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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
Environmental Justice and Hog Farming in North Carolina
Environmental Justice and Hog Farming in North Carolina

by Jaime Gordon

Duke Law professor Michelle Nowlin is making waves in North Carolina’s hog industry. Now a Supervising Attorney at Duke’s Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Nowlin started her work in the mid 90s at…

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- Jun 07, 2017
Rescuing a Whale Shark in Koh Tao, Thailand
Rescuing a Whale Shark in Koh Tao, Thailand

by Alyssa Vinluan

After a 5:30 a.m. wake-up call and a two-hour boat ride with Roctopus Dive, I could finally see the pinnacle of Sail Rock, considered by many as the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. The water looked…

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- Jun 05, 2017
New Fishing Line Recyclers Along the Emerald Coast
New Fishing Line Recyclers Along the Emerald Coast

by Erika Zambello

For a few months this winter, my office in Okaloosa County became storage space for ten monofilament recyclers. Wide PVC pipes had been painted with beautiful marine designs — from herons to crabs to mermaids…

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- May 24, 2017
Global Big Day 2017: Counting the World’s Birds
Global Big Day 2017: Counting the World’s Birds

by Erika Zambello

Birders had their binoculars and checklists ready on May 13 for the annual Global Big Day, and I was one of them. Armed with my eBird phone app, which allows me to record when and where I see specific…

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- May 21, 2017