With Good Reason

Not Just for the Birds
September 8th, 2012

New research shows one key to curtailing West Nile disease may lie in increasing the diversity of birds. John Swaddle (College of William and Mary) says attracting a variety of birds to your back yard may actually lower your chance of getting the disease.  Also featured: Ann and Rob Simpson (Lord Fairfax Community College) are biologists who also happen to be a professional husband-and-wife wildlife photography team whose work has taken them from Yosemite National Park to Madagascar. Their books on the national parks promote ecological use of natural habitats and environmental stewardship. And: Dick Rowe (Virginia Military Institute) says birds can alert other birds not only to the degree of danger present but also what kind of threat is out there.

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