Cool Green Science

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Understanding the Nomadic Habits of Snowy Owls

Across the United States this winter, many birders and nature enthusiasts have been lucky enough to spot snowy owls. While these irruptions always …

Nature

Global Change and Urban/Agriculture Competition for Water

They call it Day Zero. That’s the day when the City of Cape Town, South Africa, is projected to run out of water. As of right now, Day Zero is …

São Paulo

Australian “Firehawk” Raptors Intentionally Spread Wildfires

Using fire is one of the defining features of modern humans, listed right alongside toolmaking and art in the anthropology textbooks. But it looks …

Birds

The Ultimate Winter Wildlife Guide: Enjoy and Understand Creatures in the Cold

More than 40 percent of U.S. households feed their backyard birds, and in the United Kingdom, the rate is as high as 75 percent. Despite the …

Nature

How Does Extreme Winter Weather Affect Wildlife?

Carolina Wren<p>While visiting my parents and brother in central Pennsylvania over the holidays, I enjoyed watching the antics of the Carolina wrens …

Nature

Outtakes: Science on the Prairie

Not many people make the trek out to Zumwalt Prairie in far eastern Oregon. The buses don’t always run on time and it’s a six-hour drive from …

Nature

The Race North

Most plants respond to warm and cold temperatures. Give them a few warm days in spring and they will begin to grow. Give them a few cool days in …

Climate Change

Fantastic Fecal Phenomena of the Animal World

Where there is life, there is also poop. And that’s where things get interesting. Read on for seven incredible tales of excrement from the natural …

La Jolla

Notes from an Urban Fishing Pier

Want to connect more people to nature? Look to the example of the urban fishing pier.

Fishing

The Bird That Loves Chimneys as Much as Santa

Santa, not known for a slender frame, must miss the days of open masonry chimneys. Modern chimneys are too narrow for him to slide down as was once …

Birds

Five Surprising Ways Your Christmas Tree Can Give Back Long After the Holidays

Growing a New Generation of Christmas Trees for the Future!<p>Just by buying a real Christmas tree, you’re ensuring more trees are grown for future …

Christmas

The Fish Nerd’s Holiday Book List

By Henry Hughes (Skyhorse Publishing)<p>Read many sporting publications, and you get the distinct impression that the fishing “lifestyle” doesn’t …

Fishing

Sympathy for the Shark Finner

The gruesome Facebook photo showed a dead rhino with its horn hacked off, blood splattered on the grass. Unfortunately, images like this frequently …

Oceans

The Secret in the Sand Dunes

Dominick Solazzo likes to say the healthy dunes at Midway Beach and South Seaside Park on the Jersey Shore have a “secret ingredient.” Of course, …

Beaches

Recovery: Why Sea Lampreys Need to be Restored and Killed

Anglers had it straight from the outdoor page of the December 15, 2002 <i>Lawrence</i> (Massachusetts) <i>Eagle-Tribune</i>: “The fish ladders [on the Connecticut …

Nature

Conserving Our National Mammal, One Satellite Herd at a Time | Conservancy Talk

Corissa Busse will never forget her first bison round up.<p>“I had just started with the Conservancy as a program administrator,” she recalls. “I was …

Unlocking the Mysterious Journeys of Migratory Species in the Gulf of Mexico

Ocean conservation has always been a challenge. The ocean is a largely unknown, highly dynamic, and often distant, submerged environment. For these …

Oceans

Four Crazy Ways Cool Creatures Survive Cold Winters

In the middle of winter, when it’s cold and dark and snowing, most people cuddle up on a couch with a thick blanket and mug of something warm.<p>Black …

Nature

The Mountain Lion in the Window

The subject of the message was: <b>OMG! Mountain Lion Kitten in Window Well!!!!</b><p>After checking to make sure it wasn’t some very clever phishing attempt, I …

Wildlife

Wind’s Big Footprint

When you’ve stood in a sea of grass on the Great Plains, as I have, it’s hard to forget the lilting chorus of bird song. All the whistles, trills and</i> …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2017

By Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut (University of Chicago Press)<p>In 1959, biologist Dmitri Belyaev was conducting research in the USSR on fox …

Books

Meet The Magnificently Weird Mola Mola

It’s named after a millstone<p><i>Mola mola</i>… it’s so nice we have to say it twice. But not really. This funky double-moniker is actually the species’s …

Scuba Diving

The Fascinating Fall Behavior of Wild Turkeys

Around the Thanksgiving holiday, a lot of decorations and advertisements feature a similar image of a turkey: It’s often a big male turkey, all …

Nature

Tracing the Wild Origins of the Domestic Turkey

What are the wild origins of our domestic turkey – and who did the domesticating? It’s a remarkable story, and one that doesn’t have anything to do …

Anthropology

A (Happy) Climate Change Science Surprise

Conservancy scientists were not surprised when research showed that changes in the way California manages its natural and agricultural lands could …

Climate

Why Species Matter

Ecologists spend a lot of time talking about productivity and diversity. These terms are used somewhat differently than in daily conversation, so …

Ecology

The Ultimate Guide to the Wild Turkey

As you sit down to your turkey dinner, perhaps you have pondered what a turkey eats. And like that certain uncle at the dinner table, wild turkeys …

Nature

Gar Wars: A Fish Force Awakens

<i>Are we entering a new chapter in the ongoing saga known as the Gar Wars?</i><p>Gar are primitive fish that have thrived for millions of years. They swam …

Fishing

Recovery: The Salvation of Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge

Good news is scarce in Puerto Rico these days. But if you look 13 miles to the west, on a 358-acre island called Desecheo, you’ll find a mother …

Wildlife