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How Can the Pronghorn Cross the Fence?

Pronghorn may be the second fastest land mammal on Earth, but a simple fence can stop them in their tracks. Their speed has allowed them to roam the …

The Nature Conservancy

Secret Snails of the Magic Valley

I’m staring at a creature that, to put it mildly, would be easy to overlook. It’s a snail, but I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t been told. It …

Nature

Satellite-Tagged Sharks Provide New Data on Gulf Migrations

Two hundred and five miles. That’s how far an immature tiger shark, nicknamed “The Judge” by scientists, travelled in 16 days since being tagged with …

Oceans

Learning to Fly

Learning to fly even with wings is a challenge.It’s been about seven weeks since hatching and the Nature Conservancy’s Osprey Cam chicks have been …

Birds

The Nomad’s Bookshelf: Essential Reads for the Traveling Naturalist

In the field. On the trail. In the river. Up the mountain. Across the sea.Whether you’re an amateur naturalist or conservation scientist, we all like …

Books

Welcome to the Sea Turtle Rodeo

It takes real skill to catch a sea turtle…. Especially when you have to wrestle it out of the water.Cruising over coral reefs and seagrass meadows in …

Oceans

Recovery: Second Chance for Yankee Cottontails

Stunned but delighted is how Dr. Robert McDowell, Director of Wildlife at the University of Connecticut, sounded when I arrived at his office to …

Wildlife

Poisoning Vultures Will Come Back to Bite Us

The world’s vultures are in crisis. Of 22 species worldwide, 75% are in decline. According to the International Union for the Conservation of …

Wildlife

Outtakes: Riding the Magdalena

Colombian photographer Juan Arredondo grew up fishing his home country’s rivers, but as a kid he knew not to swim the Magdalena. The muddy waters of …

Fishing

Outtakes: Life on the Irrawaddy

In February, photographer Michael Yamashita traveled to Myanmar to document the Irrawaddy River for a story on the world’s great waterways for Nature …

Asia

Turning the Tide on Plastic Litter

I can’t remember the last time I walked along the shore and didn’t see plastic debris. This debris has nasty implications for seabirds, fish, sea …

Oceans

Science + Flickr + Social Media Show the World’s Coral Reefs = $36 Billion to the Travel Industry and Host Nations Every Year

If it’s true that people reveal their true values by how they spend their money, coral reefs are very valuable indeed. In fact, according to a new …

Remember That Catastrophic Natural Gas Leak in California? Yeah, That Could Happen Again

NatureNet Science Update<p>The largest accidental release of greenhouse gases in U.S. history began October 23, 2015 with the blowout of an underground …

Energy

Tips for Seeing Wolves and Bears in Yellowstone

Head North.<p>A visitor sees zero bears, and then pronounces bears “impossible to find.” The fact is that you are extremely unlikely to see a large …

National Parks

Can Common Names Help Avian Subspecies Conservation?

What’s in a name? William Shakespeare’s question is as valid for conservationists today as it was for the crowds gathered in the Globe theater more …

Bioacoustics Reveal How Biodiversity Changes Across Borneo’s Logged Forests

The chainsaw roars to life and the stench of gasoline fills the air. Steel meets hardwood, and dust pulses from the wound like arterial spray, …

It’s Not Easy Being a Hatchling

Josie and Elbert have three hatchlings!<p>The stars of the Nature Conservancy’s Osprey Cam in the Gulf of Mexico, are the parents of a full nest. The …

For Migratory Red Knots, It’s a Small World After All

Recently, a red knot and I crossed paths three times within a single year – in winter, spring and fall.<p>We first met on an island in Maranhão, Brazil, …

Noise Pollution is Pervasive in U.S. Protected Areas

For those of us who love the outdoors, one of nature’s best qualities is one that we can’t see — silence. Or rather, the absence of running engines, …

Logging Threatens Reef Fish Nurseries in the Solomon Islands

Protecting fish populations on coral reefs sounds simple: protect the reef, protect the fish. But unfortunately conservation efforts aren’t that …

What Has the Endangered Species Act Ever Done for Us? More Than You Think.

You might know them best as the pollinator of the blue agave plant, the plant behind your tequila. Lesser long-nosed bats eat nectar. Migrating …

Migration, The Black Box of Neotropical Bird Conservation

Migration is a dangerous undertaking. For conservation efforts to be effective, scientists need to better understand just what threats birds face …

Birds

Camera Traps Chronicle Restoration Success at Davis Bend

Stories about fire and conservation can be enough to make your head spin. At times conservation professionals talk about devastating, catastrophic …

It’s Raining Blood and Feathers: Catching the Spring Raptor Show

A splash of red caught my eye as I strolled across the yard. A wildflower? Not quite. A quick look revealed a very bloody leg, with a furry paw still …

Recovery: Ranching Gone Right

Ridding the West of cattle remains a priority for some organizations and individuals. “Ranching,” the director of one prominent group told <i>High</i> …

You’re Invited to Do Science with The Crowd & The Cloud

<i>“For years you’ve watched science programs on public television, now you’re invited to do science.” – Waleed Abdalati, host of</i> <i>The Crowd & The Cloud</i><i>,</i> …

The Moonlighting Scientist

As a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) descends into the ocean depths, inky blackness slowly consumes all sunlight. Jellyfish and unidentified floating …

Where Logging Reigns, Going Beyond Sharing vs Sparing

I’m perched on a wooden tower 150 feet above the ground, eye-level with a centuries-old dipterocarp tree. Ahead the Indonesian rainforest ripples …

Acorn Woodpecker: The Fascinating Life of the Master Hoarder

The acorn woodpecker displays some of the most interesting and complex feeding and social behavior among birds. A lot of its behavior may even seem …