30 Species Discovered … in L.A.? Cities Buzz With Life

Urban biodiversity isn’t just limited to buzzing insects. Last year, a study found that 54 cities are home to 20 percent of the world’s bird species. In the city of Lyon, scientists found nearly a third of all the bee species native to France. It turns out that cities are a good place for some animals to live- and how humans decide to manage their cities can make those habitats better or worse for the local fauna… Anyone who has ever walked through a flock of pigeons knows birds do pretty well in cities, too. That isn’t to say that birds prefer cities- urban areas only retain about 8 percent of the bird species that otherwise would have lived in the area, according to a study led by Myla Aronson of Rutgers University… But cities are still filled with a rich variety of birds. Aronson and her team looked at 54 cities around the world and found that 20 percent of known bird species can be found flying in urban centers…"From city to city, across the world, maintaining natural habitat within a city is important for biodiversity," Aronson told NBC News.

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Rutgers Students Propose Rebuild Ideas for Little Ferry Waterfront

Recently, a group of senior undergraduate students from the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University presented design ideas for the Little Ferry waterfront at the borough council meeting March 10… Under the direction of Dr. Wolfram Hoefer, associate professor and graduate program director for department as well as associate professor at Centers for Urban Environmental Sustainability, the students developed seven different possible plans for rebuilding the borough based upon the Rebuild by Design proposal for the Meadowlands region… "It is about resiliency," said Hoefer. "The goal is to provide the students with real world experience and inform and educate the borough so they have an informed position."

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Rutgers Equine Science Center Unveils Website Redesign

Photo of Rutgers Equine Science Center homepage.

Photo of Rutgers Equine Science Center homepage. Courtesy of ESC.

After 14 years of providing the public with information on “all things horses,” the Rutgers Equine Science Center (ESC) has had a major facelift, launching its redesigned website to offer greater interactivity, new search functionality, plus a streamlined “Ask The Expert” section.

“With this facelift and integration, the center will provide the public with a website that is not only friendly to use, but one which will remain unparalleled in providing science-based information to equine enthusiasts around the world,” says Karyn Malinowski, director of the ESC.

The popular “Lord Nelson’s Blog,” whose four-legged author recently received the “Horse Personality of the Year Award,” will migrate from its current site to anchor a special “Kid’s Corner” on the center’s new website. “Kid’s Corner” will also feature the “Equine Science 4 Kids” education portal as well as link to the 4-H Horse Program in New Jersey. [Read more…]

It’s a Win/Win for Rutgers Students and Foster Horses

A new Rutgers University program involves a mutually beneficial human/equine relationship: it offers students an educational experience, while giving horses in need a chance to find homes… It’s the product of brainstorming to address animal science professor Sarah Ralston’s lack of access to horses for teaching… Department chair Wendie Cohick suggested getting horses just for teaching, and it was determined a year-round herd of four horses for that purpose and outreach, such as clinics, would be ideal. But even more horses were needed for Ag Field Day in New Brunswick at 10 a.m. April 25, a chance for students to show off their horses and what they have learned… "So many horses out there need homes, and most of the placements and rescues are full to the gills. If we take on even two or three horses, then we open up two or three spots for their parent organizations."… Associate Professor of Animal Sciences and Extension Specialist Carey Williams noted, "The students are winning by getting to interact with different breeds and different types of horses from different backgrounds. These horses may or may not know what we are asking them to do, so approaching each one differently might be necessary… Anyone interested in seeing the horses in the Rutgers University Teaching Herd (RUTH) before Ag Field Day can attend the "Meet RUTH" get-together on the Cook Campus in New Brunswick from 1-3 p.m. April 11.

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Middlesex County EARTH Center Offers “Discover Power Gardening” Seminar

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is marking the start of gardening season with a new workshop, Discover Power Gardening… This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick… The concept of Power Gardening combines elements of gardening and landscaping to create one rewarding pursuit. It is designed to help participants keep fit in addition to keeping their garden in order… Middlesex County’s Extension Office is part of a nationwide network that brings the research of the state land-grant universities to local people. Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices throughout New Jersey are cooperatively funded by; the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Rutgers University- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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