COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.

Casey Setash, PhD student in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 biology nature ecology coronavirus-2020 wildlife ducks phenology massachusetts migratory-birds colorado thoreau field-research

What 'Walden' can tell us about social distancing and focusing on life's essentials

'Walden,' published in 1854, is a manual for solitude with a purpose.

Robert M. Thorson, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  social-distancing  literature  books  environmentalism  materialism  us-history  massachusetts  solitude  henry-david-thoreau

Baby boom for North Atlantic right whales off US coast

US researchers spot three mother and calf pairs of the endangered North American right whale species.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
April 14, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: environment united-states endangered-species massachusetts whales

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