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As attendance dips, churches change to stay relevant for a new wave of worshippers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (NPR) — It’s Sunday morning and a small group sits around a fire pit in a community garden under the limbs of an expansive box elder tree. Church… Read More
Fat Bear Week emerges from scandal to crown a new champion
Updated October 12, 2022 at 7:11 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Fat Bear Week was rocked by scandal over the weekend after organizers in Alaska uncovered voting irregularities that… Read More
Nature Journaling program at the library helps children log off and explore the world around them
ALBANY, Ohio (WOUB) — At the Wells Public Library, children disconnected from the virtual world and plugged into the natural one for an hour. Naturalist Julie Gee hosted an event… Read More
Researcher finds ‘stunning’ rate of COVID among deer. Here’s what it means for humans
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Between October and December of last year, researchers swabbed the noses of 93 dead deer from across Pennsylvania. Nearly a fifth of the animals tested positive… Read More
Scientists discover shockingly high rates of COVID infections among white-tailed deer
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Scientists have recently discovered what they are calling a silent outbreak of coronavirus among white-tailed deer. PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham reports about how one of the… Read More
In elk, a Kentucky professor sees an opportunity to help revitalize Appalachia
Ohio Valley ReSource · In Elk, A Kentucky Professor Sees An Opportunity To Help Revitalize Appalachia MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Howard Whiteman is inching along in his black Toyota Prius,… Read More
Athens Conservancy Partners With Artist To Help Get Word Out
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Athens group is working to get the message out about conservation by partnering with a local artist. The Athens Conservancy works to purchase land… Read More
Rare Blue Lobster Fished Out Of An Ohio Red Lobster
The Akron Zoo has a new resident for its collection, courtesy of an observant employee at a Red Lobster restaurant.
Glidepath to Recovery: Flying Squirrels and Spruce Forests Share Common Fate
U.S. Forest Service district biologist Shane Jones stands on an overlook high up on West Virginia’s Cheat Mountain. Behind him lush, red spruce trees stand like sentinels on this frozen… Read More
New Protections Proposed For Imperiled Crayfish Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is proposing new protections for two threatened species of crayfish found in the Appalachian coalfields. Under the new proposed rule, published Tuesday in the Federal… Read More
Nature’s ‘Brita Filter’ Is Dying and Nobody Knows Why
A mysterious die-off of freshwater mussels has scientists scrambling to find a cause. Freshwater mussels clean water and provide habitat to countless other species.
Elk Tours in West Virginia Draw Visitors from 8 Other States
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia wildlife official says a monthlong series of fall tours to see elk drew visitors from eight other states. Chief Logan State Park naturalist… Read More
West Virginia Fall Foliage Peaking in Higher Elevations
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s higher elevations still have the best fall color as warmer temperatures in September delayed this year’s fall foliage display. The West Virginia Tourism Office… Read More
Federal Biologist: Black Vultures are Invading West Virginia
BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal biologist says federally protected vultures are invading West Virginia, having migrated from Central and South America about 45 years ago and now settling up… Read More
A New Bloodsucking Leech Species Found Hiding Outside Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian researcher Anna Phillips led the recent discovery of the new medicinal species. Its superficial similarities to a North American leech species helped prevent its detection before.
Deadly Virus Detected in West Virginia White-Tailed Deer
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Wildlife officials say a deadly virus has been detected in white-tailed deer in southern West Virginia. The state Division of Natural Resources says in a… Read More
Trump Administration Makes Major Changes To Protections For Endangered Species
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the revisions will make the landmark conservation law more efficient. Critics say it will hurt endangered plants and animals as they face mounting threats.
Mussel Woman: Biologist Passes Along Pearls Of Wisdom About Threatened Mussels
Janet Clayton is standing thigh-deep in a back channel of the Elk River. Clad in a wetsuit and knee pads, the silver-haired biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural… Read More
Don’t Cut Those Trees — Big Food Might Be Watching
Dozens of food companies have promised to stop their suppliers from clearing forests in order to grow crops or graze cattle. Now the companies have a tool to monitor those farmers from space.
Birds Are Trying To Adapt To Climate Change — But Is It Too Little, Too Late?
By breeding and migrating earlier, some birds are adapting to climate change. But it’s probably not happening fast enough for some species to survive, according to new research.
Power Plant: How A Grass Might Generate Fuel And Help Fix Damaged Mine Lands
Down bumpy back roads deep in central West Virginia, a flat, bright green pasture opens up among the rolling hills of coffee-colored trees. Wildflowers and butterflies dot the pasture, but… Read More
Cleveland Area Rocks After Earthquake Reported in Lake Erie
CLEVELAND (AP) – Federal geologists say an earthquake with an estimated magnitude 4 has been detected just northeast of Cleveland in Lake Erie. There were no reports immediately of damage,… Read More
Spotted: A Swarm Of Ladybugs So Huge, It Showed Up On National Weather Service Radar
Meteorologists in Southern California were puzzled by the big green blob on their radar — it looked like a rainstorm on what was a clear day. Then they discovered it was beetles.
Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide
Bees exposed to a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids dramatically changed their behavior — becoming sluggish, antisocial and spending less time caring for the colony’s young, researchers say.
After 17 Days And 1,000 Miles, A Mother Orca’s ‘Tour Of Grief’ Is Over
After carrying her calf’s corpse for an unusually long time, a “remarkably frisky” Tahlequah, or J-35, as the orca’s known, was seen Saturday chasing a school of salmon with fellow members of her pod.