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They Came from the Canal!: Asian carp brilliance in the form of a U of C poster

April 24, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Curbing Pollution , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
asiancarp, earthweek, greatlakes, ilsaflanagan, invasivespecies, tomtian, universityofchicago, waterpollution

As the entire Great Lakes region awaits a final answer as to whether the U.S. Supreme Court will engage in the ongoing Asian carp crisis, there was some much needed levity interjected in the public debate this week from,...

FirstEnergy’s Bayshore Plant: A Real Live Bass-o-Matic!

April 21, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bass-o-matic, bayshore, coal, danaykroyd, firstenergy, fish, greatlakes, lakeerie, ohio, saturdaynightlive, toledo, walleye

The curious case of the Bayshore coal plant near Toledo, Ohio made me wonder if Dan Aykroyd has any involvement with the facility's owner, FirstEnergy (he doesn't). After all, the aging coal plant on Lake Erie is eerily similar...

Helping Honeybees: Pesticides make it a tough time for pollinators

March 26, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bee, beetoxics, CCD, honeybees, pesticides, spirotetramat

Bee life ain’t easy. And lately, its been getting a lot harder. Recent press reports show that an array of stressors are taking a significant toll on America’s bees. Pesticides are at the top of the list, but you and...

Federal Ocean and Great Lakes Policy - Are My Boogie Boarding Rights at Risk? (no.)

March 10, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Reviving the World's Oceans , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
boogieboard, ESPN, fish, fishing, fishingban, greatlakes, interagencyoceanpolicytaskforce, obamafishingban, oceans, outrightlies

My colleague Thom Cmar had an interesting experience on Wisconsin Public Radio this morning. What was billed as a discussion of Great Lakes and ocean policy devolved into an ugly free-for-all about a supposed plot by the Obama Administration to...

The Crude in Syncrude: ugliness at the tar sands duck trial

March 3, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
alberta, biogems, borealforest, canada, deadducks, ducks, syncrude, tarsands, waterpollution

You want to know just how tone-deaf the tar sands industry and their Big Oil backers are? Yesterday, in a trial over the death of 1600+ ducks that had landed in a toxic mining runoff lake, lawyers for the...

Gefilte Fish: The solution to world peace and Asian carp?

February 27, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
asiancarp, carp, food, gefiltefish, greatlakes, invasivespecies, TheOnion

I did a double take to make sure I wasn’t reading The Onion when I saw an AP article about Asian carp and gefilte fish in the Washington Post this week. For the uninitiated, gefilte fish are ground up...

Of Carp and Kingfishers: Chicago and Guam are not so far apart

February 5, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
asiancarp, brookfieldzoo, chicago, chicagozoologicalsociety, greatlakes, guam, invasivespecies, micronesiankingfisher

In my previous job, I would often encounter 1/3 of the world's Micronesian kingfishers; curiously colorful little birds from Guam with black bands on their eyes that make them look a bit like a cartoon burglar. No, not on...

Poisoning Flipper: Chemicals Flushed in Chicago Wreak Havoc on Dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico

February 3, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
atlanticbottlenosedolphin, brookfieldzoo, chemicals, chicago, chicagoriver, chicagotribune, chicagozoologicalsociety, dolphin, gulfofmexico, michaelhawthorne, perfluorinatedchemicals, persistentorganicpollutants, pollution, water, waterpollution

The Chicago Tribune had a chilling reminder about the broad reach of water pollution this week. It seems that toxic chemicals from the metal plating process are getting flushed into the sewers here in Chicago, fortifying our wastewater with...

Asian Carp: "I feel like I was in a [bleeping] prize fight”

January 14, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
asiancarp, chicago, illinois, invasivespecies, peoria, starvedrockstatepark

Folks outside the Midwest might be scratching their heads wondering what all the hubbub is about with these Asian carp… Here on Switchboard, we’ve talked a lot about the ecosystem, legal, and infrastructure issues around the problem. But we haven’t...

Eat 'em All? "Silverfin" Cannot Save the Great Lakes

January 9, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
asiancarp, fish, food, invasivespecies, louisianadepartmentofnaturalresources, USGS

Slimehead, yum. Patagonian toothfish, tasty! What, you’ve never eaten orange roughy or Chilean sea bass? The fishing industry has done a masterful job of rebranding their catch to create new markets. And some folks, I think naively, now suggest that...

Big Win for Bees: judge pulls bee toxic pesticide

January 6, 2010

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Health and the Environment , Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bee, beetoxics, honeybees, movento, pesticides, spirotetramat

There are a lot of chemicals on the American market. And seemingly more are introduced every day to help make our lives simpler, houses cleaner, and lawns greener. We use them, assuming that they have gone through an appropriate...

Wolf Litigation: a snowball’s chance…

December 28, 2009

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, helenaindependentrecord, northernrockies, NRA, wolf, wolves

I’ve been meaning to note the NRA’s involvement in the Northern Rockies wolf fight for weeks now. I am not surprised that the National Rifle Association is trying to intervene in the case; it is clearly an issue that their...

Whitebark Pine: An unlikely tree in the spotlight

September 24, 2009

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
climatechange, endangeredspecies, endangeredspeciesact, ESA, globalwarming, grizzlybears, northernrockies, whitebarkpine, wyoming

Last year I had a chance to wander into the Wind River region of Wyoming with journalists, academics, and NRDC experts interested in getting to the bottom of the climate catastrophe that is unfolding in the region's whitebark pine...

Fair Wolf Hunt? Good questions in Idaho...

August 21, 2009

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
butchotter, idaho, idahostatesman, northernrockies, rockybarker, wolf, wolfhunt, wolves

I really enjoy reading Rocky Barker's columns and blog at the Idaho Statesman. I don't always agree with what he says, but he is a thoughtful and genuine voice that helps me cut through the shouting on both sides of...

Honey Laundering: mystery bee malady may broaden an international crime wave

May 26, 2009

Posted by Josh Mogerman in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bees, ccd, colonycollapsedisorder, honeybees, honeylaundering, japan

Like millions of Americans, I spent a chunk of my holiday weekend in front of a barbecue grill. And I might have unintentionally opened myself up to a growing international crime spree in the process... Swine flu has been...

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