USGS

Earth Notes: Angel Lichen Moths

Jan 11, 2017
Freshwaters Illustrated

Angel lichen moths take their beautiful name from Bright Angel Creek in Grand Canyon where early specimens were found, and from lichens that the larvae eat. 


Melissa Sevigny

The Grand Canyon is running short on sand. Sediment that once washed down the Colorado River to form beaches is now trapped behind Glen Canyon Dam. For two decades river managers have released artificial floods to rebuild the beaches … but it’s not clear if the river has enough sand for these experiments to work in the long run. That’s what scientists want to find out.

NASA/JPL-Caltech

A rare asteroid made of metal may have water on it. From the Arizona Science Desk, Melissa Sevigny reports the discovery was made by a planetary scientist in Flagstaff.


Jim Rorabaugh/USFWS

Scientists have created the first map of the entire range of the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. It shows the bird’s habitat is threatened by drought and exotic beetles.


Melissa Sevigny

Prairie dogs are everywhere in northern Arizona, and so is the plague. The flea-borne disease can destroy whole colonies of prairie dogs, and that has big consequences for ecosystems. Because it’s impractical to vaccinate wild animals, biologists are trying out an edible plague vaccine. It’s a tasty kibble that prairie dogs can’t resist.


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