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The case of the chewing
BY Christine Bowen
ON October 9, 2017
If you had case of biophilia and did got out this past weekend, you may have noticed how some tree leaves look a little chewed up. Especially the oaks?  That’s the handy work of the Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar dispar), an invasive species that has been around since the 1860’s. Why is it a problem?The gypsy moth larvae and caterpillars feed on tree leaves. If populations are ...
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A case of biophilia
BY Christine Bowen
ON October 6, 2017
The term “biophilia” is used to describe human’s preference for natural settings and wild creatures.  I have a huge case of biophilia, and thought you should all know why.   The most obvious answer is that it is beautiful. No matter where you are, nature is stunning.  From sparkling water drops on a leaf to the yellow of a coyotes eye, from a field of colorful...
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Falling Colours
BY Christine Bowen
ON September 29, 2017
Every autumn our forests change into a brilliant mosaic of yellow, orange and red as the leaves change colour. In other seasons, we see only green due to high concentrations of chlorophyll relative to other pigments. The yellow (carotenoids) was present in the leaf all year round and can now revel itself, because in fall as chlorophyll dies it exposes  those pigments that were alrea...
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The Goldenrod Gall Cycle
BY Christine Bowen
ON September 27, 2017
      Goldenrod is the beautiful, native flower covering our fields and meadows in yellow this time of year. However, as the blooms fall, you may notice that some of the Canadian goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)  has round swellings on some of the stems. Those round swellings are galls produced by goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidagnis).    &nb...
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Get Involved with BARC!
BY Christine Bowen
ON September 21, 2017
Interested in volunteering with us?  There are a few ways for you to get involved: Bay Area Ambassador-You hangout in our kiosk at Bayfront Park to answer peoples questions. Shifts are normally afternoons and weekends for 3 hours. We request that you man the kiosk once a week.  Under this role, you can also man a booth on our behalf at community events I.e. James St. art c...
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Watery Reflections
BY Alaa Husain
ON July 1, 2017
I would say that my co-op experience has been great overall. I chose to be a youth water leader to get more experience in the field that I will be studying in college which is biotechnology at Mohawk. I have learned a lot about the environment from doing field work and listening to other people’s presentations. I have also learned my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to communication, p...
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