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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 …

Fish

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 …

Nature

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 …

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 …

Fish

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 …

Amazon Rainforest

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 …

Biodiversity

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 …

Photography

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 …

Nature

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 …

Nature

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 …

Snow on the Hoof: How Deer, Elk and Other Western Wildlife Cope in Harsh Winters

The highway looks more like a track for the luge than a road for my truck. Snow is shoved to both sides and my tires are sliding over an ice-coated …

Nature

Fracking Studies Reveal Need for Standard Reporting Requirements on Spills

Two papers on unconventional oil and gas development highlight the need for states to develop standardized data collection and reporting requirements …

Space Cowboys: A New Generation of Prairie Keepers

How many cows can you graze and maintain a healthy prairie? Where and for how long? These are important questions for ranchers and scientists …

Recovery: Bats with Your Tequila

With the alien fungal disease white-nose syndrome devastating North American bats it’s time for some good news about the order. So consider the U.S. …

Nature

New Science Shows Seagrass Meadows Suppress Pathogens

NatureNet Fellows Science Update<p>It was a rough bout of illness while she and her colleagues were studying corals in Indonesia that first focused …

Dead Zone Redemption

Somewhere in America’s Heartland, nutrients — nitrogen and phosphorus — are flowing into the Mississippi River where they mix with other nutrient …

Torpid Turtles, Tortoises, and Terrapins

Turtle species exhibit a variety of incredible adaptations that allow them to live through cold weather conditions. Winter survival strategies vary …

Biodiversity

How Do We Love Our Public Lands & Scientists? Let Us Count the Ways

You’ve heard of, or maybe even traveled to, our nation’s most popular national parks, from Acadia’s rock beaches to Rocky Mountain’s snow-capped …

National Parks

How Blizzards and Extreme Cold Impact Birds

Birds and other wildlife are well equipped to deal with cold and snow, as I’ve written in a previous blog. But extremely frigid temperatures and …

Nature

Coastal Communities Strike Back Against Erosion

“It hurt my heart to see how [the beach] had been deteriorated,” says Norris Henry of St. Andrew’s Development Organization. “I know in the past …

When Is a Black Bear Actually a Blue Bear?

The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is a poorly named critter, because it’s not always black. In fact, its coat exhibits more color variation …

Elk in the Neighborhood: On Conservation and Lost Hope

The wind whistled through the hills and my face felt numb with cold. Prudence suggested I call it a day.<p>“How about we check out one more spot?” I …

National Parks

Which Sources of Blue Carbon Measure Up to the Mitigation Challenge?

Natural climate mitigation: using nature to help buffer rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. It’s a hot topic amongst conservationists, and …

Climate Change

Five Endangered Species Recoveries You’ve Never Heard Of

Island Night Lizard<p>Two words are most commonly used to describe the island night lizard: remarkably sedentary.<p>That may be an understatement.<p>The small …

Biodiversity

Outtakes: Exploring America’s Most Dammed Waterways

Sally Harold has one eye on the river and one on the cars whizzing by as we stand on a road near the freeway. A river restoration specialist for The …