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Beaches, bagels, and ’burbs: the three B’s of Long Island. If you haven’t been to the island—like me, prior to this week—you probably associate the area with some of these trademarks. But do you know about one of the tiniest but most important ‘B’s on the island—birds? Long Island is a crucial habitat for many birds, including a number of terns, skimmers, and even a few bald eagles. Only if you look… Read More

Animals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. The process of pollination occurs when a pollen grain moves from the anther (male part) of a flower to the stigma (female part). This is the first step in a process that produces seeds, fruits, and the next generation of plants. This can happen through self-pollination, wind and water pollination, or through the work of… Read More

When contaminants get into the water system, some people might assume that standard water treatment techniques would make that water free from potential contamination.

The truth is, it is not that simple.