A Japanese Barberry and Lyme
The “Circle of Life” includes the barberry, the white-footed deer mouse, the black-legged tick, the whitetailed deer, and possibly humans.
Algal Blooms and Nutrient Enrichment
Discovery Lake’s appearance changed noticeably this past summer. Dark green mats of Lyngbya wollei, flourished along the shoreline, along with several green algal and blue-green cyanobacteria blooms occurring.
Are Leaves Headed for a Fall: What Leads Up to the Color Change
According to the traditional calendar, school has resumed and holidays are just around the corner. With historically high temperatures expected well into November, what does that mean for vivid autumn and fall leaf colors here in the Triangle?
Bat-ter Up – Bat Roost
After weeks of anticipation, permission was finally granted to erect an echo structure on campus.
Been Slimed Lately? Well. They Do it All the Time
So what is the difference between Slug and Snail? Those of you who said the spelling, there’s no need to read further for you’ve got the topic covered.
Breathe in, Slowly Exhale. Now, Cough, Sneeze & Rub Your Eyes
The most acknowledged and visible seasonal allergens are the pollens from trees, grasses, and weeds.
Chigger, Chigger, Scratch, Scratch: A Little Scratch Can Go a Long Ways
Most people have experienced returning from walking in the woods, fields, or lawns only to experience an itching sensation several hours later, on their ankles, legs and around their waistline. Failure to use a good repellant has only compounded the problem. The attack most likely came from the transfer of chiggers i.e. mites, from the vegetation to clothing then to skin.
Discovery Lake Becomes the Canvas for a Spring Watercolor Scene
Discovery Lake’s sheltered coves became a canvas transformed into a rare display of natural colors.
Discovery Lake Seems to Keep Changing, What's Going On?
Discovery Lake’s appearance changed noticeably this past summer. Dark green mats of Lyngbya wollei, flourished along the shoreline
Discovery Lake Shares a Moment of Wonder
Discovery Lake offered up a head shaking, head scratching moment on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 around lunchtime, producing a scene that hadn’t been witnessed here.
Eclipsed By None, NIEHS Employees Look To the Skies
At NIEHS and in the path of the total eclipse, employees safely viewed the special event and shared their pictures.
How Does Your Early Morning Start Out? Red Sky?
What is the truth behind this folklore saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.”?
Invasive Plant Species in North Carolina
Members of the Site Ecology Team (SET) are participating in invasive plant species identification tours on the EPA side of the Federal campus.
Kudzu Bugs (Megacopta cribraria)
Tired of having Asian Lady Beetles use your home for their winter vacation? Now things may have gotten a little more interesting. In 2009, Asian Kudzu Stink Bugs were introduced into Georgia, likely on an inbound aircraft.
NIEHS Pollinator Program
The Pollinator Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is a collection of efforts to preserve and promote campus habitat for important pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other insects. As part of the National Institutes of Health, NIEHS works to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.
Nuthatches and Bluebirds
Facing significantly declining bluebird populations due to habitat loss, bird watchers, naturalists, and other concerned citizens have rallied to the bluebirds’ defense.
Our Health Depends on Pollinators
When most people think of pollinators, it’s all about honeybees and maybe a few bumblebees thrown in for good measure. However, both bumblebees and honeybees can be very specific in what flowers they visit.
At one time, all the open space between roadways and woods was maintained as a three inch high lawn.
Stick Built Lodges Allowed on Lake Despite Restrictions in Place
While you may be aware that a fifty-foot natural buffer zone exists around Discovery Lake and its feeder streams and wetlands
The Impact of Artificial Lighting on Nocturnal Wildlife
We rarely stop to think that the night is necessary and good for life. Therefore, we do not realize that protecting the night sky is a valuable step to conserving bio-diversity.
The Monsters that Threatened to Take over Discovery Lake
It all began back in 2010, when the muddy sediment ooze of Discovery Lake gave forth what would quickly become the scourge of our campus centerpiece.
The Purple Martin’s History of Dependence on Humans
Have you seen the bird houses around campus? No, not the bluebird boxes, but the slightly different one up between Module A and the Memorial Garden? This is a nest box for the purple martin.
What Happened Outside in April 2018?
The Groundhog must be playing tricks with the seasons or his weather clock must be set for another time zone.
What is the Effect of Hurricanes on Wildlife?
Hurricanes affect all life forms in the impact zone, some more than others.
What's Happening Outside Now - Has Spring Sprung?
Signs of spring are plentiful around the NIEHS campus. They include blooming trees and snakes emerging from their winter den.
What's Happening Outside Now?
Transition from summer to winter is occurring. What does this mean around campus?
What's Happening Outside Now? Are Dog Days Here?
The Dog Days of Summer refers to the weeks between July 3rd and August 11th. They are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major. Based on the calendar the answer is – YES.
What's Hiding in That Dead Tree?
Got a dead tree? Grab the saw, cut it up, and be gone with it! It’s not serving any purpose now. Right? Are you sure that there’s no life hidden there?
What's Not to Lichen? Little Known, Little Understood?
Lichens are a combination of a fungus and one or more green or blue-green algae living together.
What’s Happening Outside in Summer 2018
The highs of August are reaching into the 90’s with climbing humidifies. It’s feeling like it’s really summer with all the daily showers. It’s time to pace yourself, stay hydrated, and don’t over exert.
Why do Earthworms Crawl on the Sidewalk?
After a spring or summer North Carolina thunderstorm, it’s not uncommon to see earthworms crawling on sidewalks and other hard surfaces.
Wildlife and Industry Together (W.A.I.T.)
NIEHS was awarded W. A. I. T. certification 4/23/05, becoming the first Research Triangle Park tenant to achieve this recognition.
Wonders on Discovery Lake? What’s Happening?
Discovery Lake is known to change elevation, color, texture, and now firmness? What has happened or gotten into this water body? Has the reduction in algae made that much difference; is it a result of the cold; alien activity; rock heavers; methane, or are the dipping ducks and geese up to something? Wondering has turned into wandering around the lake trying to determine what could have formed the circles as the lake morphs again.
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