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US cities losing 36 million trees a year, researchers find

May 29, 2018

Scientists warn of environmental threats rising from trend that is ‘likely to continue unless policies are altered’ by Naomi Larsson Tree cover in urban areas has declined at a rate of around 175,000 acres per year, while impervious cover – such as roads and buildings – has increased significantly across the country. An estimated 40%…

An Uptick of Lyme Disease in Southern New England

May 29, 2018

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…

Cedar Wax Wing

The Link Between Birdsong and Language

May 25, 2018

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

May 25, 2018

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…

Savannah Sparrow

Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Honors Loyal Volunteers at Annual Meeting

May 24, 2018

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

May 18, 2018

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…

Community Gardens to hold Free Workshops, Plant Sale, and Raffle (May 19-20)

May 7, 2018

BIG Summer Plant Sale (Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th, 10:00 to 3:00, at 318 Chase Road, Dartmouth) Get your garden off to a great start, with vegetable starts grown in the new greenhouse at Helfand Farm Community Gardens!  We specialize in vegetables (especially tomatoes!) but there will also be flowers and herbs. All…

Community Garden Invites Public to Greenhouse Opening (March 17)

March 7, 2018

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…

Chestnut Sided Warbler

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

March 6, 2018

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.…