Snowfleas’ Soft Landing Gear

Naturally Curious with Mary Holland

3-17-17 snowflea IMG_0947Snow fleas, a species of springtail, are not a type of flea. Neither are they insects, though they are close relatives. During most of the year they live in the soil and leaf litter, consuming fungi and decaying vegetation. On warm winter days they appear on the surface of the snow, and are often described as “pepper on snow” due to their black color and tiny size (1 – 2 millimeters long).

Although they lack wings, they have two tail-like spring projections, or furcula, which are held like a spring against the bottom of their abdomen by a kind of latch. When the snow flea wants to move, the furcula springs downward, catapulting the snowflea as far as 100 times its body length. Snowfleas in the genus Hypogastrura possess three pinkish anal sacs which are usually located inside the snowflea, hidden from view. Just before jumping the snowflea everts these…

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The Bats of New Jersey

What’s Not to Love

Monday, March 20th
Time & Place:
7PM – 8:30PM
Room B-125 at Stockton University

CWF Biologist Larissa Smith discusses the bats of New Jersey. Bats suffer from a bad reputation among those who do not know them. In fact, as you will learn in this talk, they are beneficial to humans and fascinating creatures. NJ bat populations have been on the decline, however, and CWF is working with researchers to study their causes – and to look for solutions. Find out what CWF is doing to help bats in the state and what you can do yourself. More info

All About Snakes

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A northern water snake takes a green frog in a swamp in Stokes State Forest © Dawn J. Benko

Where do snakes live? What do snakes eat? Why do snakes shed their skin? Find out the answers at this family and kid-friendly event. With a variety of live snakes on display, the “NJ Snake Man” will help us to understand the important role that snakes play in nature.

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‘Strings and Sticks’

‘Strings and Sticks’ Help Make Space on NJ Beaches for Rare Plants and Birds

Without impeding public access, a modest program at the Jersey Shore has allowed plants to grow and birds to breed undisturbed

Piping plover

The endangered piping plover is being helped by new protections at New Jersey beaches.

A new program to cordon off sections of New Jersey beaches is making it easier for rare plants and birds to survive while allowing beach lovers plenty of access for swimming or sunbathing.  Read more

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