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Understanding the Lake Erie Algal Bloom & Toledo Water Shutdown

Think about it: Half a million people living next to one of the world’s greatest sources of freshwater were forced to drink from plastic water bottles. How did it come to this? The Conservancy’s Patrick Doran delves into the science behind the Lake Erie algal bloom.

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Power to the People: Community Based Marine Conservation

Local communities are working together to manage their coastal marine resources. Learn how Pate Marine Community Conservancy is revamping marine conservation.

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Follow the Cow that Follows the Burn

At the Chippewa Prairie in Minnesota, conservationists are using GPS tracking to learn the secret movements of an important grassland animal: Cows. Wait. Cows?

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Restoration Pays Off in Reduced Flooding for Coastal Community

Natural systems can reduce flooding and provide economic benefits. How can communities evaluate the economic benefits of restoration projects at a scale that is meaningful for their decisions?

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Birds, Birding and Economic Gains on a Restored Coast

When the Nature Conservancy purchased land in Cape May they planned to help birds. The unexpected benefits? Increased tourism and storm mitigation.

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Biofuel White List Could Cut Risk of Invasive Weeds

As the acreage of biofuel crops grows, so does the potential for introducing invasive weeds. Identifying and promoting low-risk species offers a way forward.

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Coasts at Risk Report Expands Thinking on Natural Hazards

Nature has an important role in preparing for, and recovering from, natural disasters on coasts around the world. A new report substantiates the link.

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Prevention Offers a Better Way to Deal with Invasive Species

A believer in the ‘ounce of prevention’ philosophy, Doria Gordon develops risk assessment tools to help head off troublesome and expensive invasive species.

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Grizzly Bear Research & Cultural Identity in the Great Bear Rainforest

The Heiltsuk First Nation, located in the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, has a long history in which the lives of people are inextricably entwined with the lives of grizzly bears. A new paper in Ecology and Society links an exciting research and monitoring program with 10,000 years of place-based cultural identity.

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Scaling up Conservation: Replication or Coordination?

TNC senior scientist Jensen Montambault describes the approach the Micronesia Challenge — with 2100 islands and 7.4 million square miles of ocean — is taking to large-scale conservation.

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Nilgai: Blue Antelope of the Anthropocene

Once the nilgai roamed expansive Indian plains as it avoided stalking tigers. A creature of wilderness. Today, you’re more likely to find it in sprawling cities, or galloping along a Gulf Coast seashore. A creature of the Anthropocene.

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CSI Channel Islands: Can the Island Scrub-jay Help to Think about Climate Change?

Solving the mystery of Santa Rosa’s island scrub-jays could refine thinking on how to manage vulnerable species under climate change.

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Do the Rumble-Rump with Peacock Spiders

Meet the tiny spider with one of the wildest mating displays in the animal kingdom. Jon Fisher takes you into the realm of the peacock spider and its unbelievable “dance moves.”

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Spiders Go Fishing, Old Trees Dwindle & Icebergs Scrape Bottom

Also in our best of the web: group discounts on solar panels, Chilean dams halted, monster jellyfish and spiders with personality.

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Urban Water Footprint: Extensive and Expensive

A new global database of urban water sources developed by the Conservancy’s Rob McDonald highlights just how far water travels and how much it can cost to get it there.

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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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