Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count on Sandy Hook

Today marks the start of National Audubon Society's 115th Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! From December 14 through January 5, thousands of volunteers across North America are invited to go out, count birds and contribute data to an early-winter bird census. When looking at the CBC Map, you will see that every state offers a significant [...]

#GivingTuesday 2014: Celebrate All Things Winged with The Raptor Trust

Scoured the shelves for deals on Black Friday? Gearing up for gadget buying on Cyber Monday? Don't forget to honor the most important day of this week (after Thanksgiving, of course), Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a call to action, a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season. The third annual [...]

Liquefied Natural Gas Port in the Atlantic Ocean? No Fracking Way!

Growing up in New Jersey, it didn’t quite feel like summertime until I was eating Kohr’s ice cream on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach or riding a bike on the promenade in Cape May.  My family and I have gone down the shore every summer since I was born. I have spent a lot [...]

Eyeless Shrimp?

As a “Millennial,” the constant bombarding of information on the web has become engrained in my daily routine.  I am able to access news stories and reports in the blink of an eye.  I can read my Twitter timeline for up-to-the-second information from various environmental groups.  On the surface, this seems to be a clear [...]

Effects of Mountaintop Removal on Appalachian Wildlife

Changes to the water, air and land in coal country have caused trouble for vast amounts of biodiversity in the region.  The biodiversity of the Appalachian headwater streams is second only to the tropics.  The southern Appalachian mountains are home to the greatest diversity of salamanders on the globe, accounting for 18% of the known [...]

Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia

The Appalachian region of the United States, extending from southern New York to northern Mississippi, is home to more than 25 million people in 420 counties across 13 states.  The majority of the Appalachian population is poor whites dispersed over large rural areas.  The Appalachian economy is extremely reliant on mountaintop removal (MTR) mining, despite [...]

Ethanol is Not the Answer

With oil at $104/barrel, it seems only logical to invest in alternative sources of fuel for our cars in the United States.  The increase in oil prices has led to the apparently beneficial act of diverting grain from food supply to ethanol production.  Ethanol is an alcohol made by fermenting sugar components of plant materials, [...]