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Tennessee Conservationist Magazine

March-April 2015

Feature Article: 
Look For 13-Year Cicadas 'Out West'

By Steve Murphree

Periodical Cicada nymphs emerging. Photo by Jim Occi, BugPics,

Hidden under eight inches of soil in West Tennessee, Brood XXIII (23) of the Periodical Cicadas will make their presence known in loud choruses in the spring of 2015 in their 13-year cycle of emergence. Steve Murphree, entomologist and professor of biology at Belmont University in Nashville, writes about the emergence of millions of cicadas expected in West Tennessee and states bordering the Mississippi River and western Ohio River in the featured article "Look For 13-Year Cicadas 'Out West.'"

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency biologist Jeremy Dennison, top, on ladder, uses binoculars to check Fayette Academy's bat boxes for occupancy. His colleague, Rob Colvin, holds the ladder. Photo by Donna Burrus.

Up and Down (and Upside Down) Views of Housing Bats

By John Froeschauer

Tennessee's 16 bat species are insectivores able to consume 50 percent of their body weight in insects per night, an attribute making them appealing to have close to home. The idea of providing bats with shelter is supported by the fact that about eight Tennessee species find man-made structures attractive or at least suitable for the trees, caves, cliffs and other natural shelters that have been compromised by human development and encroachment. Tennessee State Parks' Middle Tennessee Regional Interpretive Specialist, John Froeschauer, writes about the "Up and Down (and Upside Down) Views of Housing Bats."

A young man finds a Cretaceous oceanic mollusk at the Coon Creek Science Center in McNairy County. Photo by Katie Boord.

Can You Dig It? Exploring Tennessee Paleontology

By Jeremy Stout

Fossils abound in much of North America and especially in Tennessee! Several locations across the state offer the chance to learn more about fossils in a hands-on manner. Jeremy Stout, nature center manager at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, writes about opportunities offered for groups to learn more about paleontology and to dig for fossils in the article "Can You Dig It? Exploring Tennessee Paleontology."

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  • Why We Remember Rafinesque
  • These Pop Up Ponds Are More Than Just Puddles

In The Next Issue

  • Research at Frozen Head
  • Backyard Birds
  • Earthworms

About The Tennessee Conservationist

For more than seven decades, the award-winning Tennessee Conservationist has been dedicated to telling the stories of Tennessee’s natural, cultural and historical distinctiveness. In a cluttered media marketplace, this magazine continues to stand out by offering authentic Tennessee places, people and experiences through beautiful photography and engaging, informative articles. The magazine fulfills its purpose without receiving a state appropriation as it is totally funded through subscription revenue, non-commercial advertising for Tennessee State Parks and environmental programs plus gifts and donations from supporters. With continued strong support from our subscribers, we look forward to sharing more authentic Tennessee stories with you in the years to come.

Bob Martineau, Commissioner

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