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The Butcher Bird – Life, Death and Fast Food on the Plains

Changing Planet<p>Loggerhead Shrike on American Prairie Reserve. Photo: Dave Shumway<p><i>Heading into the seventh month of a year-round citizen science program on American Prairie Reserve, I’m able to witness the hidden treasures of the ecosystem in ways I’d never imagined. Thanks to volunteers from around</i> …

5 Sky Events This Week: Planets Pair and Perseids Play

Changing Planet<p>A bright Perseid meteor streaked down over buildings at the Stellafane amateur astronomy convention in Springfield, Vermont, on August 7, 2010. While the moon this year will mask the fainter meteors, sky-watchers this week should still see the brighter ones. Credit: Sky & …

The ABCs of Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Part V—‘Starting smart’

Changing Planet<p>An old adage popularized by Benjamin Franklin says that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Many of us in the marine conservation community believe that would, indeed, be a good way to manage our nation’s ocean fish. But that’s not happening. Too often, fisheries begin …

Elephants’ Last Chance

Changing Planet<p><b>BY JULIE LARSEN MAHER</b><p>My assignment is a mammoth one: Go to Kenya and photograph African elephants – a vulnerable species currently losing ground as 35,000 elephants are killed a year.<p>Entire families of elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory. The global appetite to own …

Pictures: World Elephant Day

Our relationship with elephants—from circus entertainers to loggers to black market bounties—is often complex, if not cruel.

A Mermaid’s World: The Beauty of Snuba

I have no desire to scuba dive or snorkel. That’s always been my policy and preference as a traveler–and one I’ve managed to stick to—until a recent trip to Guánica, Puerto Rico. When the group I was with announced that we were going to <i>snuba</i> on a beautiful Caribbean coral reef I was partially …