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An Uptick of Lyme Disease in Southern New England

Health officials and researchers debate the role climate change is playing, but they agree the region’s tick population is growing By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff Lyme disease is a growing health threat in southern New England, and climate change could be making it worse. The disease got its name after the symptoms, which likely have…

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The Link Between Birdsong and Language

Cedar Wax Wing

By Angela Saini Birdsong is one of the most beautiful sounds on the planet, but did you know that those tweets and calls have a complex ‘sentence’ structure that could tell us a lot about the evolution of human language? When composer Emily Doolittle was given the chance to spend time at the Max Planck…

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World’s Protected Areas Being Rapidly Destroyed by Humanity

Ridge Hill Reserve

What are we doing to protect our protected spaces? An international team of researchers, including University of Northern British Columbia Ecosystem Science and Management Associate Professor Dr. Oscar Venter, took a global view of protected spaces in a study published today in the prestigious journal Science. They found that one-third of the land within Earth’s…

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Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Honors Loyal Volunteers at Annual Meeting

Savannah Sparrow

The nonprofit Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust hosted its 47th annual meeting May 16 at Friends Academy in Dartmouth. After a “glowing” financial report by exiting Treasurer Steven Shuster, a news release states, DNRT President James Forbush presented the Joe Frothingham Award to Vice President Lorraine Granda. The award is given annually to a member who…

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Submit Your Best for the 2019 DNRT Calendar Photo Contest

DNRT Calendar

Love nature? Love taking photos? Submit your pictures to DNRT for a chance to be featured in our 2019 calendar!  The full-color calendar highlights Dartmouth’s natural character, and proceeds from the sale will benefit land conservation in the community. Photographs must be taken on or of a DNRT property and can feature agricultural lands, forests, lakes…

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Community Garden Invites Public to Greenhouse Opening (March 17)

Snow may still be in the forecast, but local volunteers are turning soil, planting seed and looking forward to a bountiful spring harvest.  It is all thanks to a new greenhouse at Helfand Farm Community Gardens.  The greenhouse is a first for the group, which is now beginning its 6th year in operation. The public…

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Birds of Massachusetts Woodlands: An Informational Talk (March 13)

Chestnut Sided Warbler

Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 PM DNRT Office at Helfand Farm 318 Chase Rd Dartmouth, MA 02747 Are your woods bird-friendly? How can you accomplish your land management goals, while benefiting forest songbirds? The forests of New England are vital for the survival and reproduction of many birds, such as the Chestnut-sided Warbler and Wood Thrush.…

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Become a Citizen Scientist by Participating in Frog Watch!

Northern Leopard Frog

FrogWatch USA is AZA’s citizen science program and provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. Why Frogs? Frogs and toads have served as important cultural symbols for centuries; this can range from symbolizing fertility in ancient Egypt, luck in…

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Mysteries of Destruction Brook Woods, Pt 2

Destruction Brook Woods

BY JEFF GRABER This is the second installment in a three-part series about unresolved mysteries in Destruction Brook Woods. Mysterious Holes – Our second mystery was discovered by Peter Bullard, a long-time DNRT member, and is located on the northern side of the Tea Cup trail (so named by former DNRT Land Manager Sarah Storer…

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