Health, Science & The Environment

8:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: February 26 - March 4, 2013

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This is Bill Felker with Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Early Spring.

When pussy willows open all the way, then all the snow crocuses and golden aconites come into full bloom, and woolly bear caterpillars come out from winter hibernation. Pussy willow time is the time when clover and wild violet leaves start to grow; horseradish stretches out to an inch or two, and red rhubarb unfolds in the sun .

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:35 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Baby Gorilla Arrives at Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo has welcomed a baby gorilla born nearly four weeks ago at a Texas zoo.

Cincinnati Zoo officials say the female baby gorilla arrived Friday. The baby was being hand-reared by keepers at the Texas zoo because her mother displayed a lack of maternal care.

The zoos agreed it was best to relocate the baby to the Cincinnati Zoo where two female gorillas are available to serve as potential surrogate mothers.

Health, Science & The Environment
8:04 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Glen Helen Granted Conservation Land Easement

Credit CarrieLu

Antioch College says that a new conservation land easement will ensure that Glen Helen near Yellow Springs will be forever preserved and open to the public.

It's first of two phases designed to protect the popular recreational destination.  WYSO's Licensee, Antioch University was a co-granter on the easement.  Both the University and College worked with the Trust for Public Land to complete the deal. 

Nick Boutis with Antioch College is Director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute.  He says protecting the Glen has been a priority for decades.

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8:35 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: February 19 - 25, 2013

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the First Week of Early Spring.

Mountain bluebirds are returning to Yellowstone. Bald eagles are laying eggs. Ravens pair up for spring, frolicking as they court. Snow midges appear as the weather becomes milder along the mountain streams; they provide early food for birds and fish, which become more active as equinox approaches.

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8:35 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: February 12 - 18, 2013

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Final Week of Late Winter.

The days are lengthening a minute every day, but it is still hard for me to believe in spring. In the garden, daffodils and snowdrops have budded. Pussy willows are emerging with every thaw.

But I always want more, and I want it sooner, and I think that it is accepting just part of the whole that causes the problem. Considering just warmth and green as normal and good: That is what makes it hard to wait.

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