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Book Review: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Franz de Waal
Book Review: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Franz de Waal

by John Richardson

Many readers of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? written by renowned Dutch primatologist and ethologist Franz de Waal would be intrigued but perhaps not surprised to learn that chimpanzees…

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- Sep 12, 2017
Hurricane Impact on Wildlife
Hurricane Impact on Wildlife

by Erika Zambello

In the United States, the news is currently dominated by storm stories, from Hurricane Harvey’s assault on Texas and Louisiana, to the incoming Hurricane Irma heading toward island nations, Puerto Rico,…

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- Sep 06, 2017
The Alternative of Real Ecology: A Review
The Alternative of Real Ecology: A Review

by Erika Zambello

Kveldulf Gunnar Larsson offers an important critique of the modern environmental movement and a stark assessment of what people are doing to the planet.

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- Aug 20, 2017
The Living Boulders of  a Faraway Time
The Living Boulders of  a Faraway Time

by Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson

We walked among the armored behemoths in total awe, mesmerized  by the sands and giant green euphorbia bushes that seemed to be from a primeval time.  My wife Marie and I came within 40 feet of a single…

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- Aug 14, 2017
Studying Sea Otters at Elkhorn Slough
Studying Sea Otters at Elkhorn Slough

by Erika Zambello

I stood atop Yampah Hill with Kerstin Wasson, Research Coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR). A large tidal creek wove through the marsh grass, its arms snaking…

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- Aug 06, 2017
Biodiversity Questions in School Gardens
Biodiversity Questions in School Gardens

by Erika Hansen

Find a bug (and draw it). Find plants that are ingredients in pizza sauce; in toothpaste; in salsa. Find two living and two nonliving things.

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- Jul 31, 2017
Growing the Bosnian Kitchen: Sustainable Food Systems
Growing the Bosnian Kitchen: Sustainable Food Systems

by Andrew Flachs, Ashley Glenn

Dawn in rural Bosnia breaks slowly, as the sunlight peeks through hilltops and wisps of clouds settle in the valleys. We’re drinking coffee in a village two hours northwest of Sarajevo, where the morning…

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- Jul 25, 2017
Garbage to Garden: Using Compost to Reduce Landfill Waste
Garbage to Garden: Using Compost to Reduce Landfill Waste

by Erika Zambello

Landfills create big problems. Toxins in electronic refuse — old cell phones, computers, televisions, etc. — can eventually leach into the soil and groundwater, causing decades of environmental health…

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- Jul 09, 2017
Searching for Fish in Cameroon
Searching for Fish in Cameroon

by Joe Cutler

Crowds of people funneled past me as I unloaded my sampling equipment from the back of a taxi in Cameroon’s Kumba Market. The driver helped me pull my gear from the trunk: a huge backpack, a sack of gillnets,…

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- Jul 02, 2017
Waiting for Owls
Waiting for Owls

by Laurel Mundy

In the woods, the air is still and quiet. The ground is warm from the sunshine that beats down on the hillside all day, but mostly, it’s dark. The lightest breeze brings the smell of ponderosa bark and…

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- Jun 26, 2017
Can Citizen Science Save Us?
Can Citizen Science Save Us?

by Erika Zambello

Voices for Biodiversity’s Advisory Board Member Mary Ellen Hannibal took the TEDx Stanford stage to discuss her journey towards becoming a citizen scientist, and how this discipline could save the world.

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- Jun 20, 2017
The Remarkable Comeback of the Channel Islands Fox
The Remarkable Comeback of the Channel Islands Fox

by Gemina Garland-Lewis

When I first set foot on Santa Cruz Island, I hadn’t yet heard the story of the island fox and its remarkable recovery. To be honest, I didn’t even know these foxes existed. The first time I saw one, I…

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- Jun 12, 2017