Jetbead: A new threat to conservation

Mhairi McFarlane with leucospora (Photo by NCC)

Mhairi McFarlane with leucospora (Photo by NCC)

Conservation is full of mysteries. Recently, my colleague Jill Crosthwaithe and I found ourselves having to turn to gardening literature in order to identify the many non-native, ornamental shrubs and other plants that we kept stumbling across in...

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Grass carp: The new aquatic invader

Grass carp (Photo by Eric Engbretson, USFWS)

Grass carp (Photo by Eric Engbretson, USFWS)

There has been a great deal of attention paid to the Asian carp invasion in recent years, and recently some devastating news was released: grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) are probably already spawning in the Great Lakes basin(1). This...

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Year of the Horse: The wild horses of Sable Island

Sable Island horses (Photo by Bill Freedman)

Sable Island horses (Photo by Bill Freedman)

According to the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, the year of the horse begins on January 31. In related mythology, this fine animal is viewed as being bright, capable, energetic, intelligent, and warm-hearted, which are attributes that...

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