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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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Forest Dilemmas

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the Anthropocene. Beginning Monday, July 21, join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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Osprey Cam: Watch Our Wild Neighbors
Watch the ospreys live 24/7 as they nest and raise their young -- and learn more about these fascinating birds from our scientist.

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Investing in Seagrass
Marine scientists and fishers alike know that grass beds are valuable as nursery habitat. A new Conservancy-funded study puts a number to it.

Drones Aid Bird Conservation
How can California conservationists accurately count thousands of cranes? Enter a new tool in bird monitoring: the drone.

Creating a Climate-Smart Agriculture
Can farmers globally both adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change? A new paper answers with a definitive yes. But it won't be easy.

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