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What Northern Bird Species Will Show Up at Your Feeder This Year?

Every winter, birders wonder: <i>will this be one of those years?</i><p>One of those years when snowy owls dot the windswept landscape and our woods are filled …

Nature

Can Grasslands, The Ecosystem Underdog, Play an Underground Role in Climate Solutions?

Never underestimate the underdog — in sports or in ecosystems. My favorite baseball teams, the Royals and the Cubs, reminded us of this over the last …

Climate Change

A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist: Western Australia Edition

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should use caution viewing this post, as it may contain mentions of deceased persons.<p>Field notes from …

The Nature Conservancy

Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

Engaging in markets is not new for The Nature Conservancy. But with our roots as a land trust, we thought about markets in a very specific way. We …

Biological Species

Marketing Oysters in the Delaware Bay: Top 5 Insights

Oysters provide important environmental benefits to people by filtering and improving the quality of water in the bay. But are consumers willing to …

Oysters

Beyond the Source: The Benefits of Protecting Source Water

Cities around the world are beginning to understand what New York City realized years ago when it invested more than $1B to conserve watersheds in …

Environment

Living Light

For two weeks each year at the beginning of summer, fireflies light up a portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They glow in unison or in …

Nature

Wide Horizons: A Journey Across Martu Country

There are few dark places left. When you look at a map of the dark side of the world, tendrils of light stretch like spiderwebs between glowing …

The Nature Conservancy

Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

<i>Behavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for</i> …

Psychology

A New Life for Bighorn Sheep in the Land of Laughing Waters

The gates opened, cameras clicked and 11 desert bighorn sheep jumped to freedom. Within seconds, they had vanished into the rocky, saguaro-studded …

Outdoors

A Birding List for the New Year

In 2016, birders celebrated the centennial of the signing of the United States’ Migratory Bird Treaty. In 1918, the resulting legislation became one …

Birds

A Field Guide To Tracking in Your Neighborhood

Red Fox<p>The red fox’s tracks are distinctive: little round pads that are “single file” – the tracks lined up neatly behind one another. To me, they …

Nature

Camera Trapping in the Australian Desert

When trying to drink out of a tiny waterhole, camels hit approximately a 9.5 on a scale from 1 to Exceptionally Awkward. And now thanks to camera …

Camera Traps

The Best of Cool Green Science 2016: Birds and Birding Edition

By Justine E. Hausheer<p>As a new birder who lives in Maryland, I thought the only winter birds I had to look forward to were ducks. (Not that there’s …

Nature

The Best of Cool Green Science 2016

You’re driving to work on a warm September day and catch a familiar whiff. It’s not just you: you really are smelling more skunks this week. Here’s …

Nature

The Best of Cool Green Science 2016: From the Field Edition

When a satellite-tagged turtle goes missing, Conservancy scientists and staff race to find out if poachers have snuck into the Arnavons protected …

Life Sciences

Cool Green Science: The Best of 2016

Conservancy scientists are working to understand how climate change will impact global biodiversity. Many animals will migrate to find suitable …

Biological Species

Camera Trap Captures Images of Texas Ocelot Kittens

Great news for ocelots: This year, several females with kittens were documented in South Texas using remote cameras.<p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife …

Wildlife

The Surprising Importance of Freshwater Fisheries to Global Food Security

If you’re thinking about how fisheries feed people around the globe, chances are you start picturing oceans. The images of saltwater commercial …

Aquaculture

Recovery: Gila Topminnow, A Desert Native Gets a Second Chance

There’s a certain breed of manager for whom the sight of something like a two-inch minnow can induce joyous expletives we can’t print. Happily for …

Health

Outtakes: Meeting Locals in the Seychelles

In May 2016 photographer Jason Houston traveled to the Indian Ocean to capture the culture of conservation and the natural resources of Seychelles …

Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione on Archaeology, Conservation and Beer

I’m a long-time craft beer enthusiast, but I’ve always avoided the scene that sniffs a brew and pronounces that it smells like “horse blanket” …

Archaeology

Reclaiming Country: Combining Traditional Knowledge & Science to Care for Desert Waterholes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should use caution viewing this post, as it may contain mentions of deceased persons.<p>History is …

Holiday Tips: Don’t Spread Forest Pests With Your Christmas Tree

Go Local<p>The farther you transport a tree, the more likely you could be introducing a brand-new pest to your neighborhood. If you decide to go tree …

Christmas

Can We Turn Waste Heat into Electricity?

Q: Our lives are surrounded by machines that produce waste heat. How big a problem is that?<p><b>A:</b><p>It’s a huge problem. According to research done by the …

The Power of a Healthy Watershed for Energy Security in Gabon

<i>Notes from the field: Mb</i><i>é river watershed, Estuaire province, Gabon</i><p>Gabon is a country embarking on a major transformation to convert its economy from …

Give Kids the Gift of Birding

The annual Christmas Bird Count is one of birding’s most cherished traditions. This year, consider introducing the count to a child. There’s no …

Animals

Measuring the Impact of Feral Camels in Australia’s Martu Desert

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should use caution viewing this post, as it may contain mentions of deceased persons.<p>Spinifex and sand. …

The Nature Conservancy

Deer Advisor: Help for Communities Grappling with Abundant Deer Populations

Q: Why are more deer showing up in cities, suburbs and exurbs these days?<p><b>A:</b><p>Deer are adaptable animals that will seek food and refuge wherever …