Voices for Biodiversity

Dispatches

A Conservation Success Story: Reserva Monte Mojino
A Conservation Success Story: Reserva Monte Mojino

by Erika Zambello, Jennifer Calkins

When Dr. Jennifer Calkins visited Reserva Monte Mojino (ReMM), the landscape captured her attention. “A cactus flower blooming next to a lush fig tree, a desert tortoise resting beneath an elegant trogon…

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- Feb 22, 2017
National Monuments: A President Obama Legacy
National Monuments: A President Obama Legacy

by Stephanie Panlasigui

The historic presidency of Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, came to an end on January 20, 2017, but not without leaving behind a legacy.

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- Jan 31, 2017
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

by Erika Zambello

Made up of over 6,000 acres along the coast of Alabama, the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research is one of 28 sites around the country that are “protected for long-term research, water-quality monitoring,…

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- Jan 26, 2017
Letter from the President
Letter from the President

by Tara Waters Lumpkin

It has been almost eight years since the conservation-media magazine Voices for Biodiversity was born. The changes that have occurred over these years, both for the world and for Voices for Biodiversity,…

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- Jan 26, 2017
The Return of Eastern Elk
The Return of Eastern Elk

by Erika Zambello, Wally Smith

“Elk are not the first animals that come to mind when thinking of native Appalachian wildlife, but the species was a common sight in these hills prior to European settlement,” writes Dr. Walter Smith in…

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- Jan 03, 2017
Ramifications of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Ramifications of the Dakota Access Pipeline

by Erika Zambello

The Dakota Access Pipeline has caused a social media and news firestorm. Over just a few days, more than one million people across the country and the world symbolically “checked in” to Standing Rock to…

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- Dec 01, 2016
Biodiversity of the Dry Tortugas
Biodiversity of the Dry Tortugas

by BinBin Li

I visited Dry Tortugas National Park in 2013 and 2015 as part of a field class taught by Dr. Stuart Pimm at Duke University. Located 68 miles west of Key West, this 100 square mile national park is mostly…

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- Mar 28, 2016
Illegal Trade Reveals Unknown Orchids
Illegal Trade Reveals Unknown Orchids

by Hannah Watson

Commercial trade of wild-collected plants is restricted in most countries. Orchids, in particular, are often subject to intensive harvesting as medicinal and ornamental plants, even though the international…

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- Jun 22, 2015
The Economic Value of Nature
The Economic Value of Nature

by Massimiliano Morelli

In recent years there has been an effort to determine the economic value of nature by national governments and international committees. Although this utilitarian view applied to the complexity of nature…

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- Feb 01, 2015
Bringing Light to the Darkness
Bringing Light to the Darkness

by Brad Nahill

In May 2013, young and ambitious conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was abducted, beaten, and brutally murdered while protecting leatherback turtle nests on a beach on Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast. The…

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- Jun 03, 2014
The Bison of Yellowstone National Park
The Bison of Yellowstone National Park

by Georgia Woodroffe

Yellowstone National Park is America’s oldest national park. It is also home to many large mammals, including elk, wolves, moose, bears and bison, the charismatic megafauna of the American West. But the…

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- May 06, 2014
Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil
Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil

by Kathryn Pardo

Recently, thanks in part to the work of Voices for Biodiversity, monstrous, forest-chomping companies like Asia Pulp and Paper and their relatives in the palm oil industry, Golden Agri Resources, both…

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- Feb 03, 2014