It's Arbor Day again, and it's time to celebrate the importance of trees.Trees not only benefit people, they benefit aquatic wildlife like the Hellbender salamander.
The hellbenders, also known as snot otter or mud-devil, continue to decline. You can help this endangered species by sharing these fun resources: brochures, lesson plans, videos and games.
Teachers : this new lesson plan from The Nature of Teaching titled Hellbenders Rock! is full of engaging activities to teach K-5 students about the endangered eastern hellbender, while meeting Indiana academic standards.
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program continues to monitor The Great Lakes while sharing real-time data to fishermen and boaters by utilizing social media. Wind speed, lake temperatures and wave height are now shared with Twitter posts for quick and easy access to the public.
Indiana fruit and vegetable growers bringing irrigation systems into operation as production gets into full swing should have their water tested as part of good agricultural practices for produce food safety, Purdue Extension food safety educator Scott Monroe says.
Paddling and fishing are great ways to enjoy our rivers and streams. However, these seemingly harmless activities can actually be harmful to the eastern hellbender and other aquatic wildlife if the proper precautions are not followed.
Damsels and dragons and nary a knight in sight! I'm not sure if a lack of knights is a problem because unlike in medieval days of olde these damsels don't appear to be in distress. This is not a fairytale or even a computer role-playing game. It's real nature involving insects known as dragonflies and damselflies.