Below is a compilation of recent news coverage of CFANS faculty and staff. The views expressed in the media-prepared reports do not necessarily reflect the opinions or positions of CFANS or the University of Minnesota.
As gardeners begin shopping for plants this spring, they may see some marked as safe for bees... University of Minnesota entomology professor Marla Spivak said she hopes the Minnesota Legislature will pass a bill requiring that plants be labeled so consumers know which insecticide is used.
Minnesota Public Radio
At the behest of the National Park Service (NPS), the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is planning to spend $100,000 of federal highway funds on a study to count the number of birds that are killed flying into a rebuilt bridge over the Mississippi River.... Dr. Robert Zink and Dr. Todd W. Arnold of the University of Minnesota recently co-authored a study which concluded that "collision mortality has no discernible effect on population trends of North American birds." However, their studies did not specifically include bird/bridge collisions.
About 100 college kids crowded into a St. Paul tavern one night last week for beer and pizza. But the group wasn’t celebrating spring break, it was raising money for ducks and duck habitat. “This is fun, and it’s a good cause,’’ said Trent Seamans, 22, of Excelsior, a fish and wildlife major, hunter and chairman of the University of Minnesota chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
The likely increased numbers of Minnesota’s favorite game animal will come at the peril of the state’s beloved pine trees and the native plants, insects and animals that live below them on the forest floor.... For the environment, selective browsing by deer also means a reduction in other trees and plants, including red oak, certain lillies, orchids and other plant species, said Lee Frelich, University of Minnesota forest biologist. The overall effect is a cascading drop-off in certain insects, less habitat for animals, fewer songbirds, less grouse and pheasant and the disappearance of various berries, Frelich said.