Two migratory shorebirds that seem to be having a particularly hard time surviving in the modern world are the Least Sandpipers (Calidris minutilla) and the Semipalmated Sandpipers (calidris pusilla). Both bird populations are decreasing.
What’s the problem? There are few current protections in place and horseshoe crab populations are just a small fraction of what they should be. One giant misstep or few smaller mistakes over time and horseshoe crabs could disappear from New York Harbor, including Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay and nearby tidal waters.
Although ribbed mussels are edible, you have to be really hungry to eat one. The meat is rubbery and tough to chew. The meat can also be loaded with organic bacteria, which gives it a slightly metallic taste. Thus, unlike the blue mussel, people do not commonly eat ribbed mussels. Yet, the qualities that make ribbed mussels so difficult to eat are the perfect indigents to improve water quality and keep wetlands happy and healthy.
People have long had a fascination and attraction to whales. Similar to California’s Giant Sequoias, whales tell the story of America and our conflicted relationship with nature. Whales are big, beautiful, powerful, awe-inspiring, inquisitive, intuitive, smart and sentient. Simply put, whales are awesome! But you don’t need to drive all the way up to New England to enjoy an awe-inspiring whale-watching cruise. All you have to do is just make your way to Queens, New York to see the many juvenile humpback whales that call New York Harbor and surrounding oceans waters home during most of the year.
Can a cold loving fish continue to exist in urban-suburban waters and in an ever-warming world?
This reproduction strategy for winter flounder is pure genius. They like it cold when lots of other fish do not. You would think with a limited number of predators to eat their eggs, the population of this flatfish would not only be healthy, but increasing. Yet, in many cases (though certainly not all), the winter flounder population is doing just the opposite, it’s in decline. Huh….what’s going on?
Late Summer and Autumn is Migration time for Ospreys!
Many people would like to think all juvenile birds grow up in a family that lives together and migrates together, but this isn't always true. Young ospreys are entirely on their own soon after they are able to fly and capture food. Adult ospreys nurture their offspring until the young are able to feed themselves, then their role as parents is complete.