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James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - A recent report in Chesapeake Bay Journal laments the decline in ruffed grouse populations in the Chesapeake watershed region of its natural range. Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), a strikingly beautiful bird that symbolizes wildness, is in...

/article/honeybees-how-sweet-it-is-again
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - After some scary population downturns and scarier rumors of bee populations crashing, honeybees are making a comeback, populationally speaking.1,2 After a year of devastatingly bad news,3 bounce-back statistics on honeybee populations are now making...

/article/dolphins-learn-tricks-from-peers-to-catch-fish
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - Dolphins—like other cetaceans such as whales, wholphins, and porpoises—are highly intelligent marine mammals, capable of astonishing feats. A recent University of Leeds study, led by Sonja Wild, adds to what we humans have learned about...

/article/wandering-albatross-wide-wings-on-the-winds
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - Wandering albatrosses have the largest wingspan of any living bird, so they live much of life soaring above the oceans. With their wings—and a lot of winds—it is no wonder that their use of wind-power would be studied by scientists, as a...

/article/god-grassroots-provision
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - In times of calamity and crisis, it’s easy to question whether life makes sense—or, more accurately, how God is making ultimate sense of everything.1,2 Unsurprisingly, fallen humans propose answers that miss the mark, failing to...

/article/artificial-plants-help-keep-peace-at-tilapia-farms
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - Once again, a scientific study shows how “farmed” or ranched creatures live better if their domesticated context resembles their natural habitat.1 According to a recent study published in Aquaculture Reports, confined fish at Brazilian...

/article/cherry-orchards-nutrition-providential-phenology
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - As June transitions into July, it’s time for fruit harvesting—including apples, peaches, pears, and cherries. Notice how fruit phenology (seasonal life cycles) is linked to the timing of agricultural harvesting. As peach thinning...

/article/like-father-like-son-in-the-deepest-deep
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - Two of the remotest places ever visited by humans are the moon and the deepest part of the ocean. Earth’s lowest point is called the “Challenger Deep,” a depression inside the southern end of the Mariana Trench—the deepest...

/article/protective-yet-flexible-design-of-carp-scales
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - Recently reported research demonstrates how astonishingly helpful scales are to fish—such as the common carp (Cyprinus carpio), whose scales blend armor-like protection with flexibility needed for underwater mobility.1,2 The carp scales...

/article/noisy-narwhals-in-greenland-frigid-fjords
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. - Recently, after audio-recording underwater in Greenland’s fjords, two geoscientists published research on vocalizations made by narwhals. The sounds included shrill whistle tones, repetitive clicks, knocking sounds, buzzing noises, and even...

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