Rights of Nature and the Natural World

Guest post by Zeeshan Khan and Michelle Thompson Mother Earth has provided food, water, and protection for humans for more than 6 million years. Yet since the industrial revolution, consumption of natural resources has only increased. We now face a grim future: protect nature or suffer the consequences without it. Does nature have rights? Read […]

Easy Salamander Identification In The US South

Salamanders may look like lizards, but these curious creatures aren’t reptiles. In fact, salamanders are part of the amphibian family. Yes, they’re more related to frogs, but they’re not as vocal. Lizards have dry skin, while salamanders on the other hand have wet and moist skin. Sometimes a salamander will even use their skin to […]

Eastern Red Spotted Newt, an easy salamander species to identify

Ecosystem Services Explained

Guest post by Emma Dawson Have you ever wondered how much a total ecosystem is worth? How much value do trees give us in timber and food? What about air purification and carbon sequestration? How about flood protection, erosion control, or even natural beauty? It’s hard to imagine all the benefits that nature provides humans. […]

ecosystem services - money growing on a tree

The Legacy of Longleaf Pine

Guest post by Amber Skinner Have you ever wondered where the term “tar heel”, a common nickname for North Carolinians, came from? For centuries North Carolina residents collected tar from trees, and then they’d be covered in the messy substance: hence the name. The tar, however, came from a very special type of tree known […]

Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) cones, multiple, brown - Davie, Florida, USA

Health Benefits of Walking in Forests: Infographic

There’s no better time to embrace nature than in the fall, the season of transformation. Over the past few decades, our forests have come under major threat due to a number of human-induced disturbances. Trees play important roles for not just our ecosystems but for our community as well. Turns out there are many health benefits from wandering around the woods.