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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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- May 01, 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
Florida's Manatee - No Longer an Endangered Species

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) just reclassified one of Florida’s most iconic endangered wildlife species to “threatened” status. This controversial decision was made despite the fact that…

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- Apr 11, 2017
Connecting with Biodiversity Using Macro Photography

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In a  2013 article published by American Entomologist, a trio of authors contemplated the importance of macro photography in documenting biodiversity. In their abstract, they summarize: "Digital macrophotography…

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- Apr 11, 2017
Too Rare to Wear: Stopping Illegal Trade of Hawksbill Turtle Products

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The Too Rare to Wear campaign brings tourist and conservation groups together to end the trade of illegal tortoiseshell products. Also called turtleshell, this material comes from hawksbill sea turtles,…

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- Apr 04, 2017
Night Watch in Toolangi Forest

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The beam of a flashlight gleams through a small opening. The triangle of light looks like it’s coming through a window on a dark evening, but it is actually a gap between the buttress roots of an ancient…

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- Mar 11, 2017
The CITES Meeting: A Closer Look

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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
A Conservation Success Story: Reserva Monte Mojino

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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
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 16, 2017
Anthro versus Ecocentric Conservation Perspectives: An Academic Comparison

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Conservation is most often discussed from two main ethical standpoints: the preservation of natural resources for human use (an anthropocentric position that supports biodiversity protection for the well-being…

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- Feb 09, 2017