Vlog #4 Eating Cicadas

For those of you that don’t know, parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and of course West Virginia are experiencing an invasion of the most derp-y insects you’ve ever seen. They are called the 17 year cicadas, living most of their life cycle underground and emerging by the thousands as adults (every 17 years 0f course). The WVU arboretum held a Magicicada festival, where the community … Continue reading Vlog #4 Eating Cicadas

Identifying Spring Ephemerals and other Interesting plants

The temperate forest is the second most botanically diverse biome. If you visit the forest in the spring you’ll see a show. Unlike the rainforest, deciduous trees in the temperate forest lose their leaves. Before new leaves are fully formed, in the spring, herbaceous flowering plants exploit the light that comes through the canopy. They complete their life cycle by occupying a niche in the … Continue reading Identifying Spring Ephemerals and other Interesting plants

Everything is Connected

Recently I listened to an amazing podcast by ted ed. http://www.npr.org/2013/09/27/216098121/everything-is-connected Reintroducing wolves in Yellowstone had massive beneficial effects on that ecosystem. Whale poop influences the photosynthetic productivity of plankton, thus the air we breath and the food sources of the ocean. It’s beautiful how everything is connected in the most unexpected ways! Continue reading Everything is Connected