About 30 miles northeast of Flagstaff in a remote area of high desert, is a set of manmade craters blasted into an ancient lava flow. They were put there 50 years ago as a training site for astronauts preparing to walk and drive on the moon.
Sixteen-year-old Isaac Bynar Calley of Flagstaff was fascinated with honey pot ants before his untimely death from a seizure last year. Isaac’s mom Charlie says he loved the social community of ant colonies and entertained her every day with ant trivia.
Warming temperatures and drought are increasing bark beetle outbreaks worldwide, killing off thousands of miles of forests. The problem is so dire in Russia that foresters have enlisted the help of Flagstaff entomologist and bark beetle expert Rich Hofstetter.