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Urban Wild: Flying Squirrels of the Beltway

To see the southern flying squirrel, you don’t make a trek into the wilderness or visit a national park. You need to visit a small nature preserve a short distance away from the bustling urbanity of the U.S. capitol.

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Can We Grow Safe Produce and Conserve Nature at the Same Time?

Farmers are destroying habitat near farms out of fear that wildlife is spreading E. coli and other pathogens to their fields. But is wildlife a source of foodborne illness? New research from Conservancy scientists suggests not.

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Craig Groves Named SNAP Executive Director

The globally recognized conservation leader and Conservancy science veteran takes over the Science for Nature and People initiative.

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Better Green Living Through Chemistry

Conservancy NatureNet Fellow Sen Zhang and colleagues announced a process that overcomes a key obstacle to wider adoption of renewable energy fuel cells: their prohibitive cost.

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Conservation Science 101: Understand Coral Bleaching

Coral bleaching is one of the major threats to reefs around the globe. But what exactly is coral bleaching? What does it actually do to reefs? Our Conservation Science 101 guide gives you the information you need to understand the most pressing issues.

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Video: Infrared Technology for Wildlife Conservation

Infrared enables us to see minor variations in temperature, even from a distance or at night. See how this technology is revolutionizing conservation science.

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New Report: Blueprint for Urban Water Security

A new report from The Nature Conservancy finds conserving source watersheds might secure water for your city. In one in four cities conservation could pay for itself.

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Grouse Count: Aerial Infrared Technology Ensures Accurate Wildlife Census

The challenge: find a chicken-sized bird in a million-acre expanse of rugged canyons & bad roads. See how infrared sensing revolutionizes sage grouse counts.

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Why Conservation Should Embrace a Diversity of People & Values

TNC Lead Scientist Heather Tallis & 239 co-authors call for a conservation ethic that recognizes diverse voices and values. Show your support at diverseconservation.org.

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Decoy: How Fake Birds Aid Real Research

To get a bird in the hand, you have to catch it first. One of the bird researcher’s most trusted bird catching tools is the decoy — a fake bird. Ornithologist Joe Smith on why real birds so often fall for their wooden and paper mache likenesses.

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New Study: Where Have All The Rangelands Gone?

It’s a familiar lament: rangelands are disappearing, lost in a sea of “for sale” signs and subdivisions. Can land protection tools make a difference?

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Protecting Sage Grouse Habitat: Does It Benefit Mule Deer Populations?

Greater sage grouse require large landscapes. Many have argued that protecting them can also protect other wildlife. But is that really true for mule deer?

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From Theory to Practice: Managing Coral Reefs for Resilience

Scientists and reef managers agree: the key to successful reef management is resilience. But how do you manage for resilient corals? It was hard to know. Until now.

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Conservation and Food Security: The $115 Billion Question

In situ conservation of crop wild relatives: an overlooked strategy for food security, and conservation has the best tools and expertise for the job.

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Bark in the Park: How are Dogs Affecting Open Spaces?

Rover might be your best friend — but do you really know how he’s affecting your favorite park and its wildlife when you let him off leash there?

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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.

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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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