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The Best Places to See 10 Iconic American Animals

What better way to celebrate the July 4 holiday than with some iconic American animals. Here’s our list of the best places to see some of the coolest critters in the US.

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Making Sea Turtles “Climate Proof”

Sea turtles are projected to be hit hard by climate change, as the island beaches they need for nesting erode and disappear. But Rick Hamilton has a vision: make these animals “climate proof.”

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Hawksbill Turtles: A Rare Good News Story for a Species on the Brink

From a history of violence to sea turtle success: a new article in the journal PLOS ONE documents one of the first recorded recoveries of a hawksbill rookery. An unlikely good news story following 150 years of over-exploitation.

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Tracking a Secretive Snake on the Prairie

The plains hog-nosed snake — does it think it’s a cobra, or a possum? Researchers are finding a lot of surprises tracking this mysterious grasslands creature on Minnesota’s Chippewa Prairie, near a Nature Conservancy preserve.

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Profiles in Xeriscaping: Habitat for a Disease-Fighting Lizard

Yes, xeriscaping saves water and attracts pollinators. But the practice of planting native and drought-tolerant plants can have some unexpected benefits. Like attracting a lizard that can reduce the threat of Lyme disease. Seriously.

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Prevention Offers a Better Way to Deal with Invasive Species

A believer in the ‘ounce of prevention’ philosophy, Doria Gordon develops risk assessment tools to help head off troublesome and expensive invasive species.

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Tracks and Shadows: The Best Conservation Book in 64 Years?

Conservancy chief scientist Peter Kareiva reviews Harry Greene’s new book Tracks and Shadows, calling it perhaps “the best conservation love poem ever written.”

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Boucher’s Birding Blog: Mamba Meets Bushbaby

Sometimes when you go birding, you can’t help but see other animals – elephants, army ants, beautiful butterflies.

Occasionally, if you get out early (as birders always do), you can get to a park before the crowds and you might see something really special (and, in this case, gruesome).

In January, we traveled to Ghana for some superb birding. Our visit included the famous canopy walkway at the Kakum National Park near the Ivory Coast. The seven bridges strung high up in the trees usually teem with visitors who have no appreciation of the amazing birdlife.

They might notice the monkeys, but for most, the canopy walkway is just a low-tech amusement ride. They shriek as they bounce from one platform to the next on the narrow, swaying  wooden planks.

We arrived very early, our guide having arranged for the park to admit us before the regular opening hour.  We were the first visitors on the path that climbs to the walkway.

It was barely light as we tramped up the steep hill, trying not to trip over hidden roots and rocks. As we reached a turn, we heard a ruckus near the trail – about head height — and we all peered into the tangle of vines and branches.  We had the surprise of our lives.

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