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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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Camera trap photo of a cheetah. Photo by Snapshot Serengeti through a Creative Commons license.
Northern elephant seals were once declared extinct. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
Craft brewers, sportsmen and others mobilize in support of a proposed rule clarifying and restoring Clean Water Act safeguards and sponsored by Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA. Photo credit: Steven DePolo/Flickr through a Cretaive Commons license.
Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Photo: Trout Unlimited
Increased carbon dioxide concentrations -- like those expected in the next 40-60 years--cause a nearly 10 percent decline in the zinc concentration of wheat, says a new study led by the Harvard School of Public Health. Photo credit: Yamanaka Tmamki/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.
Walt Reid, director of Conservation and Science at the Packard Foundation and past director of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Photo courtesy of Walt Reid. Photo courtesy of Walt Reid.
The Amargosa toad. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC
Jaymee Marty's team looks into buckets of water collected from the vernal pools on the Howard Ranch near Sacramento for research into the effects of cattle grazing on California's delicate vernal pool habitats. Photo by Ian Shive.
Celebrate healthy fish runs and healthy rivers on May 24! Photo: © Ami Vitale
When predators can keep this voracious purple marsh crab in check, marsh grasses stand a better chance. Photo courtesy of Mark Bertness.

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