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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 …

Biology

Dead Zone Redemption

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

Gulf of Mexico

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 …

Climate Change

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 …

Nature

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 …

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Is That a Turtle Under the Ice?

Where are the turtles and tortoises in cold months?<p>As ectotherms (or cold-blooded animals), turtles’ body temperature and metabolism are determined …

Biodiversity

Evaporation from the Golden State

More than 25 years ago, David Rind of NASA published a paper with compelling logic about the effects of global warming on drought. He noted that most …

Water

Bison, Pioneers of the Prairie, Return to Kankakee Sands

Over the past 20 years The Nature Conservancy in Indiana has been converting 6,700 acres of row-crop agriculture at Kankakee Sands into a diverse …

Bison

Ten More Field Guides and References for the Serious Naturalist

By Sharon Chester (Princeton University Press)<p>When you’re traveling, it seems handy to have a field guide that covers all the wildlife you might see …

Nature

Recovery: Saving the Lake Erie Watersnake, A Lesson in Outreach

In 1999, when the Lake Erie watersnake was listed as federally threatened, fewer than 2,000 adults remained on the planet. Recovery efforts haven’t …

Lake Erie

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 …

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 …

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