50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

50 Birds: Adventures in Backyard Birding

The Intermountain Bird Observatory was keeping tabs on them, and was receiving reports of up to 60 spending the winter here each year.And there’s perhaps no better way to discover those birds than by keeping a yard list.

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Over the years, Cool Green Science has covered many wildlife activities that can be enjoyed in a backyard, a city park or a vacant lot.While scavenger hunts don’t have to involve nature, the challenge of finding plants and animals makes for a more rewarding quest.

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.

Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All

Microsoft’s Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an ‘Error’ After All

In March 2018, Dutch physicist and Microsoft employee Leo Kouwenhoven published headline-grabbing new evidence that he had observed an elusive particle called a Majorana fermion.

Why Pandas Are Rubbing Themselves with Horse Manure

Why Pandas Are Rubbing Themselves with Horse Manure

Horse manure has natural compounds that may help pandas feel warm, according to new research in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Giant pandas held in the nature reserve had been seen for years rolling in and rubbing horse manure across their bodies.

6 More Nature Documentaries to Stream Tonight

6 More Nature Documentaries to Stream Tonight

Last year, we rounded up the best nature documentaries for you to binge-watch during lockdown .Hindus, Muslims, Catholics, and followers of indigenous religions all worship differently, but they’re united in their desire to protect the natural world.

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In Colombia, Saving the Rivers that Remain

In the Magdalena basin itself, some of its tributaries could transport us to those forested landscapes crossed by a river of crystal-clear water, such as the Samaná Norte River, or the Otún River, to name the closest ones, which also have unique ecological value.

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

The Cool Green Holiday Book Review 2020

This book tells stories of restoration at all scales, “from a small plot between sidewalk and curb to areas large enough to be labeled on a world map.” She spends time with people who, faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, look to nature for solutions.

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes

“It was geometry with an exact prediction that was borne out in the natural world, with essentially no physics involved,” said Jerolmack, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

As currently implemented, offsetting typically requires an outcome of ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity, but that’s only relative to a baseline trajectory of general biodiversity decline.

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?

When Susan Cook-Patton was doing a postdoc in forest restoration at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland seven years ago, she says, she helped plant 20,000 trees along Chesapeake Bay. It was a salutary lesson.

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

Biophilic Cities For An Urban Century

My colleague Tim Beatley and I argue in a new book, Biophilic Cities for an Urban Century, that at their moment of triumph and fastest growth, cities need nature more than ever.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Wild Canids

Nature Nerd Trivia: Wild Canids

The Ethiopian wolf is often called the world’s most endangered canid species, with fewer than 500 individuals alive today.Rather, the genetics indicate that native red foxes naturally expanded their range into the southeastern United States.

4 Fun + Informative (+Free) Apps for Upping Your Nature Knowledge

4 Fun + Informative (+Free) Apps for Upping Your Nature Knowledge

(And if you love Seek, becoming a registered iNaturalist user means you’re contributing to improving the capabilities of the companion app.).

A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

According to Brenner, in her first summer enjoying moths she “photographed a moth that was emerald green, another that was pink, one that was half yellow and half black, and one that was as white as fresh snow.” In just a few months she captured images of a couple hundred moth species and “was completely hooked and happily identified myself as a new ‘moth-er.’”.

Campground Critters: A Natural and Personal History

Campground Critters: A Natural and Personal History

Before every scout camp, the older kids would serve up questionable nature facts meant to show their expertise and perhaps instill a bit of fear.I could only roll my eyes when, prepping for a group stay at a cabin, I heard stories regarding porcupines that visited outhouses at night.

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

Backyard Birding in Central India to Beat Lockdown

© Ashok Biswal The Nature Conservancy in India has been engaging with the local communities and working closely with state government authorities since 2017 to undertake and facilitate cost-effective and pragmatic riparian restoration activities in the selected patches of Narmada riverbank.

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.

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.

Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Under so-called “pay-to-publish” models, like the one the UC system is entering with Springer Nature, the university negotiates the cost of making every piece of research it publishes open access.

Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Link Between Energy and Entropy

Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Link Between Energy and Entropy

Thus, generations of physicists have looked to black holes for clues about the true, quantum origin of gravity, which must fully reveal itself in their hearts and match Einstein’s approximate picture everywhere else.

How to Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

How to Delete Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

Whether you want your free time back or don’t like your personal info scattered about on the internet, you may be considering deactivating some accounts.We've also added TikTok. You’ve had your Facebook account for ages, and in that time maybe you’ve posted a little too much personal information.

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.”.

Tips for a Fun Nature Scavenger Hunt

Tips for a Fun Nature Scavenger Hunt

While scavenger hunts don’t have to involve nature, the challenge of finding plants and animals makes for a more rewarding quest.You want the list to include items that your kids will be guaranteed to find early (rocks, sticks, leaves), so there is early encouragement to continue on the hunt.

High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt

High in the Alps, Giant Blankets Slow a Glacier's Ice Melt

To slow the ice melt, the Carlen family, which has managed the grotto since 1988, came up with the idea of covering their portion of the glacier with white fleece blankets to reflect the sunlight.

How Does a Virus Spread in Cities? It’s a Problem of Scale

How Does a Virus Spread in Cities? It’s a Problem of Scale

And on the flip side, New Orleans, with a population density of 431 people per square kilometer, reports 1,718 cases per 10,000.Or here’s another way to look at it: According to data assembled by the Financial Times, New York City has experienced a 408 percent increase in deaths from all causes since the beginning of the pandemic.

Nature Journal Confidential

Nature Journal Confidential

You may never draw as beautifully as Clare Walker Leslie or John Muir Laws, whose nature journals are exquisite, or be as technically accurate as a scientist recording field notes for rigorous studies, but you don’t have to be.

Quarantine Stories: How We Get Our Nature Fix

Quarantine Stories: How We Get Our Nature Fix

I moved in March, so I spent my first week of lockdown unpacking boxes and starting a new yard list .I even managed to see the Spotted Gars spawning; something I’ve only observed three times in 20 years of studying these ancient fish!

A Lifelong Love of Field Guides

A Lifelong Love of Field Guides

In 1933, Peterson convinced Houghton Mifflin to publish a Field Guide to the Birds as a new way to identify our feathered friends.Identifying nature is fun, but what I love most about field guides is that the change the way you see .

Celebrate Earth Day With These Books

Celebrate Earth Day With These Books

But there are also many new books that continue to tell nature, conservation and science stories in creative ways.I’m impressed by the different ways of telling the story, including a children’s adventure series, fun daily readings of nature facts, a literary novel and more.