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Beavers Versus Old Growth: The Tough Reality of Conservation

If ecologically important but abundant native beavers threaten ecologically important but imperiled old growth hemlocks, what should conservationists do? Leave it to beaver? Or save the hemlocks?

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Pygmy Rabbit Quest

Meet the pygmy rabbit: the tiniest rabbit on earth, and one of the most difficult North American mammals to spot. Our blogger journeys to southwest Wyoming to learn more about this elusive inhabitant of big sagebrush.

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Connecting The Ocelot’s Home on the Range

In South Texas, ocelot conservation means connecting the dots. But those “dots” happen to be thornscrub habitat — thick brush incompatible with most human use. How do you restore a habitat that ranchers have spent decades working hard to clear.

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Every Cat Counts: Conserving Ocelots on the Border

In South Texas, ocelots cling to a precarious existence. How do these spotted cats survive against a backdrop of lost habitat, roads and now a border fence? Can conservation efforts help?

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Nilgai: Blue Antelope of the Anthropocene

Once the nilgai roamed expansive Indian plains as it avoided stalking tigers. A creature of wilderness. Today, you’re more likely to find it in sprawling cities, or galloping along a Gulf Coast seashore. A creature of the Anthropocene.

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Review: Cristina Eisenberg’s The Carnivore Way

Can we really expect a growing population to live alongside large predators? Don’t we have a hard enough time with less dangerous critters? Cristina Eisenberg looks at the science, and lays out a blueprint for coexistence between people and predators in her new book, The Carnivore Way.

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10 Top National Wildlife Refuges To Explore

For the traveling naturalist, there’s a lifetime of adventures to be found on national wildlife refuges. But with 560 refuges, where to start? Our blogger offers up his favorites for birds and other wildlife, from spotting tropical specialties in Texas to hiking amongst bighorn sheep in Oregon.

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Coyote Scat and Native Plant Conservation

Cultivating native plants for conservation requires the perfect water, sunlight, nutrients and pollinators. And in at least one case, it needs coyote poop. And lots of it. A story of an observant naturalist, palm seeds and hungry coyotes in South Texas.

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Northern Elephant Seals: A Dramatic Conservation Success

Northern elephant seals were declared extinct, a victim of the blubber trade. Today, you can see thousands on California beaches, and the population continues to grow. The story of a dramatic (and often unheralded) conservation success.

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What Does a Baby Whale Feel Like?

Once, grey whales — called “devil fish” by whalers for their tendency to fight — were hunted ruthlessly, almost to the point of oblivion. Today, they approach boats and allow themselves to be petted. Marine blogger Alison Green gets up close and personal with these ocean giants.

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Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

Looking for a great wildlife road trip, or just a reason to explore the neighborhood park? Our blogger offers top 10 wildlife experiences for spring, from baby bison to mayfly madness.

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Is Natural History Still Relevant for Conservation Science?

As conservation science increasingly draws from sophisticated models and genomics, does natural history still have relevance? Benjamin Kilham, a dyslexic who has made significant contributions to bear research, builds a powerful case for field observation in his book, “Out on a Limb.”

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Marsupial Mystery: Who Poos Cubes?

In Tasmania, blogger Alison Green came across a strange sight: poo cubes, and lots of them. What animal might have left this sign? Join her as she tracks down this fascinating creature.

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Babirusa: Conserving the Bizarre Pig of the Sulawesi Forest

The babirusa may be one of the coolest and most bizarre animals around. But even those formidable tusks can’t protect it from poaching and deforestation.

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Bison Good, Cattle Bad? A Prairie Ecologist’s Perspective

Among some prairie enthusiasts, bison are magical beings while cattle are vile creatures. The reality? The differences may not be as great as you think, writes prairie ecologist Chris Helzer.

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