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Fish Tales: Sourcing Recreational Fisheries Data from Newspaper Records

Fishermen tell tall tales — or so the saying goes. But sometimes, those hook-and-line exploits can become a valuable source of scientific data.<p>In …

The Nature Conservancy

Eclipse Resources for Curious Naturalists (& the Naturally Curious)

Several Conservancy preserves fall in the path of totality during the eclipse. If you want to combine your eclipse-viewing with healthy natural …


Nervous Hippos, Sad Ducks & Bewildered Ground Squirrels

How do animals react to solar eclipses?<p>It seemed like such a simple question when I started, but trying to answer it led me – to my great delight – …


The Quest to Restore American Elms: Nearing the Finish Line

The quest to restore the American elm has been underway for more than 50 years. Now success is closer than ever.

Western Massachusetts

Camping for the Eclipse? Your Firewood Choice Can Protect a Forest.

Your firewood choices during this solar eclipse celebration can prevent the spread of forest insects and diseases.


Kids, Drones & Science at the Water’s Edge in Grenada

The future of Grenada is in good hands because kids like this — who can plant mangroves and test water quality without even wrinkling their clothes — …


Can Conservation Provide Water for Cape Town in a Time of Drought?

Consider these seemingly disconnected challenges facing Cape Town, South Africa:<p><i>The city grows at a rate of 2.6 percent per year while its water</i> …


New Protections & Tagged Turtles Provide Hope for the Arnavon Islands

A second round of satellite-tagged turtles provides more migration data, while the Arnavons rookery receives new protections to help prosecute …


Need a Moment of Conservation Zen? We’ve Got Orca Sounds.

Best Job Ever? Phil Green shares the sounds from a summer morning on Yellow Island: orcas, white-crowned sparrows, orange-crowned warblers and more. …

Pacific Northwest

Solar Eclipse Expedition 2017

Where will you be on August 21, 2017 when the solar eclipse passes through North America?


The Underwater Secrets of Horseshoe Crabs

It’s well known that shorebirds rely on horseshoe crab eggs. But these eggs may be just as important to underwater creatures.

Biological Species

Forest Soundscapes Hold the Key for Biodiversity Monitoring

Morning in Musiamunat village. Across the river and up a steep mountainside, birds-of-paradise call raucously through the rainforest canopy, adding …


Recovery: Bringing Back Bumble Bees

Bees are in big trouble. The good news is that virtually all ecologically literate North Americans will tell you that. The bad news is they’re …


How Could Land Tenure Security Affect Conservation?

Research recently published in Conservation Letters, proposes a new conceptual framework for land tenure security that the conservation community can …


Adventures in Self-Experimentation: Matrix Pills & Plowing Tropical Fields

Sometimes, science requires that you get dirty. And hot. Really hot. As graduate students, we never imagined that climate change research would lead …

Climate Change

The Burning of Punjab

<b>Can India’s Farmers Deliver Clean Air Along with Good Food?</b><p>I often wonder how hard it must be for Delhi’s residents to live with pollution and smog …


How to Feed the World Without Killing the Planet?

As it is practiced today, agriculture is one of the biggest environmental offenders – yet it is necessary for our survival. Agriculture contributes …


Traditional Knowledge Helps Monitor Threatened Bilbies on Martu Country

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should use caution viewing this post, as it may contain mentions of deceased persons. The light bounces …


The Greatest Wolverine Video, Ever

If there’s one animal that is the symbol of wilderness, of all that is fierce and untamed, it’s the wolverine. It’s tough. It wanders huge distances …

Creative Commons

The (Fishery-Monitoring) Cameras Never Blink

New Fish Tech to Help Manage Fisheries for Sustainability Gets a Greenlight<p>These days, most headlines about the world’s fisheries are heavy on a …

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …

Papua New Guinea

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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …