Matt Miller

Matt-Miller-23Matt Miller is a senior science writer for the Conservancy. He writes features and blogs about the conservation research being conducted by the Conservancy’s 550 scientists. Matt previously worked for nearly 11 years as director of communications for the Conservancy’s Idaho program. He has served on the national board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and has published widely on conservation, nature and outdoor sports. He has held two Coda fellowships, assisting conservation programs in Colombia and Micronesia. An avid naturalist and outdoorsman, Matt has traveled the world in search of wildlife and stories.


Matt's Posts

No Spray Zone: Are Pesticides Really Controlling Invasives?

September 8th, 2009
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When faced with invasive, non-native weeds on the range, the first response for many conservationists is to load up a backpack sprayer full of pesticides. Spraying chemicals toxic to wildlife and people — under the auspices of protecting wildlife and people — is often portrayed as a necessary evil if we want to stop the […] More

By the Numbers: Can We Save the Last Herds, Flocks and Swarms?

August 10th, 2009
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500,000 sandhill cranes roosting along the Platte River. One million wildebeests migrating across the Serengeti plains. Ten million bats emerging from a Texas cave. Literally uncountable masses of mayflies hatching along a beautiful spring creek. Perhaps nothing captures a naturalist’s imagination quite like the world’s great herds, flocks and swarms. There’s something beyond words when […] More

Hunters, Anglers and Climate Change

July 14th, 2009
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Can hunters and anglers make a difference for climate change? After all, sportsmen and sportswomen have a long history of solving conservation challenges. Hunters — and I am one — take justifiable pride in their role in purchasing national wildlife refuges, restoring wildlife populations and conserving wetlands and other habitat. And they have a history of getting […] More

Studying Wildlife to Death?

July 8th, 2009
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Are conservationists studying some wildlife to death? Writer Cat Urbigkit ponders the question in an interesting post on the Querencia blog about impacts of radio collars on bison and other animals. She includes pictures of collars rubbing animals’ necks raw, and wonders: Is all this really necessary? Noting the intrusive nature of collars, Urbigkit writes: “I […] More

How ‘Green’ Is Your Lawn?

June 10th, 2009
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It’s true: A green lawn is not often a green lawn. Many of you already  know this, but neighborhood peer pressure keeps you reaching for weed spray, fertilizer and a lawnmower. When you step through your front door, do you feel like you’ve landed on the set of American Beauty? Do you worry that your attempts […] More

Leave It (Mostly) To Beaver

May 27th, 2009
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In John Crowley’s science fiction novel Beasts, humans decide they’ve inflicted enough damage on the Earth, and utilize their technology to construct a giant tower removed from the rest of the world. They achieve self sufficiency in food and energy production, and thus no longer interact or inflict damage on the rest of the world. […] More

Raise an Organic Toast to Earth Day

April 21st, 2009
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Looking for a proper beverage to enjoy (responsibly, of course) on Earth Day? How about an organic beer? I’ve recently been doing some “research” around town in Boise, and have found organic brews to be surprisingly easy to find. Not to mention tasty. There are organic lagers and ambers and India Pale Ales and porters, […] More

Cuy: It’s What’s For Dinner

March 31st, 2009
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Visit an Andean village, and you have a decent chance of seeing a few cuy — also known as guinea pigs — running around homes. These aren’t pets. If you stick around that village, you may very well be served one for dinner. Cuy is a dish served in many parts of the Andes on […] More

Born To Rewild

March 3rd, 2009
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North America is a land shaped by elephants. (And pronghorns like the one above — but more on that later.) 10,000 years ago — a blink of the evolutionary eye — members of the elephant family like mammoths and mastodons roamed our grasslands, influencing nearly every plant and animal that lived there. They were part […] More

Seeing Red Over Salmon

February 10th, 2009
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Soon after I moved to Idaho, I fished a tiny little stream — the kind of water where you can catch trout of eight or maybe 10 inches. And then a behemoth swam by, literally parting the waters. A salmon. Half out of the water, it pushed on: the final part of a 900-mile journey to […] More

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