Archive for November, 2009


Great White — the giant Palouse earthworm

Published on November 20, 2009

By Leah Sottile, The Pacific Northwest Inlander

The giant Palouse earthworm can’t be found — yet it’s dividing the Palouse

Jodi Johnson-Maynard will tell you this is not a quest. It’s not her personal mission or a scientific crusade. She’s reluctant to call it much of anything, in fact.

Her search for the giant Palouse earthworm is one she conducts with calculated scientific professionalism: She refuses to take sides, she will only comment on facts — the black and white. Not the gray.


Conservation groups and scientists ask the USDA to protect wild bumble bees from disease

Published on November 19, 2009

In comments to the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, ten other conservation groups, and several bee scientists have formally asked for protection of wild bumble bees from the threat of disease.