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Single hair shows researchers what a bear has been eating

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Grizzly-80PULLMAN, Wash. – U.S. and Canadian researchers have found they can get a good idea of a grizzly bear’s diet over several months by looking at a single hair. The technique, which measures residues of trace metals, can be a major tool in determining if the threatened animals are getting enough of the right foods to eat. » More …

Beetles and a cup of joe: Insects boost fair trade coffee sales

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – When java giants like Starbucks seek out the finest fair trade coffee beans in Guatemala, insects can make all the difference. » More …

Oct. 28: Authors to discuss nature’s wisdom, agriculture

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Denison,-left,-and-MarrisPULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public symposium, “Saving Nature and Improving Agriculture: Where Does Nature’s Wisdom Lie?” will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University Pullman. » More …

Snohomish County 4-H restore salmon habitat

EVERETT – A small group of dedicated adults and children are proving  that everyone can make a difference. In this case, the proving ground is a section of Mouse Creek in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Wilderness.

WSU Snohomish County Extension 4-H will host restoration activities at Mouse Creek on Sauk Prairie Road near Darrington on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

With help from the community the fourth, fifth and sixth grade 4-H members from Darrington Elementary School and Arlington’s Stilly Valley School will work to remove invasive species from the site and plant Red Alder saplings to improve and restore the stream’s … » More …

Blazing a trail with butterflies

Keen on conservation biology, grad student Cheryl Schultz 15 years ago began investigating whether habitat corridors were needed for the survival of an Oregon butterfly.

Today Schultz is the acknowledged authority in the Pacific Northwest on butterfly conservation. An assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences at WSU Vancouver, she built her reputation and her expertise through a series of 35 modest grants from a variety of governmental agencies and conservation groups. 

With her knowledge and experience, Schultz can advise land managers trying to balance the need to preserve rare species with the growing pressures to … » More …

Students create carnival to help families in need

Students in Human Development 205, an experiential based interpersonal communications course at WSU, have created a community service event on behalf of Palouse Habitat for Humanity.  Palouse Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that provides housing for local, low income families in need.  Families contribute 500 hours in sweat equity to the construction process and acquire a no-interest loan to pay for material costs. Most of the construction is executed by volunteers and students are assisting in building the current project house in Moscow.  Palouse Habitat for Humanity is now raising money to initiate the next build. To support that effort, HD 205 students … » More …

Endangered pygmy rabbits researched at WSU

PULLMAN – Eleven of about two dozen pygmy rabbits scheduled for a March 13 reintroduction into their native sagebrush habitat in Douglas County by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will come from Washington State University, one of three sites where the animals have been bred in captivity since 2000.WSU has been the lead research institution for the project. The research has been funded by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the federal Endangered Species Act.“It has been one of our biggest efforts in endangered species research,” said Rod Sayler, associate professor of natural resource … » More …