November - 2019
Stacey Harper, Oregon State University environmental toxicologist OSU researchers to use $3.3 million NSF grant to study impacts of tiny plastics on aquatic life

Oregon State University researchers will use a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study tiny plastics and their potential impacts on aquatic life.

Gray whales. Images and data collected under NOAA/NMFS permit #21678. Using drones, GoPros to track gray whale behavior, and spot their poop, off Oregon Coast

Using drones deployed in the air and GoPros underwater, Oregon State University marine ecologist Leigh Torres recently completed her fourth field season documenting previously unseen behaviors of gray whales – and gathering their poop – off the Oregon coast.

Oregon State University-produced coral reef documentary now streaming worldwide

Saving Atlantis,” a feature-length documentary on coral reefs produced by Oregon State University filmmakers, is now streaming and accessible to viewers worldwide on digital platforms, including Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.

aerial view of Memorial Union building OSU Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony perform fall concert Nov. 21

The Oregon State University band program presents the OSU Wind Ensemble and OSU Wind Symphony fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

Symposium flyer OSU symposium looks at the future through the lens of speculative fiction

Panel discussions about social justice, climate change, and activism through the realms of “A Handmaid's Tale,” Star Trek, Star Wars, the politics of utopia/dystopia and Dungeons & Dragons 

houseplants Light exposure key for growing successful houseplants

A fundamental rule of gardening is to give houseplant the conditions they need to thrive.

veteranslounge Oregon State named top school for veterans in the Pacific Northwest

Oregon State University has been named the best college or university for veterans in the Pacific Northwest

OSU Board of Trustees to meet Nov. 12 and 13

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold executive sessions on Nov. 12 and 13 to consider employment of the university’s next president.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Corvallis-OSU Symphony performs Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony Nov. 24

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony under the direction of Maestro Marlan Carlson will perform works by Antonín Dvořák, Zoltán Kodály and Dmitri Shostakovich at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 24 in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

 

Oregon State enrollment grows online and at Bend campus

Oregon State University enrolled a record number of students, including increases in students of color and veterans, for fall term 2019. This growth has been fueled by increases in students attending the university’s nationally ranked online Ecampus program and OSU-Cascades in Bend.

OSU presidential search process continues

Oregon State University continues its national search for a president to succeed Ed Ray, who will step down as president on June 30, 2020, after leading the university for 17 years.

Conservatives more likely to support climate policy if they report harm due to extreme weather

People who identify as politically conservative are more like to support climate change mitigation policies if they have report experiencing personal harm from an extreme weather event such as a wildfire, flood or tornado, a new study indicates.

fire World scientists declare climate emergency, establish global indicators for effective action

A global coalition of scientists led by William J. Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University says “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

Counterculture icons the Merry Pranksters to speak at OSU Nov. 20

“The Merry Pranksters: A Zany, Psychedelic, Rollicking Conversation with the Merry Pranksters,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

 

‘Secret Garden’ auditions to be held Nov. 18-19 at OSU

Auditions for Oregon State University’s winter 2020 production of “The Secret Garden” will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19, and, if necessary on Nov. 20, in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage Theatre.

Sea levels to continue rising after current Paris agreement emission pledges expire in 2030

Sea levels will continue to rise around the world long after current carbon emissions pledges made through the Paris climate agreement are met and global temperatures stabilize, a new study indicates.

Exhibit of works by members of Print Arts Northwest on display in OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery

A collection of works from members of Print Arts Northwest will be on display Nov. 4 through Dec. 4 in the Fairbanks Gallery of Art at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

prescribed fire OSU Extension builds partnerships with new fire program

The new program focuses on creating opportunities for landowners by building partnerships.

plant cuttings Snip some stems and have new plants in spring

Whether you plant the results of your “snip and stick” project or give them away, propagating by cuttings can be a rewarding process.

 

 
October - 2019
Poet Ilya Kaminsky to read at Oregon State University Nov. 13

Poet Ilya Kaminsky will read at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Learning Innovation Center Room 128 on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

OSU Theatre’s production of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ to run in November

Oregon State University Theatre will present “Shakespeare in Love,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 and Nov. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and Nov. 24 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis.

 

Plan ahead to avoid parking and commuting challenges on OSU Corvallis campus Nov. 8

Oregon State University employees, students, fans and the public should plan ahead when visiting the Corvallis campus on Friday, Nov. 8, as a weekday home football game could make parking a challenge.

‘State of the Coast’ conference set for Nov. 9 in Gleneden Beach

Registration has opened for Oregon Sea Grant’s annual State of the Coast conference, which will be held Nov. 9 at the Salishan resort in Gleneden Beach and will provide opportunities to hear about marine science and policy issues facing the Oregon coast.

Two million-year-old ice provides snapshot of Earth’s greenhouse gas history

Two million-year old ice from Antarctica recently uncovered by a team of researchers provides a clearer picture into the connections between greenhouse gases and climate in ancient times and will help scientists understand future climate change.

OSU choirs present annual ‘Fall Sing!’ concert Nov. 7

Oregon State University’s choirs will present the “Fall Sing!” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

 

OSU’s American Strings Series brings The Carter Family’s Carlene Carter to Corvallis Nov. 13

Carlene Carter, the daughter of The Carter Family’s June Carter Cash and the step-daughter of Johnny Cash, will appear at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Corvallis.

Bird at bird feeder Put out the welcome mat for birds in winter

If you are feeding backyard birds, be sure to continue through winter when they need the nutrition.

RFPA members responding to the 2016 Cherry Road fire in Jordan Valley, Oregon. Tensions lessening between rangeland fire groups and government agencies

A study led by Oregon State University finds that tensions between Rangeland Fire Protection Associations and government agencies have lessened– rapidly in Idaho and gradually in Oregon.

Protected areas in ocean Oregon State scientists tout ocean protection progress, give road map for more

World governments and other leadership bodies are taking vital steps to protect the ocean but more progress is urgently needed, Oregon State University scientists reported today at the Our Ocean Conference.

Vincent Stewart Former deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command to speak Oct. 29 at OSU

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, former deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command, will deliver a presentation on cybersecurity Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. on the Corvallis campus of Oregon State University.

Oregon State Board of Trustees approves building and campus improvement projects

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved spending nearly $277 million on seven remodeling, renovation and new construction projects on  the university’s Corvallis and Bend campuses.

Euonymus alatus Saucy shrubs strut their stuff in fall

Colorful shrubs can compete with trees when it comes to fall color.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society presents Portland Youth Philharmonic Oct. 27

The Portland Youth Philharmonic, hosted by the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society, will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th Street.

African a cappella group Nobuntu to perform at Oregon State Nov. 6

Nobuntu, an all-female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, in the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

OSU’s Little Gallery presents exhibit on the Berlin Wall by artist Stefan Roloff

Oregon State University’s Little Gallery will mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with “Beyond the Wall,” a recreation of a 2017 exhibit by German artist Stefan Roloff that was displayed at the original Berlin Wall site.

Flies under blue light Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate aging, even if it doesn’t reach your eyes, study suggests

Prolonged exposure to blue light, such as that which emanates from your phone, computer and household fixtures, could be affecting your longevity, even if it’s not shining in your eyes.

Linus Pauling Science Center Oregon State to help lead effort to make cancer research data more useful and accessible

Oregon State University has been awarded $8.8 million to help lead a 3½-year effort to make the volumes of data arising from cancer research more accessible, organized and powerful.

Austin Hall OSU to study incorporating innovation into promotion and tenure criteria for higher education faculty

Oregon State University has received a $438,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study adding innovation and entrepreneurial achievements into the criteria for higher education faculty promotion and tenure.

Science Pub Corvallis will explore Earth’s legacy and climate change

We value legacies. We leave them for our families, our communities, society, and the environment. But will the Earth leave a legacy for extraterrestrial civilizations? At Science Pub Corvallis on Nov. 4, Martin Fisk, emeritus professor at Oregon State University, will address that question.

Excellence in Family Business Award winners named by Oregon State College of Business

Sisters Coffee Company of Sisters, Heritage Specialty Foods of Portland and CRB Manufacturing of Clackamas have been selected as this year’s winners of the Oregon State University College of Business’s Excellence in Family Business Awards.

OSU film scholar and Distinguished Professor Jon Lewis to speak Oct. 23

“Hollywood in the 60s: A Conversation with Distinguished Professor of Film Studies Jon Lewis” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Construction & Engineering Hall at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Corvallis-OSU Piano International presents ‘Noche de Alma Latinoamericana’ Oct. 20

Corvallis-OSU Piano International will present the third annual “Noche de Alma Latinoamericana” from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

hazelnuts Gather nuts frequently as they fall from the tree

Harvesting, drying and storing nuts correctly will give you months of enjoyment.

Kuka robot precision woodcutter OSU celebrates grand opening of A.A. ‘Red’ Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University College of Forestry celebrated the grand opening on Thursday of its A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, a facility dedicated to furthering research and collaboration in the timber design, engineering, fabrication and construction sectors.

OSU Presidential Search Continues

Oregon State University’s 15-member presidential search committee continues to evaluate candidates for the position of university president using the Presidential Leadership Profile approved by the OSU Board of Trustees.

Sialomorpha dominicana Meet the ‘mold pigs,’ a new group of invertebrates from 30 million years ago

Fossils preserved in Dominican amber reveal a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate from the mid-Tertiary period, a discovery that shows unique lineages of the tiny creatures were living 30 million years ago.

Gift launches OSU’s fundraising effort to acquire equipment to improve cancer treatment for pets

A $500,000 gift from Ken and Celia Austin is kick-starting fundraising for a device to deliver radiation treatment to animals at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

OSU Board of Trustees and committees to meet October 16 - 18

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to discuss assumptions underlying the university’s 10-year business forecast and strategic plan, consider headwinds facing higher education and the university over the next decade, and explore transformational strategies to address the most pressing headwinds.

Women's Building Coordinated care model leads to decreases in unscheduled, preventable hospitalizations

Oregon Medicaid enrollees are less likely to make unscheduled trips to the hospital following the implementation of the state’s accountable-care model, new research by Oregon State University shows.

Japanese maple Get the scoop on gardening with 10-Minute University handouts

10-minute presentations were so popular, they've stretched to 25

OSU hosts jazz guitarist, author and recording artist Wayne Goins at Majestic Theatre

Jazz and blues guitarist, recording artist and author Wayne Goins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., Corvallis.

Colin Johnson Deafness-causing protein deficiency makes brain rewire itself, research suggests

The brains of people with congenital deafness may be rewiring themselves in ways that affect how those people learn, suggesting a need to develop new teaching techniques tailored toward those who have never been able to hear.

mini autonomous car OSU researcher using miniature cars to help advance autonomous vehicle safety

An autonomous systems expert at Oregon State University is helping to lead an effort to build research infrastructure for the safety, performance and security of driverless cars, supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Warren Washington Warren Washington, climate science pioneer and Oregon State alum, to speak Oct. 11 at OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Pioneering climate scientist Warren Washington, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oregon State University, will give this year’s OSU College of Science Distinguished Lecture on Friday, Oct. 11.

September - 2019
Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center receives $1M for genetics research

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials.

Oregon State University Foundation leader to retire, replacement named

Oregon State University Foundation President and CEO Mike Goodwin will retire Jan. 3, 2020. Shawn Scoville, executive vice president of the OSU Foundation, will succeed him. Over the last decade and a half at Oregon State, the two have developed one of the premier public university foundations in the country.

OSU’s Fairbanks Gallery presents two-artist show, ‘Seeing is Deceiving’

“Seeing is Deceiving,” an exhibition of works by artists Granite Calimpong and Lucy Copper, will be on display Oct. 7 through Oct. 30 in the Fairbanks Gallery of Art.

First cohort chosen for PNNL-OSU distinguished graduate research program

Oregon State University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have selected the first group of students for the PNNL-OSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony opens season with Mozart, Bruckner Oct. 6

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra will open the 2019-2020 season with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis.

OSU’s American Strings Series brings The Baseball Project to the Majestic Theatre

In a nod to October being World Series month, the American Strings Series features an evening with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of The Baseball Project on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Corvallis Science Pub features mega-rafting of invasive species

The 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami launched a flood of debris across the Pacific Ocean. At the Corvallis Science Pub on October 14, Jessica Miller, professor in fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University, will discuss what she and other scientists learned about the nearly 300 invasive species that hitchhiked their way on the debris to Hawaii and the Northwest.

Essayist Jia Tolentino to read at Oregon State University Oct. 4

Essayist Jia Tolentino will read at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.

Lillian Larwood Oregon woman inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

OSU professor emeritus Lillian Larwood is recognized for 35 years of service to 4-H youth and programs.

Ocean acidification and hypoxia plan outlines Oregon’s commitment to addressing climate impacts

Oregon has a new roadmap for addressing rising ocean acidification and hypoxia – two climate change-induced conditions that could have widespread consequences for the state’s ocean ecosystem and the economy.

Jane Lubchenco OSU ecologist: Ocean-based actions can close gaps in climate change mitigation

Ocean-based actions have greater potential to fill in gaps in climate change mitigation than previously appreciated, an Oregon State University scientist and two co-authors explain in a paper published today in Science.

A cat displays secure attachment behavior with researcher Kristyn Vitale in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University Cats, like children and dogs, develop attachments to their caregivers, study shows

Pet cats form attachments with their human owners that are similar to the bonds formed by children and dogs with their caretakers.

Giustina Gallery at OSU to exhibit ‘My Secret Double’ Oct. 1-30

“My Secret Double – an International Exhibition,” featuring the works of artists from the Northwest and the Baltics, will be on display Oct. 1 through Oct. 30 in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

MU Fall season of OSU’s Music à la Carte opens Oct. 4

The Music à la Carte concert series at Oregon State University opens the 2019-2020 season at noon, Friday, Oct. 4, with a piano recital featuring performers Angela Carlson and Rebecca Jeffers.

flower bulb Go underground with bulbs for colorful spring bloom

Spring bulbs aren't just tulips and daffodils -- look for unusual bulbs to supplement the usual suspects.

Oregon State Move-In Day is Sunday, Sept. 22

About 3,500 students are expected to move into Oregon State University residence halls on Sunday, Sept. 22, three days before the start of fall term.

For second consecutive year, Oregon State University honored for commitment to diversity

Oregon State University has been recognized for a second straight year with an award that honors colleges and universities that weave diversity and inclusion into their campus cultures.

aerial view of Memorial Union building Oregon State University receives $1.8 million to improve worker training in manufacturing

Karl Haapala of the Oregon State University College of Engineering has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help ensure that current and future workers in the manufacturing sector have access to high-quality engineering education and technical training.

Auditions for OSU’s fall play, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ to be held Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s fall 2019 production of “Shakespeare in Love” will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the Withycombe main stage theatre in Withycombe Hall, 2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis.

Large transnational corporations play critical role in global natural resource management

Researchers have identified six corporate actions that, combined with effective public policy and improved governmental regulations, could help large transnational corporations steer environmental stewardship efforts around the world, a new paper suggests.

seeds Seize some seeds from the garden for planting next year

Saving vegetable and herb seeds is a rewarding project that will save you money next spring.

OSU to celebrate veterinary facility expansion with tours, ribbon-cutting

The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University will host a grand opening and ribbon “chewing” ceremony Monday, Sept. 23, to celebrate the expansion of the veterinary teaching and clinical facilities.

Yelda Turkan OSU College of Engineering earns recognition for equity, inclusion, diversity efforts

Scott Ashford, Kearney Dean of Engineering at Oregon State University, has been honored by the Society of Women Engineers for his contributions to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering professions.

How long does a whale feed? New data gives insight into blue and fin whale behavior

Researchers using electronic tags were able to monitor blue and fin whales off the coast of Southern California over multiple weeks, providing new insight into the feeding behaviors of the two largest whale species. The researchers also found evidence of differences in the feeding intensity and habitat use of males and females of both species.

Hoary bat pic by Daniel Neal Hoary bat numbers declining at rate that suggests species in jeopardy in Pacific Northwest

The hoary bat, the species of bat most frequently found dead at wind power facilities, is declining at a rate that threatens its long-term future in the Pacific Northwest, according to a novel and comprehensive research collaboration based at Oregon State University – Cascades.

Oregon State University ranked 33rd in nation, tops in Northwest, for innovation

Oregon State University is ranked 33rd in the nation and first among colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest for innovation, according to rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.

Surface water Tougher arsenic standard shows desired effect: Public’s drinking water is safer

Toughening the federal standard for arsenic in 2001 has led to fewer violations by the public systems that supply more than 80 percent of the United States’ drinking water, research led by Oregon State University shows.

Olive oil Fatty foods necessary for vitamin E absorption, but not right away

A fresh look at how to best determine dietary guidelines for vitamin E has produced a surprising new finding: Though the vitamin is fat soluble, you don’t have to consume fat along with it for the body to absorb it.

Underwater soundscapes reveal differences in marine environments

Storms, boat traffic, animal noises and more contribute to the underwater sound environment in the ocean, even in areas considered protected, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Gift creates deanship, first endowed coach at Oregon State University

Longtime Oregon State University volunteers and supporters Lee and Connie Kearney have made a $6 million gift, jointly creating the university’s fourth endowed deanship and also an endowed OSU head baseball coach position.

Community Doula Program featured at Corvallis Science Pub

For pregnant women, the services of a doula can provide vital support. At the September 9 Corvallis Science Pub, Melissa Cheyney will discuss a program that matches doulas who share cultural attributes with women who are 30 weeks or more along in their pregnancy.

Student Experience Center New insight into motor neuron death mechanisms could be a step toward ALS treatment

Researchers at Oregon State University have made an important advance toward understanding why certain cells in the nervous system are prone to breaking down and dying, which is what happens in patients with ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders.

August - 2019
raised garden bed Create gardens accessible to all

Using universal garden design brings elements together to make a space that's beautiful and accessible to everyone.

Annual research funding surges at Oregon State University

Research funding at Oregon State University rose 15% in the last fiscal year, nearly matching the university’s highest level of research grant activity ever.

New artifacts suggest first people arrived in North America earlier than previously thought

Stone tools and other artifacts unearthed from an archeological dig at the Cooper’s Ferry site in western Idaho suggest that people lived in the area 16,000 years ago, more than a thousand years earlier than scientists previously thought.

Ramesh Sagili, Oregon State University associate professor of apiculture and Extension specialist, examines honeybees in Madras, Oregon. Researchers determine pollen abundance and diversity in five major pollinator-dependent crops

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five major pollinator-dependent crops in Oregon and California.

Plan ahead to avoid parking and commuting challenges on OSU Corvallis campus Aug. 30

Oregon State University employees, students, football fans and the public should plan ahead when visiting the Corvallis campus on Friday, Aug. 30, as a weekday home game could make parking a challenge.

Recent and long dead tanoak trees are seen from the air outside of Brookings, Oregon. Aggressive local efforts were key to limiting spread of sudden oak death disease in Oregon

Limiting sudden oak death’s spread in southern Oregon has proved to be a success.

Public invited to attend information sessions about OSU’s research forests

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is hosting two information sessions for the public regarding OSU’s 10 research forests and the creation of new individual forest management plans to guide the future of those tracts.

Valley Library Oregon State names vice provost for information and technology

Andrea Ballinger, an information technology executive with more than 20 years of experience working in higher education, has been named vice provost for information and technology at Oregon State University.

rat Tips for keeping rats out of home and garden

When neighbors work together to discourage rats, the results are better than going it alone.

Health research funding continues to lag for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders

Clinical research funding continues to lag for the U.S. population of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, even though the nation’s largest biomedical funding agency has pledged to prioritize research on diverse populations, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Juvenile coho salmon Increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large economic benefits

A new study provides evidence that increasing the abundance of a threatened or endangered species can deliver large benefits to the citizens of the Pacific Northwest.

cat Flame retardant may cause hyperthyroidism in cats

Silicone cat tag developed by Oregon State University scientist measures cats' exposure to chemicals.

Fukushima damage Researchers develop improved method for studying tsunami risk to bridges, buildings, roads

Researchers at Oregon State University are paving the way toward greater safety for coastal residents and infrastructure by developing a better means of modeling the destructive force of tsunami waves.

cabbage butterfly Know garden pests before deciding on a path to control

Beneficial insects will often show up to feed on pest insects so don't kill indiscriminately.

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