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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo © TNC As a Nature Conservancy forester in Pennsylvania , Mike Eckley spends a lot of time assessing the health of woodlands.Beginning in 2008, Eckley set out trail cameras to monitor white-tailed deer, including their health and buck to doe ratios.
Photo © Greg Kramos Thirteen years ago, researchers banded an upland sandpiper on the Konza Prairie Biological Station , a field research station in the Flint Hills of Kansas .
Photo © Kevin Grunewald/TNC Camera traps reveal mountain lions walking down popular trails and on the canyon rim.Photo © Kevin Grunewald/TNC Bears are quite curious about camera traps, though, and can be very hard on them.
In order to conserve the full species diversity and resilience of our ecosystems, we need our native bees.We just need to be careful that saving honey bees aren’t the primary focus of conservation efforts or communications.
Understanding basic patterns in the biogeography of an urban area is the focus of a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
Hausheer / TNC For women in the Solomon Islands, like Alice Hou, decisions about how to use natural resources can change lives — for better or worse.
Clearly, planners’ toolboxes need expanding so decisions normally made solely on the basis of housing, jobs, and transportation might now be informed by a more complete picture of the impacts of different patterns of growth on communities as a whole, including their more natural areas.
Photo © Kevin Arnold / TNC Our three-part Indonesia Guide: Coastal Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods through Seaweed Aquaculture in Indonesia provides information and recommendations for how seaweed buyers can increase the sustainability of their supply chains, conservation organizations can work within seaweed aquaculture for environmental and social gains, and farmers can improve their environmental and production practices.
Artwork © Alberto Rey, The Extinct Birds Project Even in crowded museums, I can usually count on having the bird specimen displays to myself. Rey began pursuing the project in 2015, when he gazed at a drawer of extinct birds at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History.
A Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) © Island Conservation Human introductions of pigs, goats, burros, black rats, Norway rats, house mice and house cats to the Galápagos Islands left the unique biodiversity of this World Heritage site in shambles.
This year, Cool Green Science stories by staff writers Justine Hausheer and Matt Miller won seven EIC awards, matching last year’s total . Hausheer deserves special recognition; her five awards this year — including two first places — plus four last year make her the most recognized blog writer in the organization.
Eighty years later, a Nature Conservancy scientist is creating a 3-D map of the Kokoda Track to help both preserve the site’s military history and protect the surrounding forest’s biodiversity and watershed services.
Largescale sucker © Ben Cantrell I’m on a quest to catch a fish in each of the 50 U.S. states – and to use each adventure as a way to explore conservation, the latest fisheries research and our complicated connections to the natural world. Miller / TNC Pyramid Lake once teemed with monstrous fish, a subspecies known as the Lahontan cutthroat trout.
I’ll review any book that includes chapters with titles like “Translating an Eely Ionian Monsterfest into Top Predator Decimation: More Than Just a Metaphor.” We need new ways of telling fish stories for the 21st century.
Even after a discovery in 2006 showing 400 piping plovers wintering in the Bahamas, researchers likely only know where half the population spends much of its year, says Jeffery.
Theoretically, this genetic diversity would make the bats more resilient to climate change, because a population that’s more adapted to arid conditions can interbreed with a population that’s less so, in essence “gifting” the cold-adapted population the genes necessary to survive a warmer world.
The project seeks to include characteristics like topography and soil type into conservation planning, as scientists expect that representing the full range of variation in these factors in protection plans, and ensuring that important sites are connected by natural land cover, will help landscapes and species adapt to climate change.
Through efforts like the Bridge Collaborative and SNAPP, willing collaborators have critical venues to find one another and cook that magic sauce we need for environmental problem solving.
A new paper shows that managing existing protected areas to a better standard is often a smarter investment of new funds than purchasing additional land. Given limited funding for conservation, countries are often faced with a choice: spend money on creating new protected areas, or allocating that money to better manage existing protected areas.
Within the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund , TNC is experimenting with incentives to get thousands of farmers to adopt farming practices that reduce erosion across Kenya’s Tana River watershed.