Salmon increase bird abundance

Salmon increase bird abundance

In the Pacific Northwest, we value salmon for a multitude of reasons, but the first that comes to mind may not be that they increase bird abundance and diversity. In a study completed by Marlene Wagner and John Reynolds, they found that more birds habited streams and...
Plant Xylem Water Filtration

Plant Xylem Water Filtration

Around the world, wildlife and humans alike are facing major challenges for survival. One of our severe challenges is that over 700 million people lack basic access to safe water. Bacteria, viruses, and parasites that live in water infect humans every day and are...
Ecosystem Services: Wetlands

Ecosystem Services: Wetlands

Wetlands are sometimes referred to as the kidneys of the landscape because they function as the receivers of waste and filters of water from both natural and human sources. Different types of wetlands provide a wide range of ecosystem services. Ecosystem...
Citizen Science

Citizen Science

Noise pollution from vehicles, machinery, and construction impacts people and wildlife alike. Sound pollution can cause stress, nervous disorders, insomnia, increased blood pressure, and hypertension in humans. Research has also found that these noises interfere with...
Trends in ice cover and harp seals

Trends in ice cover and harp seals

As marine mammals, harp seals have developed strategies to survive changes in resource availability, but if essentials to live are made even less available due to climate change, it is not certain if these earless creatures will be able to cope. Seals use seasonal ice...