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Could restoring oyster reefs combat nitrogen pollution? This question is being answered by research conducted at the Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve. Photo: Mark Godfrey/TNC
The often-heard common true katydid (Pterophylla camellifolia). Photo:  Lisa Brown (Flickr user meanandpinchy) under a Creative Commons license.
The gray bird grasshopper is devastating a remote island's ecosystem. Or is it? Photo by Greg Hume.
The Hydaburg Totem Park. For many years, totem carving and other tribal traditions were banned. A new effort is restoring those traditions--and nearby habitat. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
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Dolly Varden Char (Salvelinus malma) caught during fish surveys on streams at Keat's Inlet on Prince of Wales Island. Members of the Haida tribe are conducting these fish surveys to help get their streams protected under Alaska state law. Photo: © Erika Nortemann/TNC
A rainbow trout with a stomach full of shrews! Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Foxtail grasses on a median strip lighted by passing cars, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image credit: Matthew Traucht/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.
Peter Kareiva. Image credit: poptech/Flickr via a Creative Commons license.
Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania is one of the finest places in the world to observe wild elephants. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
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A beautiful animal that also happens to arguably be the greatest threat to forests in the eastern United States. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
Despite increasing crop and timber demands to feed a growing human population, despite the impacts of climate change on forests, and despite deforestation emissions in the tropics that are on par with those from the global transportation sector, global forests are a net sink for atmospheric carbon.   Photo: Mark Godfrey
Michelle Venter studies whether local monitoring efforts might be just as effective as monitoring completed by professional scientists.

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