Voices for Biodiversity

Field Notes

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
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
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
The Science of Sooty Tern Migrations
The Science of Sooty Tern Migrations

by Ryan Huang

Life as a bird is hard. Life as a seabird can be really hard. Seabirds spend the vast majority of their time in a habitat that provides no drinkable water or shelter, a place that can be as vast and empty…

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- May 10, 2017
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

by Erika Zambello

I disembarked at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (mercifully abbreviated to GTM NERR) with a group of practitioners, researchers and ecologists from around the world. The group…

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- Mar 23, 2017
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

by Erika Zambello

Apalachicola Bay has long been famous around the world for its thousands of acres of oyster beds. In fact, in the past, 90 percent of Eastern oysters served in Florida were from Apalachicola.

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- Feb 15, 2017
Exploring Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Exploring Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

by Erika Zambello

Wells Reserve on the coast of Southern Maine was designated in 1984 and encompasses 1,600 acres. The reserve staff facilities sit within beautifully restored farm buildings.

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- Dec 12, 2016
Can You Find Green Salamanders? A Community Searches in the Appalachians
Can You Find Green Salamanders? A Community Searches in the Appalachians

by Wally Smith

This is the case with the green salamander, one of the most unique amphibians in the salamander-rich Appalachian Mountains. The only truly green-colored salamander in eastern North America, the green salamander…

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- Sep 12, 2016
Community Mapping in Gabon
Community Mapping in Gabon

by Nina Hamilton

I came to Gabon to study how communities use and value their forest resources, what they see is threatening their resources and why all of that might differ across the landscape. All of the information…

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- Jul 22, 2016
Studying the Indirect Effects of Wildlife Loss at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya
Studying the Indirect Effects of Wildlife Loss at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya

by Elizabeth Forbes

First thing on Monday morning, I get into the driver’s side of the Land Cruiser, grasping the “holy sh*t” handle to hoist myself up into the seat. My field team clambers into the back; the other front…

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- Jul 16, 2016
Snowy Plovers and Citizen Science along the Florida Panhandle
Snowy Plovers and Citizen Science along the Florida Panhandle

by Erika Zambello

For those who bird on the Emerald Coast, Snowy Plovers are a relatively common sight on Okaloosa Island – once you walk away from the more crowded beach access points. Less than seven inches long and lighter…

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- Jul 08, 2016