environment

Mating Song Of The Wolf Spider

May 9, 2016

Dr. George Uetz is a professor of biology at the University of Cincinnati and Alex Sweger is a graduate student and together they have discovered a new species of wolf spider with audible mating songs that sound a lot like a cat purr. Last summer they presented their findings to the Acoustical Society of America. They sat down with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard to talk about wolf spiders and their mating songs.

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Most crops grown for their fruits, nuts, seeds and fiber require pollination by insects, such as bees and butterflies. These pollinators are responsible for much of the food we eat and play a critical role in ensuring the production of seeds in most flowering plants.

Cincinnati Council could approve a resolution Wednesday committing the city to make decisions protecting the environmental health of residents, especially the most vulnerable.  

The Education and Entrepreneurship committee approved the item Tuesday.

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The recent crisis in Flint, Michigan brought attention to how many water pipes in America are made of lead, — but lead exists elsewhere and exposure to it can cause serious health problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the most common source of lead poisoning is from lead-based paint and contaminated dust in old buildings.

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Dr. John Kricher is longtime professor of biology at Wheaton College who teaches courses in ecology, ornithology, and vertebrate evolution.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden kicks-off its annual Barrows Conservation Lecture Series this month. Over the years, the series has brought dozens of internationally acclaimed scientists, explorers and naturalists into town to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.

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Daily environmental factors, such as chemical exposure through food and products, play a role in a woman’'s likelihood of developing breast cancer. The University of Cincinnati Center for Environmental Genetics and the Breast Cancer Registry of Greater Cincinnati board are hosting an event, “Looking Upstream for Better Breast  Health,” to discuss environment and breast cancer.

The Great Tree Summit, Presented By Taking Root

Feb 8, 2016
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The third annual Great Tree Summit will take place Saturday, February 13, at the Cincinnati Zoo. The summit is presented by Taking Root, the campaign to restore our region’s tree canopy with a goal of planting two million trees by 2020. 

Noel Rowe grew up in Cincinnati, worked at the Cincinnati Zoo as a young man, and his family has a long history of supporting the local environment – in fact, Rowe Woods at the Cincinnati Nature Center is named after his grandfather. 

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In the next few weeks or months the Cincinnati Archdiocese will be distributing materials aimed at getting parishioners to be more green.

Reducing And Controlling Local Deer Populations

Jul 20, 2015
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As beautiful as the animals are, deer have become not just a nuisance but a real danger in many neighborhoods, especially during mating season. Over-population and dwindling natural habitat have forced more deer into yards and out onto roads and highways, and they are an increasing cause of vehicle accidents across the country. But there seems to be little consensus on the proper way to control deer populations. 

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The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is leading a new effort to save endangered and threatened species.  The executive director of the organization, Chris Vehrs, announced the Saving Animals From Extinction, or SAFE, program Friday morning at the Newport Aquarium.

    

The first Earth Day was 45 years ago. And on April 22 every year since then, people around the world celebrate the day by taking some action to improve the environment. Joining us to talk about the progress we’'ve made to create a greener, cleaner, more sustainable environment, worldwide and here in our region, are Cincinnati Nature Center Chief Naturalist and Adult Program Manager Bill Creasey; Brewster Rhoads, executive director of Green Umbrella Regional Sustainability Alliance; and, Scott Beuerlein, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden horticulturist and chairman of the Taking Root campaign.

The Zoo's Earth Day celebration, “Party for the Planet,” takes place April 23; the 2015 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will by held May 1 at the Xavier University Cintas Center, registration is open until April 29. And for recycling anything in Hamilton County, check out the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District website

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  Owners of electric vehicles have more opportunities to get a re-charge in Greater Cincinnati with the addition of five new charging stations. Ann Thompson joins us for details. 

 

Michael Bean on the Endangered Species Act

Apr 1, 2015

  Michael Bean has, literally and figuratively, written the book on wildlife conservation law and has directed the wildlife conservation activities of the Environmental Defense Fund since 1977. 

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The TriState started using smog alerts in 1995 to warn people about high pollution days.  But, those smog alerts are no more.  As of April 1, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency will issue air quality advisories. Spokesperson Megan Hummel says times have changed. 

“The dark plume, and the smoke coming out of the smokestacks, you don’t really see that anymore.  And the reason for that is because all the restrictions on industry.  Industry is running much cleaner than they ever have before,” she says. 

Birdmen - future of conservation

Jan 28, 2015
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Generally speaking, parking lots don't absorb a lot of rainfall.  Instead, the water is either directed into a retention pond or into the nearest gutter and eventually goes into the local water treatment system.  The influx of water, even from light rain, puts extra stress on the already taxed infrastructure.

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  The Passenger Pigeon was once probably the most numerous bird on earth. Population estimates from the 19th century ranged from between one and four billion. But on September 1,1914, the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

A Boy and a Jaguar

Jul 11, 2014
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  Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is one of the world’s leading big cat experts, and has been called ‘The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation’ by TIME Magazine. He has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and is responsible for the world's first jaguar sanctuary, the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve in the mountains of Belize. The Cincinnati Zoo’s Thane Maynard had a chance to talk with Alan Rabinowitz about his work, and A Boy and a Jaguar, his picture book that tells the real-life story of his own childhood.

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