Environment

Nature Moments: Leaf Behavior in the Cold

Have you noticed how some broad-leaved trees and shrubs in the north hold onto their leaves throughout the year, including those freezing winter months? How can these leaves survive such conditions?

Bowdoin’s LaVigne Awarded Research Funds to Lead Study of Gulf of Maine Acidity

The project is sharing in a near-million dollar grant to study Maine’s coastline and ocean. The funds were awarded by the Maine Sea Grant College Program.

Nature Moments: Leaping Snow Fleas

What animal can jump 100 times the length of his body—without using any of his six legs? Take a walk in the snow on a sunny February day and look closely in your boot prints.

Viktoria Paulick Keding ’98 to Receive 2018 Common Good Award

Victoria Paulick Keding, a member of the Class of 1998, is a pioneer and leader in the field of environmental education, having spearheaded a movement in southwestern Africa to help communities benefit from, and conserve their unique natural environment.

Nature Moments: Why Do Birds Have Different Personalities?

Why are blue jays aggressive to other birds? Why are black-capped chickadees sociable? Why are mourning doves laid back? Biology professor Nat Wheelwright asks why birds have different personalities.

Nature Moments: Why Gulls Keep Changing Their Appearance

Gulls—do NOT call them seagulls—are extraordinarily variable in the way they look. The color of an individual’s plumage, legs, and eyes reveals not only what species it is, but also its age, condition and social status.

Nature Moments: Fungi, the Original Recyclers

If it weren’t for fungi, dead trees might not decompose and nutrients would be locked up, unavailable for other plants and animals to use. In this latest Nature Moments video, biology professor Nat Wheelwright explains why fungi are “the original recyclers.”

Nature Moments: How to ID Winter Trees at 60 mph

Some beech and oak trees are actually easier to identify in winter than in summer, even at 60 mph, because they hold onto their dead leaves all winter. The reason, as biology professor Nat Wheelwright explains, concerns their evolutionary history.