Category: Deserts and Aridlands

Mapping the San Pedro River: GPS, Beavers and a Labor of Love

Written by | July 24th, 2009

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There’s nothing better in a southern Arizona summer than spending a morning on the San Pedro River — the last free-flowing river in Arizona — after a gentle cooling rain. The air is fresh, the dappled leaves of the giant cottonwoods are reflected in the shimmering water. And the birds are warming up for their […]

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, July 9

Written by | July 9th, 2009

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We’re all about asking the tough questions this morning. Like, is climate modelling really meaningful? Do some plants “want” to burn? And is the roundabout making a comeback? Read on for all the Cool Green News you need. Is predicting the effects of climate change as unlikely as finding bigfoot? A not-so-unique study involving a […]

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, June 25

Written by | June 25th, 2009

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Can social media save the world? Are cancers affecting wildlife now? This morning’s Cool Green News round-up has all the stories you need to know about, so look no further… just read on. Haven’t caught on to social media like Twitter yet? Now might be the time, because the U.N. is hoping it will help […]

Where Is The Spot-Tailed Earless Lizard?

Written by | May 14th, 2009

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  “Some see the glass as half empty, and some see it as half full. Conservationists see the glass as too big.” I chuckled when I read that quote recently in a profile of John Karges, the peerless Texas naturalist and wildlife biologist. Clever aphorisms aside, optimism and conservation can often be difficult to reconcile. […]

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, April 9

Written by | April 9th, 2009

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We’re covering the globe today… from Australia to Bolivia to Oregon to the depths of the ocean, here are the top green news stories you should read. Australia Holds the Grim Distinction… of being the place scientists point to for evidence of climate change. Drought, wildfires, heat waves and agricultural collapse plague the country, and […]

A Flood of Birds in Australia

Written by | April 8th, 2009

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Every ten years or so, flood waters rush through Australia’s Red Centre and transform dry, barren creek beds into rich habitat for water birds. 2009 is one of those years. This year’s rare flood has drawn huge flocks of silver gulls, banded stilts, gull billed terns, cormorants, black swans and pelicans to feed and breed in the waters. […]

Cool Green Morning: Monday, March 30

Written by | March 30th, 2009

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It’s Up-In-The-Air Day at Cool Green Morning — with unsolved questions such as: Is airborne dust the cause of global warming? Are energy-efficient light bulbs backfiring? And doesn’t anyone in the U.S. Defense Department remember the Hindenburg? All the rising green news follows: More Than Just Hot Air: The Pentagon will spend $400 million to […]

State of the Birds: Aridlands Decline

Written by | March 20th, 2009

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One of the bigger surprises for me to come out of the State of the Birds report is the poor state of aridlands birds. This was the portion of the report that I drafted and, though I am familiar with aridland conservation issues, the fact that this habitat and its birds seem to be faring […]

U.S. State of the Birds: A Report Whose Time Has Come

Written by | March 19th, 2009

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The first ever U.S. State of the Birds report was issued today, in hard copy with an accompanying web site. The Nature Conservancy also has launched a great website that pulls together the report, a map of U.S. bird habitat, and other important bird information. Why is this report so critical? Because it pulls together […]

Expedition to the Solomon Islands: Giant Eels, Strangler Figs and Tasty Yams

Written by | March 17th, 2009

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(Editor’s note: Sanjayan, The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist, is traveling in the Solomon Islands to explore the amazing diversity of life and the fast vanishing marine and terrestrial habitats on these islands. As part of this expedition, Sanjayan’s experiences will be made available to students across the United States by the interactive curricula company Promethean […]

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