Ch-ch-changes!

Folks, climate change is upon us. You may have heard that humans are the harbingers of the 6th Mass Extinction: whether or not you want to apply that label to what’s currently going on, there’s no denying that a lot of species are disappearing. Continue reading “Ch-ch-changes!”

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A tale of two squirrels

Until recently, North America had two native species of flying squirrel, the Northern flying squirrel and the Southern flying squirrel (such creative naming!). These two species are in the same genus, Glaucomys, and are closely related: so close, in fact, that in the northeast where their ranges overlap, they sometimes interbreed! But far, far away in the forests of the Pacific northwest dwells a mysterious population of Northern flying squirrels…and a group of scientists was determined to find out why. Continue reading “A tale of two squirrels”