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Groundhogs: Celebrating the Benefits of a Hungry Troublemaker

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Groundhogs' pesky habits often overshadow the benefits they provide to both the ecosystem and humans—even farmers and gardeners. In celebration of Groundhog Day, let’s explore the ways in which groundhogs help make our world a better place.

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Rhododendrons as Thermometers

Friday, January 22, 2021

Did you know that some rhododendrons can act as a living thermometer, showing you just how cold it is by the curl of their leaves? Learn about the science behind this interesting phenomenon, called thermonasty.

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Leaves that won't get lost

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Why do some trees, like beeches and oaks, hold on to their leaves well past the time that others have dropped all of theirs?

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Dispelling Myths About Pennsylvania’s Forests

Thursday, November 19, 2020

There are many commonly held myths about forests and forestry in Pennsylvania and it is important to dispel these myths so we can promote sound and sustainable management of those forests. In this article, Dave Jackson and Sanford (Sandy) Smith from Penn State Extension detail some of the most common and damaging forest myths and misperceptions.

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