Monday, 01 September 2014 18:46
By Clara MacCarald – Ithaca.com – September 2, 2014
Black terns have joined a growing list of species considered “vulnerable” that have been sighted at the Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve, a restored wetland and grassland site nominated as a New York Important Bird Area. Despite its bucolic name, Seneca Meadows, Inc. owns the largest active landfill in New York State. In 2007 Seneca Meadows created the 600-acre wetland preserve as part of a mitigation measure to replace 70 acres of wetlands destroyed by a 178-acre expansion of the landfill. In 2024 the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is scheduled to take over stewardship of the preserve. For full story, click here.
Monday, 11 August 2014 12:12
By Katie Langin – National Geographic Daily News – July 17, 2014
Invasive species wreak havoc worldwide, disrupting native ecosystems and inflicting more than $120 billion in damages annually in the U.S. alone. Many economically—and environmentally—damaging species, such as those mosquitoes, snakes, and carp, defy removal with existing technology. But there is good news. "Gene drives"—which could trigger a precipitous decline in invasive species by tinkering with their genetic machinery—have arrived as a fast-maturing technology, an international team of scientists announced on Thursday. "Once an invasive species arrives in a new habitat and is driving native species extinct, we don't necessarily have a lot of solutions to that. Gene drive technology could potentially cause local extinction [of the invasive species] and restore the original ecosystem," says Kevin Esvelt, a genetic engineer at Harvard University and an author of tandem papers published this week inScience and eLife. For full story click here.