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

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 prisons nature plants green-space jails parents landscape-architecture female-prisoners prisoners mothers prison-design jail green-spaces moms

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: wildlife birds goats nature animals environment covid-19

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:  climate-change  education  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  birds  nature  coronavirus  hedgehogs  urban-wildlife  urban-ecology  lockdown

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  birds  nature  coronavirus  hedgehogs  urban-wildlife  urban-ecology  lockdown

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