabeling, assistant professor of...

2014-08-22 16:20:29

Sea turtles struggle to find food with rising temperatures MIAMI, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An unprecedented marine heat wave that swept the Southeast Indian Ocean in 2011 has given FIU scientists a glimpse into the future of climate change. The heat wave caused the loss of more than 90 percent of the dominant seagrass in some regions of Shark Bay, Australia. Since seagrass meadows provide habitat for many ecologically important species, and provide food for large...

2014-08-21 12:21:24

PHOENIX, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- U-Haul, the largest do-it-yourself moving company in North America, and The Conservation Fund, a top-ranked environmental nonprofit, celebrated a milestone today: the company's one-millionth customer donated to The Conservation Fund's Go Zero® program. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140820/138329 Beginning in 2007, U-Haul offered customers the opportunity to donate $3, $5 or $10 at checkout to Go Zero and support conservation projects around the...

Adoption Of ‘Novel Ecosystems’ By Policymakers Criticized By Professor
2014-08-20 03:19:16

University of Tennessee at Knoxville Embracing "novel" ecosystems is dangerous, according to a new study by an international team. Novel ecosystems arise when human activities transform biological communities through species invasions and environmental change. They are seemingly ubiquitous, and thus many policymakers and ecologists argue for them to be accepted as the "new normal"—an idea the researchers say is a bad one. In the study, published in the September edition of the...

forests in peril
2014-08-20 07:08:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An estimated 95 percent of the primary forests that existed prior to the advent of agriculture have been lost in non-protected areas, according to new research published online Thursday in the Society for Conservation Biology journal Conservation Letters. The paper, which was prepared by an international team of experts in forest ecology, conservation biology, international policy and practical forest conservation issues, details...

2014-08-13 12:23:12

NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION PROGRAM PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING TO CONNECT STUDENTS WITH AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, has awarded $474,140 in grants to 65 national parks through its 2014 Ticket to Ride program. Now in its third year, this program provides the much-needed funds to make national park field trips possible for schools across the country....

2014-08-12 08:23:46

ASHLAND, Ore., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Two recently published scientific studies add to a growing body of research on the ecological importance of forest fires, even severe ones, in the western U.S, particularly California's Sierra region. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140811/135259 One study, published in Natural Areas Journal (http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.3375/043.034.0317), documented the ecological importance of forest fires for numerous plants and...

Ecology Of California Shaped By History Of Fire And Drought, Past And Future
2014-08-11 03:02:56

Ecological Society of America Fire season has arrived in California with vengeance in this third year of extended drought for the state. A series of large fires east of Redding and Fresno, in Yosemite, and on the Oregon border prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency on Sunday, August 3rd. As force of destruction and renewal, fire has a long and intimate history with the ecology of California. Ecological scientists will discuss aspects of that history in detail at the...


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Guadalupe Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma macrodactyla
2014-09-08 09:23:52

The Guadalupe Storm Petrel (Oceanodroma macrodactyla) is a sea bird of small size belonging to the storm petrel family Hydrobatidae. It is apparently extinct. This species was nearly indistinguishable from its relative, Leach’s Storm petrel. Within the field, they couldn’t be told apart except by their circannual rhythm. In the hand, the Guadalupe Storm Petrel could be distinguished by slightly larger size and the paler colored underwing coverts. It bred only on Guadalupe Island off...

Sequoia slender salamander, Batrachoseps kawia
2014-02-06 10:04:58

The Sequoia slender salamander (Batrachoseps kawia) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to California, ranging the western Sierra Mountains in California and the Kaweah River in Tulare County, California. The Sequoia slender salamander inhabits deciduous woodlands, mossy green areas and coniferous forests. The Sequoia slender salamander typically reaches lengths between 1.3 to 1.8 inches long from snout to vent.  As its common name implies, its small, slim body...

San Gabriel slender salamander, Batrachoseps gabrieli
2014-02-06 09:49:23

The San Gabriel slender salamander (Batrachoseps gabrieli) is a member of the Plethodontidae family of salamander species. The species is native to California and it is found ranging from the San Gabriel Canyon, in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains to Kimbark and Waterman Canyon in the extreme western San Bernardino Mountains. The San Gabriel slender salamander grows to lengths between 1.5 and 2 inches. As its name implies, its small, slim body gives this salamander an almost wormlike...

Garden slender salamander
2014-01-28 09:52:54

The Garden slender salamander (Batrachoseps major) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to southern California and Mexico. The Sequoia slender salamander inhabits coastal sage scrub and woodlands, coniferous forests and rocky slopes. The species may also be found in common suburban gardens. The Garden slender salamander typically reaches lengths between 1.2 to 2.3 inches long from snout to vent. Its tail may measure almost 40% of its entire length. As its common...

Black-bellied Slender Salamander, Batrachoseps nigriventris
2014-01-17 15:33:18

The Black-bellied slender salamander (Batrachoseps nigriventris) is a member of the Plethodontidae family. The species is native to California. The slender salamander often inhabits oak woodlands. The species may also be found in mountains, stream surroundings and grasslands. The Black-bellied slender salamander ranges specifically throughout the mountains and valleys of the coast range from southern Monterey County south to the Santa Ana Mountains, including the Tehachapi, Santa Monica...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'