13 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

13 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

Photo © Tiomax80 / Flickr CGS writer Justine Hausheer is an avid photographer and nature-lover, and social media helps her engage with those passions in her daily life.

Putting Communities At the Center of Freshwater Conservation

Putting Communities At the Center of Freshwater Conservation

It was clear from our visit to the Tapajós communities that they must be at the center of any conservation program, as the river and the resources in it are intimately linked to their identity, economic well-being, and deep social and cultural values.

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

Agriculture Can be a Solution for Deforestation in Chiapas, Mexico

© Manuel Morales Roman Like many of the places where The Nature Conservancy works, Chiapas, Mexico, is a biodiversity hotspot under threat: as the fertility of existing agricultural lands decreases, the agricultural sector expands into bordering forests.

Cool Green Summer Book Review

Cool Green Summer Book Review

And if you’re looking for more, Cool Green Science has abundant reviews on a variety of topics, from nature in literary fiction and mystery novels, books for birders and for anglers and traveling naturalists , reviews of field guides and nature references , and much more.

Expanding the Successful Sustainable Rivers Program

Expanding the Successful Sustainable Rivers Program

“Even though this area is wild and undeveloped, we were seeing pro-longed growing season floods that hurt the floodplain vegetation, eroded river banks, and caused low dissolved oxygen levels that resulted in fish kills,” says Julie DeMeester, water program director for The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina .

Bahamian Queen Conch: Fishers & Scientists Share Knowledge for a Sustainable Fishery

Bahamian Queen Conch: Fishers & Scientists Share Knowledge for a Sustainable Fishery

Shell Lip Thickness Is the Most Reliable Proxy to Sexual Maturity in Queen Conch (Lobatus gigas) of Port Honduras Marine Reserve, Belize; Informing Management to Reduce the Risk of Growth Overfishing.

Environmentalists Cannot Remain Silent on Racism

Environmentalists Cannot Remain Silent on Racism

As the organization strives to create a more inclusive culture, we are committed to ensuring that our voices are authentically elevated in the strategic discussions that will drive effective and sustainable change.”.

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

Seeds of Change: Ensuring the Future for Healthy Prairies

Seeds of Change: Ensuring the Future for Healthy Prairies

In Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, The Nature Conservancy is taking action to adopt a new approach to prairie restoration to help native plants respond to changing conditions.

The Big Cats of Tiger King Will Live and Die in a Cage

The Big Cats of Tiger King Will Live and Die in a Cage

These are, after all, truly busted people like Joe Exotic, who in the series wears leather fringe unironically and breeds tigers under deplorable conditions at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, where visitors can hold baby tigers for a fee (of course) and take selfies (also of course).

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Bald Eagles and the Unfortunate Power of Forgetting

Photo © David Hua /TNC Photo Contest 2019 Despite being named the national bird early in United States history, bald eagles were widely reviled and persecuted.I reply to questions about hope with a look at conservation history, with stories like the recovery of the bald eagle.

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

New Research Shows Healthy Agriculture Means Healthier Birds

Latimer / TNC A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology finds that birds were generally less stressed and in better condition on more locally-diverse farms and on farms embedded in more natural landscapes .

Is Our Love of Pets a Conservation Crisis?

Is Our Love of Pets a Conservation Crisis?

Christie documents a startling array of issues associated with pets: free-roaming dogs and cats killing wildlife, the pet trade depleting wild bird and reptile populations, pet food depleting wild fisheries and increasing meat production and much more.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Photo © Eric Aldrich Camera trapping has become a common research and monitoring tool used at many Nature Conservancy projects and preserves.Photo © Eric Aldrich His camera trapping in New Hampshire has assisted several citizen science initiatives and inspires many online with the photos and video clips he’s captured.

50 Fish, 50 States: Razorback Sucker Nursery

50 Fish, 50 States: Razorback Sucker Nursery

“The razorback sucker has been in the Colorado River for millions of years, but recently the river has changed significantly,” says Zach Ahrens, native aquatics biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Photo © Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre The first time Wong Siew Te saw the bear, his hairs stood on end and he shivered.Photo © Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre They eat fruit then distribute seeds from trees into far flung parts of the forest through their digestive system.

Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

Recovery: A Plague of Bullfrogs

In the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area Hall and partners, including the Arizona Fish and Game Department, Bureau of Land Management, Cienega Watershed Partnership and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have built a robust Chiricahua leopard frog “metapopulation” — i.e., a group of populations separated by space.

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

“The Nature Conservancy needed a conservation solution that could tackle bycatch challenges while still providing economic opportunities for sustainable fishing in coastal fishing communities,” said Dr. Alexis Jackson, Fishery Project Director with TNC’s California Oceans Program.

Floodplains: Protecting & Restoring an Overlooked Ecosystem

Floodplains: Protecting & Restoring an Overlooked Ecosystem

A new tool developed by The Nature Conservancy provides answers, using a research-based approach to help agencies, communities and other stakeholders obtain the information they need to prioritize floodplain protection and restoration.

Recovery: Saving Mark Twain’s Famous Frog

Recovery: Saving Mark Twain’s Famous Frog

Likely causes include an alien amphibian disease called chytrid fungus, development, urban runoff, water loss from diversions, drought and fire from climate change, past predation by humans and current predation by non-native fauna.

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Review: What Fishing Books Can Be

Fishing writer Chris Hunt takes one of the most well-known fishing destinations in the world, and covers it with new insights and approaches.Instead, he describes how he prepares for a new fishing situation, how he reads habitat, how he focuses during long days on the water.

Bird Country: Saving the Riverina’s Last Wild Wetlands

Bird Country: Saving the Riverina’s Last Wild Wetlands

This swamp and the adjoining lands contain some of the last large wetlands in drought-prone New South Wales, making it a critical lifeline for water birds, like straw-necked ibis, yellow-billed spoonbill, and Australian pelicans.

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

Remote Sensing Data Advances Soil Health Science

The Operational Tillage Information System (OpTIS), developed by scientists and engineers at Dagan, uses publicly-available, remote sensing data from Landsat and Sentinel 2 satellites to monitor trends in the adoption rate of soil health practices—no-till, conservation tillage and cover crops—each year.

Recovery: The Seal and Shark Invasion

Recovery: The Seal and Shark Invasion

Photo © Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Fish and wildlife recovery can be unpopular, especially when it inconveniences the public.Great white shark predation on seal off Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge at the elbow of Cape Cod. Photo © Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Is the recolonization of gray seals helping with white shark recovery?

Exploring and Protecting the Arkansas Bayou

Exploring and Protecting the Arkansas Bayou

In 2009, Bayou DeView became the focus of the conservation and birding communities when the supposedly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker was purportedly spotted there.“Flatwater paddling through the delta is another unique reason we support this place,” says Porter, “We built the camping platforms a new way.

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

The Living Benefits of East Coast Dam Removal

In fact, one of the leading reasons for removing obsolete dams is to improve community safety and the cultural benefits that come with restoring a river.Identifying and prioritizing removal of obsolete dams offers many benefits, including improving water quality and wildlife habitat, enhancing recreational opportunities, recharging aquifers and improving human safety.

Think Drones are Bad for Wildlife? These Videos May Change Your Mind

Think Drones are Bad for Wildlife? These Videos May Change Your Mind

Lozada, technology manager for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado , knows that many people that increasing drone use will only harass and terrify wild animals.Gustavo Lozada “Many people just want exciting video footage, and don’t think about how it may be affecting animals,” he says.

Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

I’m in an airboat gliding across the glassy surface of The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve , a restored floodplain wetland located along the Illinois River.

50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

50 Fish, 50 States: Trout at 11,000 Feet

The quest rewarded: Greenback cutthroat trout at 11,000 feet © Matt Miller I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a means to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world.

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Recovery: Restoring the Floodplain Forest

An American Elm. Photo © Diane Cook and Len Jenshel / TNC A hot August sun punched through rain clouds as my wife Donna and I exited our truck at the Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, now part of the Silvio O.