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Keystone Plants

Functional food webs are essential for the successful conservation of ecological communities, and in terrestrial systems, food webs are built on a foundation of coevolved interactions between plants and their consumers. Here, we collate published data on host plant ranges and associated host plant-Lepidoptera interactions from across the contiguous United States and demonstrate that among ecosystems, …

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Bird Food Study

Can invasive species replace native species as a resource for birds under climate change? A case study on bird-fruit interactions Biological Conservation Volume 241, January 2020, 108268 Amanda S.Gallinat, Utah State University, Department of Biology and Ecology Center, Logan, UT, 84322, USA Richard B.Primack, Boston University, Department of Biology, Boston, MA, 02215, USA Trevor L.Lloyd-Evans, Manomet, …

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Meet the Researchers – Sam Droege

Sam Droege, is a biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, in Maryland. He’s an expert on both birds and pollinator species, though he doesn’t fit the mold of a government scientist. His spectacular macro portraits of bees, shot using a camera rig he devised by modifying one used by the U.S. Army, have several hundred thousand …

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Better Berries for Birds

Doreen Cubie – Garden for Wildlife – February 1st 2021 THROUGHOUT MUCH OF THE UNITED STATES, flocks of yellow-rumped warblers are conspicuous birds during the winter months. At a time when other warbler species have decamped to the tropics, yellow-rumps—nicknamed “butterbutts” by birders—can thrive in harsh weather as far north as New England and Seattle, thanks in large part …

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