How Prescribed Burns Can Help Restore Eastern US Forests

How Prescribed Burns Can Help Restore Eastern US Forests

A growing movement of scientists, land management agencies, conservation organizations, and Indigenous groups is working to return fire to marshes like this one and to fire-adapted forests and grasslands throughout the United States.

Protecting and Restoring the Floodplain Forest

Protecting and Restoring the Floodplain Forest

© Chuck Peoples / TNC In 1989, the Conservancy purchased 10,626 acres along the river that became the Roanoke National Wildlife Refuge.Since 2002, the Conservancy has worked with the Corps of Engineers on dam releases that mimic natural flows, providing pulses of water to the floodplain forest that provide for vegetation and fish migration and spawning.

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program

Certification gives participating nutrient service providers “a competitive advantage,” says Peyton Harper, senior manager of stewardship and sustainability at The Fertilizer Institute, because “growers are very interested in working with retailers that can recommend all kinds of practices,” including 4R practices that minimize nutrient runoff while also maintaining agricultural productivity.

Passing FAD: Partnership Protects the Reef at Palmyra Atoll

Passing FAD: Partnership Protects the Reef at Palmyra Atoll

That is thanks to an innovative partnership called FAD Watch Program between conservation and industry, specifically the US tuna fishing fleet, that is remotely tracking FADs to protect Palmyra, and provide important oceanographic data as well.

Giant Redfin: Conserving South Africa’s Native Fish

Giant Redfin: Conserving South Africa’s Native Fish

Giant Redfin: Conserving South Africa’s Native Fish.Giant redfin and other freshwater species in the Cape Region face significant challenges.And the litany of challenges they face will be familiar to freshwater conservationists everywhere: invasive species, pollution, water quantity and habitat degradation.

Wildfire Resilience Treatments Work

Wildfire Resilience Treatments Work

That’s why the Conservancy and partners are working together on the Rio Grande Water Fund that generates funding for a 20-year program to restore 600,000 acres of forests in northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado.

Gender-Based Violence Is a Conservation Issue: How to Respond?

Gender-Based Violence Is a Conservation Issue: How to Respond?

However, thanks to efforts from International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and USAID’s AGENT collaboration and increased information sharing across our field, we have better access to research, tools, and resources to mitigate and respond GBV in our conservation programs.

What’s Left, Not Lost: A Story of Recovery and the Evolution of a New Shiny App

What’s Left, Not Lost: A Story of Recovery and the Evolution of a New Shiny App

What’s Left, Not Lost: A Story of Recovery and the Evolution of a New Shiny App. Sunset over TNC's Ordway Prairie Preserve in South Dakota © Cara Byington/TNC On June 29, 2019 at 8:02 pm, I received a call from Mat’s mom.

Conservation-Friendly Farming Can Benefit Both Birds and Crops

Conservation-Friendly Farming Can Benefit Both Birds and Crops

However, there will likely need to be greater community-wide uptake by farmers to really maximize the benefits of birds to farming while minimizing issues from birds.

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Now, a new study demonstrates that fire management on Africa’s savannas can generate enough carbon revenue to fill the funding gap for many protected areas, as well as help restore the rangelands health and meet international climate commitments.

Edward O. Wilson, Science Communicator

Edward O. Wilson, Science Communicator

But let’s be clear: as a science communicator, Wilson was none of this.Wilson hadn’t just communicated science.Perhaps just as important, while Wilson was a scientist through and through, he always very clearly articulated his values .

The Biodiversity Crisis Needs Its Net Zero Moment

The Biodiversity Crisis Needs Its Net Zero Moment

These targets will be debated and finalized at a second meeting due to take place in Kunming, China, in April 2022.The last time the parties of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity got together to set a global biodiversity agenda was in Japan in 2010, where they came up with the Aichi targets, a set of 20 goals aimed at reducing a range of environmental harms including habitat loss, overfishing, and pollution over the subsequent decade.

When Wildfire Comes to Nature Conservancy Preserves

When Wildfire Comes to Nature Conservancy Preserves

© Blane Heumann/TNC Prescribed burning and other methods of fuel reduction are part of the management plans for many preserves, and these can in some cases help lessen the severity of ecological impacts.

Why Do We Hate Trash Birds?

Why Do We Hate Trash Birds?

For an American whose template of “city” birds included pigeons and house sparrows, seeing an ibis strut beneath skyscrapers and menace city workers for a french fry is about as Australian as it gets.And it’s why endangered species captivate our attention, while the ubiquitous pigeon is a trash bird.

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

10 Writing Awards for Cool Green Science

We hope that you enjoy this selection of the winning entries, with stories on everything from cassowary excrement to native trout conservation, from mothing as a hobby to essays on our childhood love of campground critters and The Crocodile Hunter.

Fabulous Fiordland showcased in new e-Guide

Fabulous Fiordland showcased in new e-Guide

Gradients in light, current, and wave exposure occur along the narrow fiords to create a diverse environment, supporting abundant animal and algal communities in different zones along the fiords.

Moose in the Morning: 20 Years of Silver Creek

Moose in the Morning: 20 Years of Silver Creek

It’s a mid-August morning, and I’m at The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in southcentral Idaho, one of my favorite places.It’s trout and moose and mayflies and running water.

An Introduction to Bird Banding

An Introduction to Bird Banding

© Murry Burgess The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, or MAPS program is a collaborative effort between banders of diverse organizational backgrounds to monitor breeding bird populations through systematic data collection at relatively long-term banding sites across the continent.

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

Have You Seen A Weasel Lately?

“The authors of this paper are active field biologists, and we noticed that we just don’t see weasels in our data after field work,” says coauthor Roland Kays, research professor of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State and head of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Biodiversity Lab.

FAO - News Article: FAO at forefront of global efforts to build partnership between agri-food systems and conservation

FAO - News Article: FAO at forefront of global efforts to build partnership between agri-food systems and conservation

That was the key message of FAO Director-General QU Dongyu in his address to a High-level dialogue at the World Conservation Congress, currently underway in the French city of Marseille.According to FAO's Director-General, green and climate resilient agri-food systems can offer key solutions to the biodiversity and environmental crises.

Linking Birds, Farmer Attitudes and Conservation

Linking Birds, Farmer Attitudes and Conservation

“Ornithologists and conservationists assume birds provide ecological services, and that farmers want them on their farms,” says Olivia Smith, lead author of the paper.

50 Fish, 50 States: Whitefish & the End of the World as We Know It

50 Fish, 50 States: Whitefish & the End of the World as We Know It

© Jacob Karst 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.

Challenging Conservation Not to Leave Women Behind

Challenging Conservation Not to Leave Women Behind

There is a persistent perception that men should be the decision-makers and leaders in most contexts, both within conservation/natural resource management organizations and in the communities where they work.

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

NIWA seabird ecologist Dr David Thompson says while seabird tracking research has not been carried out for all albatrosses and large petrels in New Zealand, we know that several species also spend time in Chile and Peru, in Japan and the USA in the north Pacific Ocean, while others visit Namibia and South Africa.

Four Steps for the Earth: Mainstreaming the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Four Steps for the Earth: Mainstreaming the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Restoring nature while meeting human needs requires a bold vision, including mainstreaming biodiversity conservation in society.New research presents a Mitigation Hierarchy for mitigating and compensating the biodiversity impacts of developments (1, avoid; 2, minimize; 3, restore; and 4, offset, toward a target such as “no net loss” of biodiversity) within a broader framing encompassing all conservation actions.

Giving Wildlife Room to Roam in the Face of Climate Change

Giving Wildlife Room to Roam in the Face of Climate Change

A decade-long effort by 150 scientists has mapped microhabitats like this across the United States, using such data to identify the most resilient landscapes in the face of climate change.

Helping Birds Adapt to Climate Change in the Nevada Desert

Helping Birds Adapt to Climate Change in the Nevada Desert

AmeriCorp stewardship assistant Brittney Cade (front) leads a team of volunteers in planting trees along the Amargosa River.Planting 100,000 trees – and helping birds adapt to climate change – is just the latest chapter in the rich conservation history of the Amargosa.

Can Freshwater Reserves Protect Tropical Fish Diversity?

Can Freshwater Reserves Protect Tropical Fish Diversity?

A recent article published in the journal Nature shows the potential for freshwater reserves by looking at a network of grassroots protected areas established in the Salween River basin of Thailand.

Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?

Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?

To combat the lack of genetic diversity in the corpse flower and six other species with shallow gene pools, the Chicago Botanic Garden spearheaded the Tools and Resources for Endangered and Exceptional Plant Species (TREES) program in 2019.

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Remembering Dr. Robert Jenkins, The Nature Conservancy’s First Science Director

Our History A New Kind of Conservation Jenkins developed and continually refined a data driven approach to prioritize and protect the rarest locations of plants and animals and the best examples of natural communities.