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A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist: Indonesian Borneo Edition

Returning to a tropical rainforest prompts a very specific form of deja vu: The deafening roar of insects. The cloying humidity. The tingle of the …

Nature

Three New Books Showcase Science Storytelling

By Bill Schutt (Algonquin Books)<p>By turns funny and horrifying – but never sensationalistic – <i>Cannibalism</i> is another excellent work of science writing …

Science

7 Science Innovations That Are Changing Conservation

How do you recognize a fish’s face? Serious question.<p>Consider the state of global fisheries. The old business adage, “If it doesn’t get measured, it …

Biodiversity

Science: On Earth Day, Hope for a Better Future

The word “science” means many things to different people. While some see science as nerdy and boring, others are in awe of the discoveries that have …

Ecology

Blue Carbon, Cocoa Agroforestry, & Bioacoustics: Meet the The 2017 Science Impact Project Class

Timothy Boucher (Conservation Geographer, Chief Scientist's Office)<p>Biodiversity and forestry in Myanmar<p>Over the next 10 years, Myanmar will undertake …

Ecology

Rivers, Dams, and Drive-By Truckers

When it comes to hydropower dams, the world is a pretty polarized place. Many non-governmental organizations — environmental groups and those that …

Social Issues

How Do Conservationists Target Dams for Removal?

When most environmentalists think about dams, they think of the big hydropower and irrigation projects: massive amounts of concrete backing up miles …

Ecosystems

7 Cool Facts About Water Striders

How water striders walk on water<p>The first thing you notice about water striders is their rapid skipping across the water surface. Most insects of a …

Rwanda Looks to National Parks as Part of a Peaceful, Hopeful Future

In 1994, Rwanda made global news headlines as a horrific genocide against the Tutsi population unfolded. More than two decades later, the country …

National Parks

Modeling Logging’s Impacts on Biodiversity & Carbon in a Hypothetical Forest

Tropical forests are widely celebrated for their biodiversity and increasingly recognized for their carbon sequestration potential. But what’s less …

Forests

Lek’s Watch Greater Sage Grouse

Join us to watch one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in North America – the greater sage grouse courtship display. Each spring at dawn a strange …

Ecosystems

Where Have All the Steller Sea Lions Gone?

Many nature lovers are familiar with California sea lions, especially if they live along or visit the U.S. West Coast. These animals have become …

Fisheries

Recovery: Prairie Reprise

America has plowed, developed and otherwise destroyed or degraded vast expanses of native prairie. For generations prairies were seen as deficient in …

Prairies

The American Woodcock, And Why We Should Be Cutting More Trees

Throughout their lives and even within a single day, American Woodcock are citizens of many habitats.<p>By day they forage in forest, probing the soft …

Nature

Growing Up Osprey: Wildlife Reality TV Returns to Osprey Cam

What’s it like to grow up as a wild osprey? Get a front-row seat on Osprey Cam to watch stars Josie, Elbert, and their chicks through a critical …

Nature

Is Your Landscaping Killing Wildlife?

You’re watching a deer out your window as it munches on your shrubs. You reach for the camera, but when you look back, the deer takes a few steps and …

Landscaping

Can Ancient Herding Traditions Help Cattle Coexist with Wolves and Sage Grouse?

Natalie and I were not hitting it off. In fact, I had become convinced she was trying to kill me.<p>I’m a non-confrontational person, and I don’t like …

Wildlife

The Skeleton Revealed: Vertebrates As You’ve Never Seen Them Before

“By simply examining the skeleton of today’s vertebrates, one can gather a remarkable amount of information about the species with which we share our …

Nature

The Weird Tale of the Carrion-eating Swamp Wallaby

How can you make a wallaby less cuddly? Give it a dead seabird wing to chew on.<p>Wallabies are various types of medium to large-sized marsupials found …

The Cutest US Mammal You’ve Probably Never Seen

Ring-tailed cat, miners cat, bassarisk, cacomistle; the ringtail (<i>Bassariscus astutus</i>) goes by many names. A ringtail by any name is just as cute.<p>As …

Nature

Recovery: Benefits of Salmon Failure

Of all North America’s Atlantic salmon rivers none compared in size or productivity with the 407-mile-long Connecticut River that drains Vermont, New …

Outtakes: Tagging Turtles in the Arnavons

In a far remote corner of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, the endangered hawksbill sea turtle nests among a group of remote islands known …

Biodiversity

Assessing our Coastal Green Infrastructure Investment Allocation: A Coastal Portfolio Check-up

Coastal gray infrastructure – roads, bridges, buildings, ports, and everything else we build along coastlines – is clearly critical for keeping our …

Climate

Surveying the Amazon Rainforest from the Sky

With Amazon Aerobotany you can view the canopy of the Peruvian Amazon from the perspective of a macaw!<p>From this perspective you’ll contribute to …

Accidents on the Ocean Highway: Improved Safety Program Needed for Marine Turtles

In a previous post, Lotus Vermeer made an analogy of “Roadkill on the Ocean Highway” with turtle mortality in gillnets. She also suggested testing …

Oceans

Outtakes: Class in Session in the Great Bear Rainforest

In July, photographer Jason Houston traveled deep into the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest to capture conservation efforts there …

A Birder’s Bookshelf: Essentials for the Well-read Avian Enthusiast

The first non-field guide book on your shelf should be this one. While it may have “Field Guide” in the title, Kaufman’s book is a guide on how to …

Waxwings Really Have Wax Wings

Cedar Waxwings are a favorite of many birders and backyard naturalists. With their fuzzy-looking crests and sharp color accents, they’re dapper …

Your Water on Drugs

The Clean Water Act focused on water pollution from human sewage outflow, which has now been markedly reduced across the nation. Later we realized …