Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
1:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: April 29 - May 5, 2014

Credit HUS0 / Flickr Creative Commons

I had been set to name the upcoming new moon the Tulip Moon, which would have presided over the flowering of mid-season and late tulips throughout my village.

However, on Easter Sunday, my neighbor Moya announced over her south fence that she had found a preying mantis ootheca (egg sack) in her spirea bush, the same place she had found one last year.

We talked about the timing of her discovery, and I realized I had forgotten all about oothecas and should have anticipated her suggestion that the May moon really be called the Preying Mantis Moon.

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Energy
5:04 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Oil Spill North Of Cincinnati Most Recent In A Stream Of Problems

Mark Mazzei is caring for 64 salamanders at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. They were rescued from the site of a March 17, 2014 oil spill in Oak Glen Nature Preserve.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A group of salamanders is recovering at Dayton’s Boonshoft Museum after being removed from the site of an oil spill north of Cincinnati last month. The Mid-Valley pipeline, which is operated by Sunoco Logistics, leaked at least 19,000 gallons of oil into the Oak Glen Nature Preserve. The pipeline runs from Texas to Michigan through Ohio, and WYSO found it’s one of the leakiest in the country.

 

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Affordable Care Act
2:36 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Ohio Medicaid Slogging Through Massive Application Backup; At Least 70,000 In Limbo

The total numbers of backed up Medicaid applications by county. Ohio Medicaid as well as the federal Affordable Care Act have had backlogs piling up the last few months.
Credit Ohio Governor's Office of Health Transformation

The Ohio Department of Medicaid is just beginning to process through a giant backlog of applications received between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014, many of which are because of the expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act. On January 1, 2014, Ohio Medicaid changed its eligibility to include all adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Community Voices
7:30 am
Tue April 22, 2014

The Emerald Ash Borer in Greene County Parks

The Emerald Ash Borer is dramatically changing the landscape of area parks
Credit Michigan State University David Cappaert / US Department of Agriculture

It’s smaller than your thumbnail, but the destruction it can cause is huge. The shiny green Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle native to Asia and Russia. It has been traveling from state to state, catching rides on firewood, and then settling in to eat away at the Ash Tree.

The Greene County Parks and Trails department is currently cutting down 3,000 dead Ash Trees which have been killed by this insect. That’s going to dramatically change this part of Ohio. And no one knows this better than two naturalists who work there.

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Nature
6:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: April 22 - 28, 2014

Credit Olaf Gradin / Flickr Creative Commons

By the end of April, the season of middle spring starts to give way to late spring all along the 40th Parallel. Early spring’s crocus and henbit leaves yellow in the grass as the growing canopy turns the hillsides of emerald green. Now the woods are full of garlic mustard, golden seal, columbine, golden Alexander, sweet Cicely, Solomon’s seal, Jack in the pulpit, wood betony, wood hyacinth, spring cress, nodding trillium, larkspur and bellwort. Along the freeways daisies, yellow sweet clover, meadow goat’s beard and parsnips flower. Red and white clover blossom in the pasture.

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