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Like to Eat? Then You Should Care About Biodiversity

Farming and ranching can be converted from a global environmental problem into the leading edge of an effort to avert looming biological disaster – …


Saving Myanmar’s Timber Elephants

Logging elephants are an incredible part of Myanmar’s history — but they’re also key to help reduce the negative impacts that logging can have on the …


How Did Birds Get So Colorful?

Beautiful bird feathers bring bird watchers flocking together. From brightly colored birds like the painted bunting to a bird-of-paradise that with a …


Poison Ivy: Busting 6 Myths to Avoid the Itch

Myth #1: Poison ivy and its cousins, poison oak and poison sumac, are the only poison plants in the United States that cause an itchy rash.<p>Poison ivy …

Yellowstone National Park

Illegal Logging & Energy Shortages Pressure Myanmar’s Forests

It’s taken us 10 days to find this place. We left at sunrise, hiking through Myanmar’s Bago Yoma mountains in search of pristine teak forest. After 8 …


The Ultimate Guide to Yellowstone Wildlife Viewing

Everything you need to see great wildlife responsibly in Yellowstone National Park.

National Parks

How Can We Protect Endemic Species in the Face of Urban Growth?

There will be almost 2 billion additional urban dwellers by 2030. In the face of this massive urban growth, how can we protect plants and animals …


Could Red Wiggler Worms Eliminate Stinky Campground Toilets?

The least fun part of summer camping? Smelly toilets. But a scent-free future may lie with a humble worm.


In Pictures: A Journey Through Myanmar’s Great Teak Forests

A week spent living and working in an active logging camp deep in some of Myanmar’s best remaining teak forests where people are working to save …


A Q&A with Eddie Game: How Acoustics Are Changing Conservation

Conservancy scientist Eddie Game explains how acoustics could revolutionize conservation data collection.


Who’s Smiling on Canid Camera?

Three photos. Three questions. That’s all there is to it. Your identifications help give conservationists the information they need to restore young …


Deciding the Fate of Myanmar’s Forests

After decades of overharvesting, Myanmar’s forests teak are at a crisis point. But with recent political change comes great opportunity.


Intense Human Pressure Threatens One-third of Protected Areas

Protected areas are the most common tool used by conservationists to protect biodiversity. But what if they don’t actually work?


Could Prairie Chickens Come Booming Back?

Prairie chickens were once so abundant in the Great Plains that they were hunted for the market and shipped by the trainload to New York City. Could …


Thanks Dad! Five Surprising Ways Wildlife Fathers Play Outsized Roles

Five stories of unusual wildlife “dads” in honor of Father’s Day.

Recovery: New Life in Coal Country

Acid mine drainage devastates streams, but there are surprising efforts underway in Coal Country.

Coral Reef Edition

To all the benefits of coral reefs, add one more: flood reduction. Without coral reefs, annual global damages from flooding would double.

Cool Green Summer Book Picks

Three great reads on invasive toads, local wildlife and Gombe.

Seven Awards for Cool Green Science

Cool Green Science reporters recently won seven awards from the Outdoor Writer's Association of America.

The Path Less Instagrammed

Social media sites are exponentially increasing the number of people at some of the world’s most famous outdoor places. But it doesn’t have to be …

Solving (Part of) the Urban Forest Paradox

Power to the Trees: New research from TNC and NASA shows targeted urban reforestation efforts can provide meaningful public health benefits in terms …

Tracking the Three-Legged Snow Leopard

Nature Conservancy scientists are collaring snow leopards in western Mongolia to help limit livestock predation and protect these rare cats.

What’s This? Make Searching Rainforest Flowers Easier

Wouldn't it be easier if people could search for plants starting with the things they know, like flower color and similar visual traits? Rainforest …

Curlews for Conservation: Tracking a Migratory Grassland Bird

Long-billed curlews are kings of camouflage, but tracking them reveals their nesting and migratory habits.

Giving Back to the Ocean: Citizen Science for Clean Water

Poor water quality in Hawaii's oceans degrades corals, threatening the fish and other creatures (including people) that rely on them. A dedicated …

Poachers Are Killing Asian Elephants for Their Skin

Already besieged by habitat loss, Myanmar’s wild elephants face a new threat — poachers who hunt them for their skin.

Bird Advisor: One Intrepid Birder Reviews Historic Sites

Hugh Possingham is bird obsessed, while his wife Karen loves world history. Read on for their reviews of seven world heritage sites... which may or …

A Bird Blitz for Nature Conservancy Lands and Waters

The second Conservancy-wide Bird Blitz launches, counting birds on Conservancy-protected lands and waters.

Recovery: Transition of the Zoo from Jail to Ark

Some still deride zoos as “prisons” – but in reality they have become an important force for conservation.