Naturally UNH

Each turn of season highlights the pastoral campus at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), like a deliberate brush stroke on nature’s canvas. Throughout the year some of the most beautiful scenes take shape among the 250 acres that comprise UNH’s College Woods and encompass the woodlands, streams, and small fields that provide habitat for diverse wildlife. Bequeathed in 1891 by Benjamin Thompson, Jr., College Woods is the University’s oldest and most intensively used land, serving as a living laboratory for students and researchers alike. An equal access trail at the entrance to College Woods provides excellent recreational opportunities for the community-at-large. Story >>>

Biologists studying health of moose population

New Hampshire’s busiest moose checking station was conspicuously not busy Tuesday morning. The small outpost, nestled in the Kilkenny Valley in Milan, is one of six biologist check stations the state’s Fish and Game Department staffs during the annual nine-day moose hunt. With fewer permits issued than in years past, fewer hunters are bringing moose carcasses to the stations for testing during the week. The biologists are studying the carcasses to determine the population’s health and its prospects for survival going forward.

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Bobcats Prowl Among Us: Haunt Birdfeeders, Brooks, Boulevards

It’s on the prowl from three hours before sunset until midnight, and again before dawn ‘til three hours after sunrise.  Each night, it moves two to seven miles, mostly on the same route.

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UNH, Strafford County Conservation District Team Up to Test Cover Crops

University of New Hampshire scientists have teamed up with the Strafford County Conservation District to test different combinations of cover crops, which farmers use for a number of reasons, including improving soil fertility and productivity, reducing erosion, and controlling pests.

The project under the direction of Richard Smith, assistant professor of agroecology, is funded by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

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Urban 'evolution' turns fresh-water streams salty

Researchers find common threads in how cities everywhere alter their environment over time.

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Buggin’ out

All it takes for Dr. Paul Johnson to explain his job to kids is two four-inch long millipedes, two different types of cockroaches, meal worms, termites, tarantulas and maybe a few other live specimens for good measure.

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Kingman Farm Research Focus of UNH Twilight Meeting Sept. 16

Calling all farmers, master gardeners, and those interested in the agricultural research at Kingman Farm. You won't want to miss the twilight meeting Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at the farm in Madbury, a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

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UNH Student attends program to bring more diversity to the earth sciences

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering (SURGE) program brings students from smaller liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions or underserved backgrounds to Stanford for a summer of earth science research and graduate school preparation. One of the scholars, Shersingh J. Tumber-Davila, was born and reared in Puerto Rico. Now a rising senior majoring in environmental conservation and sustainability at the University of New Hampshire, and a Udall Scholar, Tumber-Davila said he is working to become a professor because it's a career that combines his loves of learning, teaching and research.

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DNA analysis may help New England cottontail

DNA analysis of the endangered New England cottontail shows that power line rights of way, railroad beds, and roadsides may help support their diminishing habitat.

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Researchers Work to Save Endangered New England Cottontail

Scientists with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station are working to save New Hampshire and Maine's only native rabbit after new research based on genetic monitoring has found that in the last decade, cottontail populations in northern New England have become more isolated and seen a 50 percent contraction of their range.

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