Would You Destroy This Bug?

By Joene Hendry

Were you to find this on one of your vegetable or ornamental plants would you know what it is? Would you squish it or, even worse, spray it with an insecticide under the belief that all bugs are bad?   You’d be making a mistake…. Read more »

Windows 8: A Dramatic Departure from Prior Versions

Lon Seidman

  Microsoft is betting big on Windows 8’s new interface that is designed more for touch screens and tablets than keyboards and mice.   The biggest and most noticeable change happens after the machine boots, where a colorful start screen replaces the traditional desktop interface… Read more »

We Are Killing Bees

Joene Hendry

Do you know that the grub-killing pesticide you put on your lawn and the flea control you put on your pet likely contains imidacloprid, a pesticide implicated in honeybee-killing Colony Collapse Disorder? And, if you purchase non-organic coffee, citrus, grapes and other fruits, potatoes and… Read more »

Water World, Part 1: Ocean Health

Robert Rae

by Allan Richter and Linda Melonefrom Energy Times During his fifth season playing affable bartender Sam Malone on “Cheers,” Ted Danson was walking with his daughters along the beach in Santa Monica, California, when they encountered a sign that read, “Water polluted. No Swimming.” Danson… Read more »

Watching and Recording Plant Phases

Robert Rae

by Joene’s Garden Spring is springing early in Connecticut and I have more than anecdotal observations to prove it. I have multiple years of plant phase data recorded by me and other citizen scientists on the Project Budburst website. Project Budburst is a very cool… Read more »

Vernal Pools: Microcosm of Life

Will Michael

  In Connecticut, vernal pools may easily go unnoticed when in the woods. Vernal pools are small and often disappear during the dry summer months, but if one takes the time to look, vernal pools provide a constant source of phenomenal wildlife.   A key… Read more »

Turtles and Roads Are a Deadly Combination


  Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents to be on the lookout for turtles crossing roads. The months of May and June are the nesting season for many turtles. At this time, egg-bearing aquatic turtles often cross roads in search… Read more »

Trail Report: Steep Rock Preserve, Washington Depot

James Dietter

  Hike Style: Loop Region: Litchfield County, CT Hike Length: 5 miles Trail Map: map_steep_rock Trail Head and Parking Lot: Map Park Rules: Rules and Regulations Date of Report: 2/24/2013 Approximate Time: 3-5 hours   Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Ascent to the summit is moderately… Read more »

Tiny Toads on Connecticut Trails

Will Michael

  During mid-summer in Connecticut, watch your step while hiking the trails of our forests. Eastern American toads have recently completed their transformation from tadpole to toad, and they now hop along the trail as they disperse throughout the forest.   The new toads are… Read more »

The Science Fair of the Future

Laurel Tuohy

  If there is an app for creativity and hard work, the students involved in The Student Innovation Expo 2012 in Hartford, Connecticut must have downloaded it! Students from 35 schools statewide will compete in the categories of: Business Plan, ePortfolio, eCommerce, Film, App Design,… Read more »

The Fracked Looking Glass

Joshua L. Durkin

The frack debate might read like lines from a Maynard Keenan screenplay about massive oil-drum gas-chemical-drooling frack well monsters who terrorize Americans by undulating and jamming their massive dorks into nubile lands. And horrible imagery like that might be why so many artists, celebrities, and regular people have gotten behind this national protest.

The Fire Escape Garden: May

Amanda Bloom

  What’s one to do when one loves to garden but hasn’t a yard?  Why, accumulate lots of pots and truck loads of soil up to one’s fifth floor apartment, of course!  This is what I’ve been doing over the past four years to create… Read more »

The Fire Escape Garden: June

Amanda Bloom

  It’s late June, and my fifth floor urban garden is thriving.  I’ve already harvested two bins of microgreens, my strawberries “patch” is fruiting, and the hydrangea pictured at left is in full pink bloom.  Two broccoli seedlings have survived a bout with cabbage worms,… Read more »

The Final Moments of the Space Shuttle Program

Robert Rae

The team from shot exclusive FLIR infrared footage of Atlantis‘ final landing. They were also present for the shuttle’s “tow back” to the Orbiter Processing Facility where United Space Alliance employees walked alongside the orbiter they have worked with for nearly three decades. Watch… Read more »

The Connecticut Apple Shortage

Pete Mauerman

  Connecticut farmers, and farmers everywhere, have always been at the mercy of Mother Nature. This year apple growers in Connecticut are hurting more than ever. According to the Hartford Courant, crops are down to about 16 percent this year due  to an April freeze… Read more »

State Reports Positive Mosquitoes for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

Mercurial Staff

  The State Mosquito Management Program has announced that mosquitoes trapped in Hampton on August 26 have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE). These results represent the first EEE-positive mosquitoes identified in Hampton by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) this year.  … Read more »

Some Memories of Honeybees

Joshua L. Durkin

  The first experience I remember having with any sort of violent, flying, chitin-armored insect with a stinger was when a bumblebee stung my thumb. I was young enough that it made me angry at and afraid of everything that flew for a few days,… Read more »

Seed to Salad in 10 Days–You Can Grow That!

Joene Hendry

  Need a quick growing fix? Look no further than a seed packet of micro greens. With minimal effort you can go from seed to salad in 10 days, making micro greens a perfect You Can Grow That! success story.   On the fourth of… Read more »

Sandy Devastates Northeast (photos & video)

Amanda Bloom

  “Superstorm” Sandy has ravaged the Northeast, causing millions of power outages, severe flooding, significant property damages, and at least 57 deaths in the United States.  In Connecticut, the shoreline has seen the greatest destruction due to the high storm surge, and nearly half a million homes… Read more »

Researchers Discover Nest of One of World’s Most Endangered Birds

Environmental Headlines

  The first known nest of one of the world’s rarest birds – the critically endangered Stresemann’s Bristlefront – has been discovered in Brazil. Of perhaps equal significance is that strong evidence of active nestlings was also found.   The Stresemann’s Bristlefront is one of… Read more »

Providing Housing for Bluebirds, One Box at a Time


  If you build it, they will come. Sounds simple, right? This common phrase is often used to describe situations with definite outcomes. Hang up a bird feeder and you get birds. Plant wildflowers and you get bees. Put up a bluebird nest box and… Read more »

Plant Diversely and They Will Come

Joene Hendry

  As more seed catalogs arrive in the mail, gardeners will begin dreaming of next year’s gardens. Following the mantra “plant diversely and they will come” may be one way for gardeners to help troubled bee populations.   Multiple bee species are showing declining populations… Read more »

Pass On the Salt

Robert Rae

by Thomas J. Foxfrom Energy Times IN THE NORTHERN UNITED STATES, midwinter not only means snow, but some other white stuff—for instance, road salt, of which Americans use some 10 to 20 million tons each year. But for all the research that has been conducted… Read more »