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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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NatureNet Fellows 2015: Energy Tech from Clams, Rethinking Island Biogeography & More

What’s the future of conservation science? Look no further than this year’s NatureNet Science Fellows cohort — developing and field testing solutions-based science to some of the world’s most urgent environmental challenges.

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Does Removing Habitat Around Farm Fields Really Make Our Food Safer?

Three people died and hundreds were sickened in a 2006 outbreak of E. coli. Wildlife eventually took part of the blame, but does removing habitat near fields to keep wildlife out actually make our food safer? A NatureNet Science Fellow investigates in a new video.

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New Study: Where Have All The Rangelands Gone?

It’s a familiar lament: rangelands are disappearing, lost in a sea of “for sale” signs and subdivisions. Can land protection tools make a difference?

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Conservation and Food Security: The $115 Billion Question

In situ conservation of crop wild relatives: an overlooked strategy for food security, and conservation has the best tools and expertise for the job.

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Diversify Your Species: New Paper from NatureNet Fellow Danny Karp

An encouraging study published in Science suggests farmers have the power to prevent a lot of species extinctions simply by adopting changes in their practices.

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A Renter’s Market: BirdReturns Offers Innovative Conservation

How can conservationists protect one million acres of migratory bird habitat in Central California, particularly when that property is highly valuable agricultural land? The solution: Pop-up wetlands.

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Global Agriculture Trends: Are We Actually Using Less Land?

Sustainable agricultural intensification sounds promising. Over 15 years, global food production increased while agricultural land use decreased. But, how sustainable is it?

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Can Floodplain Forest Restoration Reduce the Gulf’s Dead Zone?

Can restoring floodplain forests in Indiana make a difference in reducing the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone”? A new study shows a great return on investment in using natural habitat to reduce nitrogen pollution.

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Protecting the Amargosa: From Suspicion to Support for a Desert River

Anti-environmental sentiments in rural Nevada have been in the news a lot lately. Here’s a different narrative. In the Mojave Desert of remote Nevada and California, conservationists are part of the community and working to overcome suspicion to protect a vibrant river.

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Island Biogeography Theory Misses Mark for Tropical Forest Remnants

Species losses due to habitat fragmentation may be less bleak than predicted under the island biogeography theory, says a study of bat biodiversity in Costa Rica and Panama.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: Integrating Adaptation and Mitigation in the Tropics

Both adaptation and mitigation strategies will help farmers in the tropics deal with climate change. The problem? These strategies are often pursued separately, reducing their effectiveness in meeting broader conservation goals.

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Plight of the Bumble Bee: Conserving Imperiled Native Pollinators

You’ve probably heard about the loss of honey bees. But did you know native bumble bees face even more alarming declines? These vital pollinators are disappearing due to pesticides and habitat loss. You can make a difference — right in your backyard.

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Of Drones and Cranes: UAV Technology Aids California Bird Conservation

Sandhill Cranes congregate in great numbers at night, crowded together in flooded fields. How can California conservationists accurately count them. Enter a new tool in bird monitoring: the drone.

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Meet the NatureNet Fellows: Daniel Karp

Meet NatureNet Fellow Daniel Karp and learn about his plan for decision support tools that will help farmers evaluate the benefit of preserving natural habitat.

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