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The Fruit of Insects’ Labor

by American Forests
Orchard mason bee on an apple blossom

By John-Miguel Dalbey

The recent crisis of “colony collapse,” in which bee colonies have been dying off due to disease, pesticides and other man-made causes, has already begun to have detrimental effects on both fruit farmers and the pollination of natural tree species.

It is possible to artificially pollinate both wild and farmed trees, or allow for wind or birds to do so; however, a recent study publi... (Read More)

The Mystery of Utah’s Eagle Deaths

by Susan Laszewski
Bald eagle in Utah

The national symbol of the United States: a bird with a six to seven-foot wingspan and the largest nest of any bird in North America. The bald eagle’s majesty has inspired people for generations.

American Forests has worked with the Forest Service since 2007 to restore habitat for bald eagles in several Midwest national forests and we’ve seen efforts there paying off. Fledglings have been observed in Superior National Forest eve... (Read More)

2013’s Top 13

by Loose Leaf Contributor
Lush forest.

Today, 2013 comes to an end. Many have said that 13 is an unlucky number, but 2013 hasn’t been all unlucky. After all, it was the year of our 45 millionth Global ReLeaf tree in the ground, a comeback for Siberian tigers, the launch of our Community ReLeaf program and good news for the Kirtland’s warbler. So, before heading into 2014, we’re taking this last chance to embrace the number 13. Here are the 13 Loose Leaf posts of 2013 that you... (Read More)

Moose in the Mire: Part I

by Susan Laszewski

In my home state of Vermont, moose sightings were a regular part of my childhood, but for today’s children they might be a rare treat. Just since 2005, the state’s moose population has nearly halved. Next door neighbor New Hampshire has seen their moose population decline by a third in recent years.

The most likely suspect? Winter ticks. The declines in moose seem to go hand in hand in with surges of the ticks. But what would ca... (Read More)

Monarchs on the Mind

by Susan Laszewski
Monarch on milkweed

So, when I saw Jim Robbins’ recent New York Times article, The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear, I had mixed feelings. The news the article brought was not good: As of mid-November, only 3 million monarchs had arrived on the scene of their winter habitat in Mexico. Last year, it was 60 million — and even that was low.

On the other hand, it’s good to know that people are paying attention to this problem. Monarch butterflies... (Read More)

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