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Snowshoeing in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley

Snowshoeing in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley

New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the highest peak on the East Coast, is widely famous for its “wtf” weather in the winter season, but it has been calm thus far this year. Many visitors say it feels like great days for snowshoeing in the area.

Snowshoeing is a kind of hiking, and snowshoes are footwear for walking over the snow. Snowshoes are particularly helpful in walking on the snow as they work by distributing the weight of the person over a bigger area so that the person’s foot doesn’t descend totally into the snow.

For this retired naturalist, saving monarch butterflies is an obsession and a mania

For this retired naturalist, saving monarch butterflies is an obsession and a mania

Kevin Luby of Sandwich said that saving monarch butterflies is not just a hobby but it’s much more than that for him. Luby is a retired naturalist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, where he served for over three decades, and calls it an obsession and a mania.

He is in love with nature, but he became interested in butterflies for the first time after planting Dutchman’s pipe for his work. Pipevine swallowtail butterflies started flocking to the plant, and soon he was willing to help preserve butterfly species, mainly monarch butterflies.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale warns people about possibility of blue-green algae in Campus Lake

Southern Illinois University Carbondale warns people about possibility of blue-green algae in Campus Lake

The Candlewood Lake Authority (CLA) has urged residents to talk to their local health department and report a bloom in case they witness one on the lake. CLA is the authority for the five lake towns around Candlewood Lake.

According to First Selectman Susan Chapman, the park on Candlewood Lake was shut on Thursday but was likely to reopen on weekend. Chapman said that the water has been tested with the help of a latest rapid test to find out the apt time to allow swimmers to dive back into the water.

Is migration strategy a good choice for Wisconsin beekeepers?

Is migration strategy a good choice for Wisconsin beekeepers?

The bees of Nathan Clarke remain scattered across the Madison area, which is superb in spring and summer, but not that good in winter. Doug Hauke's bees are presently in Central Wisconsin just like snowbirds, but spend winter in California, Texas and other climes with higher temperatures.

Transportation of buzzing hives-packed semi trailers to points south not only saves bees quite weakened due to disease and pestilence from bad weather, but the pollination service also makes way for an independent revenue stream that can equal or outpace what a beekeeper gets from honey.

Old Monkeys are like Elderly Humans; Both Get More Selective as They Get Old

Old Monkeys are like Elderly Humans; Both Get More Selective as They Get Old

Old monkeys have a similarity with old humans: both have fewer friends. A new study has suggested that during old age, monkeys isolate themselves, like older humans do. At that time, they become more selective when it comes to choose friends.

For the study published in Current Biology, a team of researchers from the German Primate Center analyzed social behavior in over 100 monkeys. These were Barbary macaque monkeys, ranged in age from 4 to 29, from a southern French park.

Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common: Study

Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common: Study

Earlier, researchers have considered hair in mammals and feathers in birds to be different from scales in reptiles as reptile embryos lack placodes (thickened skin patches are created by special cells termed as columnar cells). A research paper published in the journal Science Advances has unveiled that a bird’s feathers, a reptile’s scales and a mammal’s hairs have originated from a common ancestor. They look different features, but the researchers said that these skin appendages may come from same origins.

Recreational Fishing on Puget Sound opens after Seven-week Delay

Recreational Fishing on Puget Sound opens after Seven-week Delay

After a long delay of seven weeks, state announced Friday to open recreational fishing on Puget Sound. The federal agency, National Marine Fisheries Service, issued the permit on Friday to open fishing in the state water.

It is also announced that new fishing rules will be effective from July 1, and until then, current regulations will be applicable for Puget Sound. On Friday, after the announcement was made, six boats were seen trolling for salmon off the Point Defiance Marina.

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