Some City Birds Are Changing Their Tune

The ecology of urban ecosystems profoundly influences the plants and animals that live in and near cities, and even changes how birds sing – to read more about this, see here:

http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/accumulating-glitches/some_city_birds_are_changing

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The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States

The eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is ubiquitous in Philadelphia today, and in many other cities as well.  However, this was not always the case.

To read more about these little mammals, and how, when and why they came to be so citified, see here:

http://www.thedp.com/article/2013/12/urbanization-of-squirrel-research

The entire paper mentioned in the linked-to article above is here:

http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/100/3/691.full

And for a bit more on squirrels in Philadelphia, see within this page:

https://growinghistory.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/ailanthus/

and this one:

https://growinghistory.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/the-white-pines-of-hermit-lane/

Ragweed and Civilization

On the evening of Thursday the 19th of December, 2013, beginning at 7:30PM, the Philadelphia Botanical Club will have its monthly meeting, and Ken Frank will talk about a common herbaceous annual and its broader impacts on and implications for society, in a lecture titled “Ragweed and Civilization”.

For more information, see here:

http://darwin.ansp.org/hosted/botany_club/meeting.html