Tag: Matt Miller

Battling Back From ‘Extinction’

Written by | January 18th, 2011

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As a child he read that they were gone forever. Thirty years later he watched three of them run past his feet in the wild. Matt Miller tells an amazing tale of recovery and hope.

The Creepy Creatures That Still Haunt Us

Written by | October 25th, 2010

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He was walking by himself in a place called Hells Canyon. Then he heard a terrifying sound. He looked down and saw his foot about to land on a …

Where Have All The Naturalists Gone?

Written by | April 5th, 2010

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It’s fashionable now for conservationists to diss naturalists as caring about wildlife more than people. Time to give that contempt a rethink, says the Conservancy’s Matt Miller.

A Hippo in…Australia?

Written by | January 18th, 2010

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A pygmy hippo — a native of Africa — shot in Australia? The Nature Conservancy’s Matt Miller says it’s true — and an example of a brave new world.

Real-Life Vampires and Other Unpleasant Nature

Written by | December 22nd, 2009

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Sometimes nature is ugly, annoying or even scary, writes Matt Miller. Isn’t it wrong for conservationists to cover that up?

All Hail the Unendangered Wild Turkey: A Thanksgiving Reflection

Written by | November 23rd, 2009

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Imagine sitting down to a Thanksgiving dinner in a world without wild turkeys. It’s hard to conceive—if you live in the United States, chances are you’re just a short distance away from a large population of these birds. They roam forests, wood lots, farm fields and prairies from Maine to Florida, from New Jersey to […]

Ecotourism: Green Problem or Green Solution?

Written by | November 4th, 2009

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Ecotourism is often presented as the savior for wildlife and wild places — providing local communities with financial incentives to preserve nature while also reducing poaching and development pressure. But, lately, others question whether rich Westerners jetting around the world really help much at all: They disturb animals, create demands for new development and only […]

It’s Time for Environmentalists to Stop Crying Wolf

Written by | September 17th, 2009

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Hate mail, angry community meetings, hyperbolic letters to the editor. No, not health care reform: Wolf hunting. Here in Idaho, it seems, the wolf hunting season — which opened earlier this month — has pushed all other news aside. Many environmentalists are mad as hell that wolf management has been turned over to the states […]

No Spray Zone: Are Pesticides Really Controlling Invasives?

Written by | 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 […]

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

Written by | 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 […]

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