Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FW: Subway Reefs Talk - This Friday 7pm


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 Friday November 14 at 7pm 

Hunter College 


In 2001 the MTA retired its fleet of Redbird subway cars. It gave the trains to states on the Atlantic coast to serve as artificial reefs for fish. The program has been successful in supporting the web of undersea life and attracts game fish, which in turn draws sport fishermen and scuba divers to the reefs. New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia have "reefed" about 1,000 subway cars in all from the MTA.  


Come hear Bob Martore, the Artificial Reef Manager from South Carolina's Department of Natural Resources, explain how subway cars help provide homes for marine life.


The talk will be held in room 714 of the Hunter College West building. Entrance is at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue. Tickets are free but please RSVP


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Populations of rare songbird found in surprising new habitat

I saw this on ScienceDaily:

Populations of rare songbird found in surprising new habitat

With only 90,000 breeding individuals sparsely distributed across 15 US states, the Swainson's warbler is a species of high conservation concern that, for decades, has left conservationists with little confidence that its populations would ever be fully secure. New research reveals that populations of Swainson's warbler are increasing in a surprising new habitat found mostly on private lands -- pine plantations on nearly 16 million hectares on the coastal plain from eastern Texas to southeastern Virginia.