Aired: March 14, 2015

The Monarch Massacre

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  • The Monarch Massacre (8 min.)

    With: Tatyana Lobova, Old Dominion University

    Some say Monarchs are the most beautiful of all butterflies. But the Monarchs could end up on the endangered species list. Lobova is part of a national effort to rescue the beautiful creatures by planting milkweed plants, which they need for survival.

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  • Evolving Bird Songs (11 min.)

    With: David Luther, George Mason University

    It’s hard to have a conversation in a noisy room, so how do birds get their messages across in highly urbanized areas? Not only are song stylings changing, but the beaks of some birds are actually growing longer.

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  • Wilderness Institute (7 min.)

    With: Anja Whittington, Radford University

    For a full month, students enrolled in the Wilderness Institute eat, breathe, and sleep their course. The ultimate test of their leadership and wilderness skills comes when their professor leaves the students to experience the final expedition on their own.

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  • Oyster Buffers (10 min.)

    With: Russell Burke, Christopher Newport University

    Saxis, a tiny fishing community off the east coast, has lost so much shoreline it’s almost an island now. Burke is using oysters as part of what he calls “living reefs” as a buffer against the encroaching waters.

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  • Vertical Profile of the East Coast (3 min.)

    With: Elizabeth Johnson, James Madison University

    It’s a mystery to scientists why there is a string of relatively young volcanoes along the eastern side of North America. Johnson examines rocks from the depths of extinct volcanoes to unearth what really caused these baffling eruptions.

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  • Tracking Bird Migration (9 min.)

    With: Eric Walters and Andrew Arnold, Old Dominion University

    Researchers are experimenting with radar as a means of tracking the migration patterns of flocks of songbirds. Walters and Arnold have teamed up with NASA and environmental groups to study one of the major flyways in the United States.

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  • Monarch Watch

    As we were doing research for our segment on the Monarch Massacre, we came across this website where you can learn more about monarch butterflies and how you can help bring them back.

  • Cardinal Accents

    Birds are making adjustments to live with increasing levels of human-generated noise.  One Virginia scholar says that some city-dwelling birds are actually changing their accents so they can be heard over the traffic.  Lilia Fuquen reports.

    In highly urbanized areas, the beaks of some birds are actually growing longer. Learn more on our show The Monarch Massacre.

     

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