A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
The Your Wild Life Team at NC State is launching an exciting new citizen science project to look at the effects of urbanization on 17-year cicadas.
The team is asking folks within the Brood II emergence zone (from Georgia to Connecticut) to collect 5-10 cicadas and send them in, with a point location (from which we'll use GIS resources to glean urbanization info). We'll then measure various physical traits of the cicadas to assess fluctuating asymmetry (a potential indicator of environmental stress) -- We predict that fluctuating asymmetry increases with urbanization.