Author Archive: Susan Laszewski


Bleak Bear Behavior

Images like this one have come to represent the consequences of climate change. The polar bear has become a symbol of the difficulties facing many wildlife species as their habitat continues to change at such a rate that they are often unable to adapt. In the polar bear’s case, as sea ice disappears, they are […]

Bats: Out of the Witches’ Cauldron and Into the Fire

Double, double, toil and trouble! The witches of Shakespeare’s Macbeth threw several of our forest creatures into their witch’s brew: Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog But this Halloween, some of these creatures have threats other […]

Thanks for Making a Difference

Tomorrow is Make a Difference Day and reading the many stories of people volunteering their time and effort to help improve their corner of the world has got me thinking about the many American Forests supporters who have pitched in to help us in our mission of protecting and restoring forests. So, today a note […]

Tiny Beetles, Huge Consequences

A group of researchers from 12 universities has recently published a paper that takes a look at the influence animals have on carbon storage and exchange — an influence they say is often overlooked despite the prevalence of discussion on how plants impact carbon storage. Among the examples discussed in “Animating the Carbon Cycle,” published […]

Here, But Functionally Gone

Extinction. The end of a species; no coming back. Many conservation efforts strive to save species from this fate, and a species’ risk of extinction can also be a major factor in determining its listing as endangered. A recent study published in Nature suggests, though, that we may want to pay a bit more attention […]

Walk to School and Walk for Health

Did you or your little ones miss International Walk to School Day yesterday? Not to worry. As the occasion has gained popularity in recent years, the International Walk to School Committee expanded it in 2010 to make the entire month of October Walk to School Month. Of course, there are many reasons why it’s not […]

The Rise and Fall of Champions

Relative to humans, most tree species live a long time. Many of the trees we have personal connections to have been around long before us; some of the oldest trees have been here longer than the pyramids of Giza, perhaps even longer than Stonehenge. It might seem like we couldn’t possibly watch these giants rise […]

Divided and Disappearing

It’s well known that when habitat becomes fragmented, wildlife suffers. But now, a study more than two decades in the making has published its findings in Science demonstrating just how rapidly mammals species disappear in fragmented patches of forest. The study found that mammal species whose habitat becomes fragmented can disappear in as little as […]

Following in the Footsteps of Johnny Appleseed

On this day, 239 years ago, John Chapman was born and would go on to change the American landscape and help to instill a certain fruit with national symbolism. Most know him better as Johnny Appleseed. Folklore paints Johnny Appleseed as having walked across the country scattering apple seeds in the wilderness along his way. […]

Charred Forests, Melting Snow

You know how when it’s really hot out, you’re better off leaving the black shirt in the closet and going for something lighter? Well, according to new research, forests are having a similar issue. A study, conducted by Oregon State University researchers, funded by the National Science Foundation and published in Geophysical Research Letters, found […]