Zoo installs higher barrier

The Cincinnati Zoo said Thursday it will re-open its gorilla exhibit next week with a higher, reinforced barrier after a 3-year-old boy got into the enclosure, leading to the fatal shooting of a male gorilla.

Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said the outer barrier will now be 42 inches high — a half foot taller than before — with solid wood beams on top and at the bottom, plus knotted rope netting at the bottom.

NERDs catch and stock fish

The past two weeks in NERDs have been very busy! First, we had to get everything prepared for the upcoming NERDs golf tournament. Then we started SLIN netting (Spring Littoral Index netting) for Lake Trout, on Cashel Lake near Gunter. We did this for five days.

Dip-netting still a useful method to gather bait

We are in the middle of an annual phenomenon known as the spring “hill” tides. The full and new moons of May and June features these exceptionally strong tides which leads to the flushing of blue crabs, pass (mackerel) crabs and large brown shrimp from the major estuaries of Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor. The flush serves to propel these critters on their way to the open Gulf for the spawn.

Outdoor Grow Guide

Your plants have begun to feel their way around their new homes, and they’re most likely booming with new growth. Now, it’s time to tame all this wild growth into the highest yield possible. If you don’t train and manicure your plants, they will focus their energy on growing one primary cola (bud). Which isn’t a bad thing, but there are ways to train your plants so that one plant can have 10, 50, even 200 primary colas!

Santa Monica Pier Makes “Beach Bummer” List Again

The water around the Santa Monica Pier earned F grades year round on Heal the Bay’s 2015-16 Report Card released Thursday, landing it on the environmental non-profit group’s “Beach Bummer” list for the third year in a row.

Canada Geese are here to stay

PICKENS COUNTY — It’s hard to believe that at one time, the Canadian Geese — branta canadensis — was nearly driven extinct.

Strict hunting regulations along with population conservation and re-introduction protocols have successfully brought the birds back from the edge, but with an unintended consequence: now they won’t leave.

Although traditionally migratory birds, a substantial number of Canada Geese have been making South Carolina their permanent homes.

How to protect your trees from cicadas, and other things to know

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Don’t worry, the 17-year cicadas won’t eat all your trees and kill all your plants. But there are some still ways that homeowners can prepare for the incoming invasion.

And the cicadas can have some positive effects on hardier fruit trees.

Rush hour ‘mayhem’ as fallen pigeon netting causes London Circle Line suspension

Circle Line services were out of action after netting to stop pigeons nestling on the tracks collapsed at High Street Kensington at around 4.25pm.

A train in front of the netting, and the entire station, was evacuated.

One enraged user tweeted: “It is absurd that some obstruction whatever it may be is causing an entire line to go down!”

A Transfort for London (TFL) spokesman said that services were slowly making a recovery after the track was reopened at 5.12pm.