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The Salve Paccha Aquaduct, which transports water from Cayambe Coca to Quito, runs through the paramos landscape at the foot of Ecuador's Andean range.  Photo credit: ©Bridget Besaw/TNC
A map showing soil type and a counts of plant species observed in various areas. Screenshot from the Project BudBurst page of FieldScope.
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The Asian common toad -- newly arrived in Madagascar -- is toxic to many native species of predators. Though the newcomers are not yet widespread, researchers urge quick action to prevent an ecological crisis. Photo credit: Thomas Brown/Flickr
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Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia). Photo by Charlie Kellogg through a Creative Commons License.
Jellyfish are uniquely efficient swimmers, according to a new metric that compares across different sizes and body shapes. Photo credit: Andrew Morrell/Flickr.
Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Flickr user Goldztajan under a Creative Commons license.
Invasive forest pests threaten ancient hemlock groves in the East. Photo: © Kent Mason
Horseshoe crabs spawning in Mispillion Harbor, Delaware. Photo by Gregory Breese/USFWS.
Volunteers plan a trail at the Mianus River Gorge Preserve near Bedford, NY — the Nature Conservancy’s first land preservation project. Photo credit: ©The Nature Conservancy
Polar bears have evolved   amazing survival mechanisms. They handle long frigid winters with no fresh water and a super high fat diet.  Photo Credit: ©Robert M. Griffith
Mark Tercek, Nature Conservancy CEO,  and Howard Stevenson, Harvard Business School professor and founder of the Baupost Group, shared their thoughts  at the  2nd "Future of Nature" event hosted by the Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts. Photo credit: John Clarke Russ for The Nature Conservancy
Artificial reef balls  in conjunction with changes in land-use practices help restore what had been a severely degraded coral reef in the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park off  Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. Photo credit: Curt Storlazzi

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