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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 …

Climate

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 …

Birds

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, …

Ecology

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 …

Birds

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, …

Birds

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, …

Ecology

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 …

Oceans

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 …

Nature

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 …

Birds

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> …

Conservation

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> …

Nature

The Moonlighting Scientist

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

Oceans

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 …

Ecology

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 …

Birds

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …