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Scottish Wildcats: The Endangered Feline of Britain
Scottish Wildcats: The Endangered Feline of Britain

by Georgia Woodroffe

The “British Tiger,” with dense fur and bewitching eyes, is at the heart of many British folk stories and traditions. Hundreds of years ago their ferocity, untamable nature, and haunting mating calls infiltrated…

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- Nov 08, 2017
Time to BioBlitz
Time to BioBlitz

by Gemina Garland-Lewis

I’m standing in the Hoh rainforest in Olympic National Park, a light drizzle starting to come down on this late day in May. I’m surrounded by people who are absolutely enthralled by the various mosses,…

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- Oct 16, 2017
Bobcats in the Hood
Bobcats in the Hood

by Debra Denker

As I open my garden gate on an uncharacteristically sultry Southwest summer afternoon, I hear a growl, a thump, and then scrabbling in the Russian olive tree above me. I round the corner and come face…

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- Sep 23, 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
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
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

by Erika Zambello

Established in 1999, the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GB NERR) now stretches across 18,000 acres. In addition to the estuary’s salt marshes, the reserve also covers rare pine savannas,…

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- Jun 01, 2017
Peru’s Chaparrí Conservation Area:  A Wildlife Reserve in the Tumbesian Dry Forests
Peru’s Chaparrí Conservation Area: A Wildlife Reserve in the Tumbesian Dry Forests

by Maddie Southard

Named for the mountain that dominates the landscape, the Chaparrí Conservation Area is located about 50 miles east of the Pacific coast in northern Peru.

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- May 04, 2017
Changing Fishing Practices in Mauritius: A Success Story
Changing Fishing Practices in Mauritius: A Success Story

by Vanina Harel

Small island developing states around the world are the first to suffer the consequences of climate change, rapid population growth and unsustainable economic pressures. These problems can negatively affect…

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- Apr 17, 2017
Florida's Manatee - No Longer an Endangered Species
Florida's Manatee - No Longer an Endangered Species

by Maddie Southard

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) just reclassified one of Florida’s most iconic endangered wildlife species to “threatened” status. This controversial decision was made despite the fact that…

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- Apr 11, 2017