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Can Citizen Science Save Us?
Can Citizen Science Save Us?

by Erika Zambello

Voices for Biodiversity’s Advisory Board Member Mary Ellen Hannibal took the TEDx Stanford stage to discuss her journey towards becoming a citizen scientist, and how this discipline could save the world.

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- Jun 20, 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
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
Global Big Day 2017: Counting the World’s Birds
Global Big Day 2017: Counting the World’s Birds

by Erika Zambello

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
In Search of a Common Wilderness

by Dan Hawkins

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

by Sarah Abdelrahim

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
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
How Biodiversity is Helping to Revitalize Coal Country
How Biodiversity is Helping to Revitalize Coal Country

by Wally Smith

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
Living the Science: Place-Based Education as a Model for Scientific Learning
Living the Science: Place-Based Education as a Model for Scientific Learning

by Jacqueline Gerson

“Dip your hand in the water!” I yelled over the crash of whitewater, and then a few seconds later, “Now try it again!”

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- Apr 20, 2017