You may have noticed signs that say “Don’t feed the ducks!” when walking in local parks with ponds or lakes. While you may be tempted to feed the cute wild animals, you generally understand why you shouldn’t. One of the problems with feeding wild animals is that they become dependent on humans for their food. Another problem is that they can overpopulate places that humans frequent, like your local duck pond. It’s easy to resist throwing some crackers out for ducks or squirrels, but have you ever thought about how your daily actions might be feeding organisms so small you can’t even see them, leading to toxic algal blooms? Continue reading “Never Mind the Ducks: Don’t Feed the Microbes!”
Plastic pollution in our oceans, lakes, and rivers has gained vast media attention over recent months, and rightly so: approximately 8.8 million tons of plastic are released into the oceans each year.