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Spinner dolphins. Credit: DH Parks under a Creative Commons License
When the snow gets deep, ruffed grouse head under the snow. Photo: Ben Amstutz  under a Creative Commons license
Corals that survived the bleaching (S. siderea at the bottom left and Diploria labyrinthiformis at the top right) continue to offer food and homes for economically important fish and shoreline protection. Credit: Jonathan Gomez.
The snipe is a real bird, and scientists use some unusual techniques to catch them.
The black bear naps underneath the camera trap in Idaho's Kootenai Valley.
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Siberian wooly mammoth from The Ivory King. Image modified from Flickr user BioDivLibrary through a Creative Commons License.
The Akademik Shokalskiy. Photo credit Flickr user Marie and Alistair Knock via a Creative Commons License.
Opossums are prone to frostbite on their hairless tails. Photo: Chris Helzer/TNC
Want to see a wild jaguar? Put the northern Pantanal on your bucket list. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
Spotted hyenas were among the many species recorded by camera traps during an expedition to the Mathews Mountains of Kenya.
Conservation drone. Image credit: Lian Pin Koh/Conservation Drones.org/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.
Mirza Pedju and Rod Salm discuss the distinguishing features of turtle tracks.  Photo: Rizya Ardiwijaya
Amy Stewart offers a science writer's field guide to happy hour. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
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Yellow-headed Picathartes. Image credit: Tim Boucher/TNC

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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