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Science Daily (Wed 12 Aug, 2015)
Migratory patterns of eastern Golden Eagle population revealed
Staff quoted: David Nelson
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Eastern North America is home to a small population of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), but despite their potential vulnerability to habitat loss and other threats, little information has been available on the patterns of their annual migration. One big question is whether or not they exhibit "migratory connectivity," where individuals from the same breeding area also migrate to the same wintering area; strong connectivity means that a population is divided into small subpopulations that are especially vulnerable to environmental changes.


EOS (Earth & Space Science News) (Wed 12 Aug, 2015)
Joint AGU-ESA Event Brings Together Collaborative Networks
Staff quoted: Eric Davidson
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Scientists, educators, program directors, and students gathered Monday night to celebrate the new partnership between the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the American Geophysical Union. The partnership aims to foster collaboration opportunities among research networks on global, continental, and regional scales.


The Times - Picayune (Tue 11 Aug, 2015)
New Orleans' future depends on coastal restoration, but where's the money?
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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The finalists among the slogan contest run by the Dirty Coast clothing store to commemorate Hurricane Katrina's anniversary sum up the hopes of many South Louisiana residents: "Keep Land in Our Wetlands," "Save the Boot," "The World Needs More Louisiana," "Let The River Run Through It," "Greaux the Delta, Greaux Our Home."


Pioneer News (Tue 11 Aug, 2015)
NOAA Finds Massive Algal Bloom Spreading Along West Coast of North America
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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Algal blooms are natural but they are not supposed to reach the point where they overwhelm the ocean environments where they bloom. Unfortunately, the acidification of our oceans have resulted in more algal blooms cropping up all over the world; and a new study has found a massive toxic algal bloom—one of the largest ever seen along the Pacific Coast of North America—continues to spread towards both Alaska and Southern California. In fact, this algal bloom has forced the shutdown of many economically important fisheries along the West Coast.


Southern Maryland News (Tue 11 Aug, 2015)
Local Oyster Farmers Support Aquaculture Efforts
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HOLLYWOOD, Md. -- In recent years, local watermen are making an effort maintain their livelihoods and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and associated waterways. Moving forward, there are efforts to allow them to continue making a living and to promote additional aquaculture in the area.


Mashable (Fri 7 Aug, 2015)
Toxic algae blooming in 'The Blob' along the West Coast, forcing shutdown of vital fisheries
Staff quoted: Don Boesch
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A massive toxic algal bloom that ranks as one of the largest ever seen along the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada has spread across the coastal waters of Alaska, British Columbia and south all the way to California. The bloom has forced the shutdown of economically vital fisheries up and down the West Coast.


Science (Fri 7 Aug, 2015)
Boom and Bust in the Great White North
Staff quoted: Jackie Grebmeier
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Every day from June to September, biologist Markus Brand and a colleague climb into a small boat and putter into a fjord outside Ny-Ålesund, a research base 1000 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. Meter-tall waves and driving snow are common here in the Svalbard archipelago, where the Atlantic and Arctic oceans meet, but that doesn't deter Brand, a graduate student from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Helgoland, Germany. At several spots in the fjord, he hauls up heavy steel traps from the sea floor. Over 3 years Brand has caught 5000 fish, dissecting some and tagging and releasing others.


The Baltimore Sun (Thu 6 Aug, 2015)
Young students and APL find common ground in space
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As most students savor the final weeks of summer vacation, 33 of the state's brightest sixth- and seventh-graders are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk science with the men and women behind some of the most ambitious endeavors in space exploration.


Alaska Journal of Commerce (Thu 6 Aug, 2015)
Toxic algae bloom stretches from California to Alaska
Staff quoted: Don Boesch, Pat Glibert
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SEATTLE (AP) — A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.


Daily Mail (UK) (Wed 5 Aug, 2015)
Thick layer of toxic algae that can cause memory loss stretches from Alaska to California and is shutting down fisheries
Staff quoted: Don Boesch, Pat Glibert
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A 40-mile wide bloom of toxic algae stretching from California to Alaska that can cause memory loss in humans has shut down fisheries off the US coast.


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