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Searching for Fish in Cameroon

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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
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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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
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
Saving Selfless Shellfish from Sunscreen

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Oysters are bivalve mollusks that provide shelter and food for a variety of organisms, all while improving water clarity and quality through filtration. Oyster reefs formed by aggregations of shells are…

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- Mar 29, 2017
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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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

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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
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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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
Exploring Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

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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

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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
Studying the Indirect Effects of Wildlife Loss at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya

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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
Do you know the Pudú?

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Pudú are the world’s smallest deer species, found in the temperate forests of South America. Like other deer, pudú eat foliage, shoots, twigs, bark, buds, fruit and seeds.

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- Jun 08, 2012