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Waiting for Owls

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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
The Remarkable Comeback of the Channel Islands Fox

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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
Rescuing a Whale Shark in Koh Tao, Thailand

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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

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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

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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
In Search of a Common Wilderness

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On the morning of January 19, 2017, I found myself in the Tararua Mountains on New Zealand’s North Island, in a gale. I had been in New Zealand for two months as part of a four-month hiking traverse of…

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- May 16, 2017
The Science of Sooty Tern Migrations

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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
The Animals’ Agenda: An Important Look at Human Relationships with Other Animals

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Humans interact with other animals in a number of ways. When we think about other animals, we might think about our pet dogs, the squirrels we see in our backyards or the giraffes we visit at the zoo.…

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- May 07, 2017
Peru’s Chaparrí Conservation Area: A Wildlife Reserve in the Tumbesian Dry Forests

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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
How Biodiversity is Helping to Revitalize Coal Country

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It's a cold November morning as I drive from my home in rural Wise County, Virginia, to the town of Tazewell, some 80 miles away. My journey takes me across the edge of the Virginia coalfields and through…

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- Apr 30, 2017
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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As part of an ongoing project, Erika Zambello is visiting all National Estuarine Research Reserves in the continental United States. Established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),…

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- Apr 25, 2017
Changing Fishing Practices in Mauritius: A Success Story

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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