A Night With the Platypus Scientist

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

“Platypus travel quite a few kilometers in a night, so you don’t want the net sites too close together,” says Brunt. Brunt tells us that very little research has been done on platypus in Queensland, which means conservationists don’t have the data they need.

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

Pacific Women Demand a Voice in Mining Decisions

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.

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

Photo © Nikolaj Lasbo / TNC These “passport stamps” are data points that help us understand that kestrel’s movements and migrations throughout its life — and HawkWatch staff and volunteers have now banded about 2,000 kestrels since 2013.

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

My Day at the Reality of Climate Change Hackathon

In fact, it was a whole new twist on the concept of “reality” and the ways technology could transform how people experience and therefore respond – and take action – to confront the global reality check of all reality checks: climate change.

Life, Death & Bird Cam Drama at the Great Salt Lake

Life, Death & Bird Cam Drama at the Great Salt Lake

It was the very nesting box that TNC had fitted with a webcam last year — successfully capturing the entrancing story of kestrel parents raising their brood of five chicks — all broadcast live online.

Trees in the US Annually Prevent 1,200 Deaths During Heat Waves

Trees in the US Annually Prevent 1,200 Deaths During Heat Waves

We assembled tree cover maps for 97 US cities, housing 59 million people, and analyzed how much current urban tree cover reduces summer air temperatures and associated heat-related health impacts and electricity consumption.

Collective Fishing Agreements Benefit Both Groundfish and Fishermen

Collective Fishing Agreements Benefit Both Groundfish and Fishermen

Fishermen from Morro Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Fort Bragg formed an initial working group with TNC to explore the formation of a cooperative agreement aimed at reducing bycatch of overfished species and providing benefits to fishermen members, like reduced financial risk and uncertainty.

Earth Optimism: Reasons to Feel Positive in 2019

Earth Optimism: Reasons to Feel Positive in 2019

Join CGS reporter Cara Byington as she learns how these conservation dogs help scientists monitor and protect these rare reptiles in their native prairie habitat.

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

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.

Community MPAs Fail to Protect Important Reef Fish

Community MPAs Fail to Protect Important Reef Fish

Published in Coral Reefs , this research evaluates the effectiveness of locally-managed marine protected areas (MPAs) in Roviana Lagoon, Solomon Islands. Community-based management fails to halt declines of bumphead parrotfish and humphead wrasse in Roviana Lagoon, Solomon Islands.

Nature Can Be Cost Effective for Improving Urban Water Supplies

Nature Can Be Cost Effective for Improving Urban Water Supplies

Balneario Camboriu view from the bay with partial watershed © Timm Kroeger/TNC In the first rigorous, peer-reviewed study on water fund Return on Investment (ROI) for cities in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, TNC scientists examine the Camboriú Water Fund and show that nature can be a cost-effective solution for improving urban water supplies and reducing treatment costs.

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.

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

“The people within MENAR are saltwater people, they rely heavily on the sea, to the point that if their fish stocks collapse it would be a catastrophe,” says Pete Waldie , a coastal fisheries scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s Melanesia program .

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

“But it’s illegal to sell turtles, take their eggs, or to kill a female that is nesting on the beach.” Those restrictions are put in place to protect sea turtles from overharvesting, as most species have experienced catastrophic population declines in the last few decades.

Recovery: New Hope for Caribbean Coral

Recovery: New Hope for Caribbean Coral

“Now we realize these are all caused by CO2 pollution,” says Dr. David Vaughan who directs coral-reef restoration for the Mote Tropical Research Laboratory at Summerland Key, Florida. Microfragmented Orbicella annularis, or boulder star corals, growing in nursery Photo © Dave Vaughan / Mote Tropical Research Laboratory