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

Mothers behind bars nurture relationships with visitors in this unusual prison garden

About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.

Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: children mental-health parents mothers nature plants prisons green-space jails landscape-architecture female-prisoners prisoners prison-design jail green-spaces moms

Coronavirus lockdown: Can nature help improve our mood?

How the outside world can be good for body and mind - with expert tips on making the most of it.

By Emily Kasriel • bbcnews
May 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health nature gardening coronavirus-lockdown-measures outdoor-activities

Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

What a hungry Red kite tells us about human-animal relationships.

Ben Garlick, Lecturer in Human Geography, York St John University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: environment covid-19 birds nature animals wildlife goats

New paper suggests spinosaurus may have been aquatic

New paper argues the Spinosaurus was aquatic, and powered by predatory tail.

Clea Simon • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology robotics nature stephanie-pierce dinosaurs museum-of-comparative-zoology george-lauder nizar-ibrahim spinosaurus tails theropod

Solar panels with more natural designs could cut stress

Solar panels with fractal designs inspired by nature could be more energy efficient while also cutting stress, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change nature stress renewable-energy earth-and-environment health-and-medicine fractals

Homeschooling during coronavirus: five ways to teach children about climate change

By not talking about climate change, especially the powerful emotions it can provoke, misinformation and eco-anxiety may take root.

William Finnegan, PhD Candidate, University of Oxford • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  education  climate-change  nature  homeschooling

Coronavirus: what the lockdown could mean for urban wildlife

With wild boar in Barcelona and coyotes in San Francisco, the lockdown has transformed concrete jungles worldwide.

Becky Thomas, Senior Teaching Fellow in Ecology, Royal Holloway • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  cities  coronavirus  birds  nature  lockdown  hedgehogs  urban-wildlife  urban-ecology

Coronavirus: how the lockdown could affect urban wildlife

With wild boar in Barcelona and coyotes in San Francisco, the lockdown has transformed concrete jungles worldwide.

Becky Thomas, Senior Teaching Fellow in Ecology, Royal Holloway • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  cities  coronavirus  birds  nature  lockdown  hedgehogs  urban-wildlife  urban-ecology

Antarctic seal photo wins top prize

A drone photo of crabeater seals resting on an ice float is overall winner in a nature photography competition.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
March 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: nature photography wildlife-photography

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