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How Peter Kareiva Changed the Trajectory of Conservation

Science has to claw its way into conservation, says Sanjayan of Conservation International — and no one has led the fight better than Peter Kareiva.

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Peter Kareiva to Lead UCLA’s Institute of the Environment & Sustainability

Peter Kareiva steps down as TNC chief scientist to become director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

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What People Are Saying About Peter Kareiva’s Move

Luminaries in conservation and environmentalism react to the announcement Peter Kareiva is stepping down as The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist.

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Nature and People: How Can the US Federal Government Put Them Together?

The good news is that over the last couple of years several agencies have made bold moves to incorporate the full extent of nature’s value into their decisions.

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The Lessons of Epic Birding Failures

One birder recounts the lessons of epic birding failures.

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Conserving Nature’s Stage

Conserving nature’s stage: a strategy to sustain biodiversity in the wake of climate change.

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Is Mammal Watching the Next Birding?

Aside from some highly recognizable species, most mammals are elusive, nocturnal and difficult to spot. And so keeping life lists of mammals has never caught on. But could a new book change that?

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Bananas to Bats: The Science Behind the First Bats Successfully Treated for White-Nose Syndrome

Last week, the first bats successfully treated for white-nose syndrome were released back into the wild. A look at the surprising science behind this good news story.

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My LANDFIRE Decade: The Amazing Story of a Critical Tool for US Restoration

U.S. ecological restoration was chaotic just over 10 years ago — and then came LANDFIRE. Conservancy ecologist Randy Swaty reflects on his decade with this pathbreaking data and mapping program.

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The Hidden Hazards of Learning to Bird

The latest in the Zero to Hero: Birding series where — among other things — our newbie birder discovers that not everyone automatically assumes she’s using those binoculars for birding.

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What’s the World’s Largest Bird Feeder? You’ll Never Guess

What’s the world’s largest human-created source of bird food? Hint: it’s not in your backyard. And it creates an interesting dilemma for conservationists.

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The Science of Valuing Nature Becoming Business as Usual

Can valuing nature become part of business as usual? Jen Molnar, Lead Scientist, shares the progress made by the Nature Conservancy’s collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company and the tools to take their findings mainstream.

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Mapping a Future for Imperiled Woodland Caribou

Woodland caribou are in a pinch. Threats are closing in from all sides. Can satellite images help map a more hopeful — and resilient — future?

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Even Forest Superpowers Have Limits

A new paper out in the Journal Nature this week adds a frightening twist to an enduring mystery around the role of forests and climate change. Forest carbon scientist Peter Ellis reports on what this means for conservation.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Megan McSherry

Megan McSherry first went to Africa to save the elephants. It didn’t take her long to find a bigger calling.

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