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Invasive Species Spotlight: Southern Pine Beetle—an emerging threat to pines?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The southern pine beetle’s (SPB) diminutive size belies the lethal impact embodied in its scientific name: Dendroctonus (“Tree-killer”) frontalis. It is “the most destructive pest of pine in the southern United States.” While not what we usually classify as an “invasive” species (exotic plants or animals imported far from their native range), the southern pine beetle’s increasing threat to our pine woods makes it worth our attention.

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September Spectacle: Broad-winged Hawk Migration

Friday, September 14, 2018

September brings shorter and cooler days as we approach the fall equinox. During this month a migratory spectacle takes place in our skies.  Broad-winged hawks flock together in impressive numbers consisting of tens to thousands of individual birds as they fly south to their wintering...

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Invasive Species Spotlight: Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Giant hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum, may not be one of the most well-known invasive species in our area, but this supersized plant has recently been in the spotlight for its potentially dangerous side effects. Giant hogweed produces a sap that makes human skin sensitive to sunlight, causing serious burns and blistering.

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