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Waiting for Owls
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by Laurel Mundy

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
Can Citizen Science Save Us?
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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 21, 2017
The Remarkable Comeback of the Channel Islands Fox
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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 13, 2017
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
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by Erika Zambello

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
New Fishing Line Recyclers Along the Emerald Coast
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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 25, 2017
In Search of a Common Wilderness
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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 17, 2017
The Animals’ Agenda: An Important Look at Human Relationships with Other Animals
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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
Saving Selfless Shellfish from Sunscreen
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by Madison Toonder

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 30, 2017
The CITES Meeting: A Closer Look
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by Alfred Mepukori

My amazing trip all began when the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) announced a global search for 34 international conservationists aged 18 to 25 to attend the first-ever Youth Forum for People…

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- Mar 07, 2017
I Dream of Bison
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by Elke Duerr

I grew up on an organic farm in Germany. By the time I was born, we Germans had already wiped out our large mammals; the wisent (German bison), wolf, bear, lynx, wild cats, auroxen, moose and elk were…

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- Jan 13, 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
Peaceful Coexistence: Snow Leopards and Humans Share Pakistan’s Mountains
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by Debra Denker

Confession: I am a lifelong lover of snow leopards. So, a couple of months ago, when I was sick of politics, I was happy to follow a Facebook-suggested link to Snow Leopard Trust. I eagerly read their…

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- Oct 04, 2016