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Bats, our best weapon against insect pests, need magic bullet to fight disease

With Halloween quickly approaching, images of bats are appearing everywhere. October also happens to be Bat Appreciation Month.

Bats are exquisite animals. No other animal compares to Earth’s only flying mammal. Like all mammals, bats have hair and their young are born live and feed on milk. But unlike other mammals, the fingers on a bat’s hand are elongated and connected by skin to form a wing.

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Remnants of bald cypress swamps grace Chesapeake watershed

Towering over coffee-colored waters, a majestic tree, the bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), dominates isolated swamps of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Although more common to swamps in the Southeast, stands of bald cypress can still be...

You know spring is around the corner when…

Although the vernal equinox — the official first day of spring — occurs on March 20, changes in our natural world are already heralding the end of winter. These changes are erupting on the land, in the sky and in waterways, as...

Wildlife watching continues to lure Americans outdoors

Even as our society continues to depend more on technology for everyday activities and recreation, our love of nature and connection with the outdoors continues to be an integral part of our identity as Americans. This passion for wildlife...

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