Shell stuff: Monitoring the health of California’s shellfish amid climate change

This is the second is a series about Medill News Service reporter Rebecca Fanning’s embedded reporting experience at UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay, California. Read the original post here.  By Rebecca Fanning Endangered black abalone receive an aromatic spa treatment while hundreds of baby oysters float in tiny cages next to winding […]

Tracking marine life on the edge of the Pacific

By Rebecca Fanning Medill Reports Bodega Bay, California. I’ve spent the past several weeks working with marine ecologists –holding tiny porcelain crabs, named for their propensity for losing limbs, picking seaweed out of small buckets to be dried and weighed for an animal diet experiment, peering through microscopes at fish larvae and gazing at baby […]

Restaurant Week partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository

By Rebecca Fanning Medill Reports It’s Chicago Restaurant Week, the best time to find deals and the worst time to make a reservation at foodie hotspots. But this year there’s a chance to give back. As part of a partnership between Restaurant Week organizers Choose Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, diners can make donations […]

Wisconsin lures out-of-state anglers by waiving ice-fishing fees

By Rebecca Fanning Medill Reports Boating, fishing, cheese and beer. Wisconsin’s identity is rooted in summer fun. But plunging temperatures mean fewer tourists in the chilly months. In 2012 Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources launched free fishing weekends to attract more visitors to their state. For one weekend each January and June, the DNR waives […]

Black Gold

By Rebecca Fanning Medill Reports Ed Hubbard has been dreaming up worm businesses since before he could drive. Now the 54-year-old has turned that passion into a business, transforming Chicago’s food waste into valuable soil one crawler at a time.

Ice Monster Number One

By Rebecca Fanning Medill Reports It’s noon on a sunny Thursday in October and “Diver Dave” Oliva is sprawled on a black inner tube wearing only a speedo; his mask and snorkel leave a wet mark on the concrete beside him. He waves to passersby, some seem to know him, others just wave back, amused. […]