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Scottish Wildcats: The Endangered Feline of Britain

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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
Birdwatching: A Growing Industry in Post-Conflict Colombia

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In November 2016, Colombia’s congress approved a historic peace deal after a 52-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). For decades, the presence of armed groups prevented…

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- Oct 22, 2017
Time to BioBlitz

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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

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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
Book Review: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

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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

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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
Meeting with an Elephant

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In this unprincipled time of elephant carnage in the name of ivory, my wife, son and I have come to view elephants as being on equal footing, searching for them with a guide on conservation lands.

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- Aug 27, 2017
The Living Boulders of  a Faraway Time

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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