We often think of ecosystems as large areas of land and water that may cover many square miles. The truth… Read more What Are Whale Fall Ecosystems?
What Are Mosquitoes Good For?
Now that the weather has cooled down over much of the United States, insects have died back or gone into… Read more What Are Mosquitoes Good For?
This time of year it’s not unusual to be walking through a garden or meadow and suddenly come across what… Read more Summer Spittlebugs
Are Insects Pests? On Loving the Unloved
I do a lot of internet searches in the process of writing my articles and books, putting together class materials,… Read more Are Insects Pests? On Loving the Unloved
Photosynthesis is an incredible process if you think about it. Using special cells called chloroplasts, photosynthetic beings are able to… Read more Photosynthetic Animals
What Are Detritivores and Why Are They Awesome?
Think back to biology classes you’ve taken and you very likely heard the terms carnivore (animal that eats meat), herbivore… Read more What Are Detritivores and Why Are They Awesome?
Hold That Salt! Native vs. Invasive Slugs and Snails
As winter begins to give way to spring here on the southwest Washington coast, I’ve started to see signs of… Read more Hold That Salt! Native vs. Invasive Slugs and Snails
The Hidden World of Moss Forests
Last week I wrote about why it’s important to preserve all sorts of ecosystems, not just forests. Today I want… Read more The Hidden World of Moss Forests