Category: Nature Longread

Sea Turtles of St. Croix: Research Benefits Nesting Beaches

Nesting sea turtles have staged a dramatic comeback at a Nature Conservancy site on St. Croix. What’s behind the success? Our blogger heads afield for a firsthand look at turtle research and monitoring.

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Protecting the Amargosa: From Suspicion to Support for a Desert River

Anti-environmental sentiments in rural Nevada have been in the news a lot lately. Here’s a different narrative. In the Mojave Desert of remote Nevada and California, conservationists are part of the community and working to overcome suspicion to protect a vibrant river.

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The Road to Sustainability: More Nudging, Less Shoving

For your weekend reading: Economist Paul Ferraro says behavioral nudges can contribute cost-effective solutions to the problems of conservation, climate change & poverty alleviation.

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Hotspots for People: A New Conservation Strategy

Should conservation work in places where biodiversity isn’t high but the benefits to people would be? Haiti, El Salvador, Bangladesh and other countries make a strong case, argues Beth Tellman.

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Protecting Marine Biodiversity with ‘New’ Conservation

Seafood certification and working with the fishing industry often benefits biodiversity far more than traditional protected-area approaches, says Ray Hilborn.

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How to Make ‘Local’ Food Good Conservation, Too

Don’t assume that being a locavore or eating organic automatically makes you a better conservationist, says scientist Stacy Philpott. The data on food sustainability might surprise you.

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Diverse Conservation

Call for Inclusive Conservation
Join Heather Tallis in a call to increase the diversity of voices and values in the conservation debate.

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Innovative Science

Infrared Sage Grouse Count
The challenge: find a chicken-sized bird in a million-acre expanse of rugged canyons & bad roads. Infrared video to the rescue.

Wildlife Videos In Infrared
Infrared enables us to see minor variations in temperature. See how this technology is revolutionizing conservation science.

Nature As Normal
TNC Lead Scientist Heather Tallis is researching how to make people see nature as critical to life through three lenses: education, water and poverty.

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