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Global Big Day 2017: Counting the World’s Birds
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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
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 772

by Erika Zambello

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
Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
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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
A Conservation Success Story: Reserva Monte Mojino
A Conservation Success Story: Reserva Monte Mojino 772,668

by Erika Zambello, Jennifer Calkins

When Dr. Jennifer Calkins visited Reserva Monte Mojino (ReMM), the landscape captured her attention. “A cactus flower blooming next to a lush fig tree, a desert tortoise resting beneath an elegant trogon…

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- Feb 23, 2017
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 772

by Erika Zambello

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
The Return of Eastern Elk
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by Erika Zambello, Wally Smith

“Elk are not the first animals that come to mind when thinking of native Appalachian wildlife, but the species was a common sight in these hills prior to European settlement,” writes Dr. Walter Smith in…

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- Jan 03, 2017
Exploring Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Exploring Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve 772

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 13, 2016
Ramifications of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Ramifications of the Dakota Access Pipeline 772

by Erika Zambello

The Dakota Access Pipeline has caused a social media and news firestorm. Over just a few days, more than one million people across the country and the world symbolically “checked in” to Standing Rock to…

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- Dec 02, 2016
Conservation Partnerships Protect Species at Eglin Air Force Base
Conservation Partnerships Protect Species at Eglin Air Force Base 772

by Erika Zambello

Eglin Air Force Base (Eglin AFB) on the Florida Panhandle does more than fulfill its military mission. In its over 700 square miles of territory, base staff and federal agents oversee the management of…

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- Nov 05, 2016
The Specter of Lionfish: Coping with an Invasive Species
The Specter of Lionfish: Coping with an Invasive Species 772

by Erika Zambello

The sun shone down on me as I set up my booth at the Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day in Pensacola, Florida. Though I was there to talk about the Emerald Coast’s artificial reef and Gulf to Table program,…

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- Jun 08, 2016