- Green Roofs:: An informative article by green roof expert Dusty Gedge discusses the benefits of small-scale green roofs for biodiversity.
- What kind of meadow is best for wildlife?:: This interesting article from the Guardian’s garden blog discusses the benefits and differences between and urban meadow and traditional meadow.
- Do Golf Courses Make Good Bat Habitats?:: An article from ScienceNOW which features a wildlife ecologists recent study on the potential benefit of golf courses for bats and found that they can indeed be good bat habitat.
- Wildlife In The City In The Desert:: This interesting article features urban wildlife not common to most regions, desert wildlife such as rabbits, roadrunners, quail and lizards.
- From Country Bumpkin to City Dweller: Urban Wildlife:: Another interesting article about urban wildlife, this one celebrates the ingenuity of urban dwellers and how successful some species such as birds and foxes, have…
- Course Changes Rough on Residents:: An interesting article about the attempt of a golf course to provide habitat and the challenges faced from the neighbors.
- Photo From the Field:: A blog post documenting the installation of a nestbox for Peregrine Falcons on a water tower from Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
- Why We Must Learn to Love Weeds:: This is a really interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about the concept of a weed and what that does or doesn’t mean.
- Toads’ epic journey for life, renewal threatened by Highway 6 traffic at Summit Lake:: Here is an article that features the annual movement of toads from uplands to wetlands and their dangerous route across a busy highway that at times kills so many toads the road must be sanded to combat the slick corpses.
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- Injured baby hawk saved by FDNY in Queens:: From New York City comes a story about an immature Coopers Hawk injured and rescued by a Fireman who also happens to be a wildlife rehabilitator.
- South Waterfront & OHSU Ecoroof Tour:: From the TERRA.fluxus blog is a recap of one of the tours as part of Ecoroof Portland this month.
- Recap: Stephan Brenneisen Visit and SOWA/OHSA tour:: Another recap of the tours, this one from the Ecoroof Portland Blog.
- Downtown Ecoroof Walking Tour:: More coverage of a second tour as part of Ecoroof Portland.
- Pet Talk: Cats and birds would benefit from plan to keep cats inside, two groups say:: From Oregon Live is a story about two groups finding they have a common interest in keeping cats indoors.
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Artificial lighting affects not only our ability to see the stars, but it affects a great many aspects of the ecology of wildlife. Light can impact wildlife directly by streetlights or lit buildings, or more indirectly with sky glow, the light from combined city lights. It can affect many difference facets in the lives of wildlife including feeding, migrating, mating and even sleeping and in the worst instances it results in death.
One of the more well known and better documented examples is the impact of lights along beaches on newly hatched turtles. Once hatched from their eggs the young turtles naturally move towards the brightest lights which on a natural beach would be the stars and in the direction of the ocean. Instead, many turtles move inland because of bright lights, which subjects them to predators, cars, dehydration and ultimately death. Beaches with too much light can even prevent…