How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

For example, South Australia passed koala protection laws in 1912, the same year they went functionally extinct. Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales Eight years later, in 1927, the Queensland government allowed a final one-month open season on koalas.

Meet Romania's Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community

Meet Romania's Very Internet-Savvy Witch Community

Using social media to livestream rituals or to video chat with clients for fortune readings, witch entrepreneurs are better able to grow their business using self-referential devices (clothing, jewelry, idols) to effectively market the storied mysticism of Roma women to searching souls.

Make A Home For Wildlife

Make A Home For Wildlife

Photo © Lauren Peeler Brice This book is focused on the eastern United States and has everything you need to understand different habitats, restoration, what to plant (and what not to plant), and how to attract specific types of wildlife.

The Conservation Story of the Kenya Black Leopard

The Conservation Story of the Kenya Black Leopard

The melanistic leopards were filmed in Lorok, Laikipia County, Kenya on remote cameras that were set up as part of a large-scale study aimed at understanding the population dynamics of leopards in Mpala and Loisaba Conservancies .

Recovery: How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

Recovery: How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

“In 1995 we sold 12,000 acres of the preserve to the BLM; and we’ve been working cooperatively on the whole area, using an integrated approach.” This, she explained, included herbicides, hand pulling where possible, and biological control via introduced insects that coevolved with the weeds (and which, when caged, had passed rigorous “starvation tests” by dying rather than eating related native plants).

Could Nanoparticles Save Thousands From Death By Snake Bite?

Could Nanoparticles Save Thousands From Death By Snake Bite?

An unusual pairing of researchers – a chemist from California and a snake venom expert from Costa Rica – hope to one day create a solution to that short time gap between infection and death, venom and tissue damage: Think EpiPen for snake bites.

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Soundscapes of Arizona’s Aravaipa Canyon

Photo credit: © Justin Bailie / TNC Nightbirds (May 15, 10:30pm) – Before retiring for the night, I take a long walk up Turkey Creek Canyon, enjoying the robust insect chorus and listening for other night sounds.

Mountain Lion at Phantom Canyon Preserve

Mountain Lion at Phantom Canyon Preserve

Photo © TNC For more than 30 years, The Nature Conservancy’s Phantom Canyon Preserve has sought balance between the needs of people and the needs of wildlife. Photo © TNC “The preserve is not open for six months of the year,” says Sally Ross, The Nature Conservancy in Colorado’s Laramie Hills program director.

The Building Blocks of Water, Water Everywhere

The Building Blocks of Water, Water Everywhere

This week, the Hubble Space Telescope found evidence of a newborn star about 1,000 light years from Earth in a nebula called NGC 1333.

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Is That Dagobah? No, Just a Real-Life Magical Forest

Related Stories Now a graphic designer with a sideline in photography, Burnell recently returned to Wistman's Wood to attempt to capture the forest's cinematic quality. In fact, the images were so successful at capturing the forest's cinematic quality that many viewers seem unable to distinguish it from an actual movie, Burnell says.

In Pictures: Saving Papua New Guinea’s Sea Cucumbers

In Pictures: Saving Papua New Guinea’s Sea Cucumbers

In September 2018, I joined Nature Conservancy scientists on journey to Manus, Papua New Guinea , where local communities are banding together to sustainably manage their sea cucumber stocks. About 26 sea cucumber species are harvested in Papua New Guinea, and the two most valuable species are white teat and sandfish.

In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

In Defense of Videogame Selfies (Yes, Really)

Sora, the protagonist, could take selfies to complete various quests in the Disney worlds, and the game's loading screens featured shots of in-game Disney characters in an Instagram-like photo app .

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

Monarchs Are Disappearing in the Western U.S. What’s Happening?

It’s the biggest monarch butterfly breeding site the U.S. Forest Service manages in the Intermountain West. What you plant in your garden and flowerbeds this growing season will help or hinder pollinators, including monarchs. Everyone can help.” A monarch caterpillar eats a leaf on a butterfly milkweed plant.

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

Space Photos of the Week: The Trail of Opportunity and More

The Trail of Opportunity and More Eye Candy From Space The long and Martian road: In August 2010, the Opportunity rover looked back and took a photo of its tracks in the Red Planet’s sand.

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

The 21 scientists, supported by 19 crew, have been focusing on gathering baseline information to monitor the year-old Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA). Voyage leader and NIWA scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll said good weather and a general lack of sea ice enabled science work to continue uninterrupted.

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

The Howling: Why You’re Hearing Coyotes This Month

Coyote researcher Brian Mitchell describes the sounds you’re likely to hear at this time of year: “Group yip-howls are produced by a mated and territorial pair of “alpha” coyotes, with the male howling while the female intersperses her yips, barks, and short howls.

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

The Weird Sex Lives of Orchids

Photo © Eframgoldberg / Wikimedia Commons Male orchid bees have specialized legs that can collect plant scent compounds and then store them in leg sacs.

George’s Long Farewell: Why One Snail’s Death Became International News

George’s Long Farewell: Why One Snail’s Death Became International News

Photo © David Sischo On a relatively warm Hawai‘ian day, the first of the new year, a colorful snail named George drew its last breath, and with it marked the end of an entire species.

Hollywood-Style Photos Show How Wildlife and Humans Collide

Hollywood-Style Photos Show How Wildlife and Humans Collide

This "second-stage" photography alone took two months with the crew working mostly at night, a process Brandt described as "brutal." The resulting photographs were digitally combined with the wildlife shots to create seamless images of animals wandering through a human-made habitat.

Chronic Wasting Disease: What You Need To Know

Chronic Wasting Disease: What You Need To Know

“We injected macaques with extremely high levels of CWD-infected deer and elk brains without any evidence of CWD,” says Race, who cautions that it only takes one mismatch in an amino acid sequence to create a species barrier.

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Finding Lena, the Patron Saint of JPEGs

Every morning, Lena Forsen wakes up beneath a brass-trimmed wooden mantel clock dedicated to “The First Lady of the Internet.” It was presented to her more than two decades ago by the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, in recognition of the pivotal—and altogether unexpected—role she played in shaping the digital world as we know it.

Photo Gallery: Science Lab Or Artist Studio?

Photo Gallery: Science Lab Or Artist Studio?

"Art is a way of thinking." Related Stories Over the course of her 10 years at the Technical University Bürkle has gained a new appreciation for the artistry of scientific research, which, she discovered, is far more unruly than most people realize.

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Private Messages Are the New (Old) Social Network

Morris, for example, sees posting something publicly to a Facebook feed as a yearning for interconnectedness, while a private messaging thread is a quest for what she calls attunement, a way to strengthen a bond between two people.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter Is a Storm-Eat-Storm World

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its HiRISE camera capture the surface of the planet in unprecedented detail, and that includes dunes like the ones seen here. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, stars, and galaxies aren’t even the half of it.

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

These Chickens Lay Designer Eggs for Big Pharma

The series investigates the production of Novogen White, a high-quality, disease-free egg made in extremely controlled environments by a company in France. Szalai's approach here was like that of an investigative journalist, visiting the Hungarian campus about four to five times to document the environment in which the chickens lived.

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

Travel Back in Time With These Vintage Computers

A gloved technician gently placed those light enough to carry against white and black velvet backdrops for Richards to shoot with his Canon 1DS Mark II, using simple overhead fluorescent lighting for illumination.

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

“But we could use aquaculture to replace some of those water filtration benefits, and at the same time grow food.” In places where excess nutrients are a problem, like the Chesapeake Bay, shellfish aquaculture could even help offset the negative environmental impacts of other industries.

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

What We Like When We Like Eggs on Instagram

Eleven days ago, the anonymous Instagram account world_record_egg posted its first image, what appears to be a simple stock photo of . In an era of rampant spam, thirst traps , and stolen memes , the egg became popular by straightforwardly asking for likes and nothing else.

No Binoculars Allowed: Learning to Bird by Ear

No Binoculars Allowed: Learning to Bird by Ear

As the khaki-clad birders start assembling in the parking lot, I joke to Hugh that the only way he’s going to get me to learn to bird by ear is to take away my binoculars.

Why a Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years

Why a Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years

“When I was developing the film, I would imagine the gelatin heating and softening and the developer going in.” These days, he doesn’t even have a dark room—he got rid of it to make room for all the new digital work he’s producing.

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