Elk in the Neighborhood: On Conservation and Lost Hope

An improbable encounter with elk is due to equally improbable conservation history.

Matthew L. Miller

Five Endangered Species Recoveries You’ve Never Heard Of

Five successes of the Endangered Species Act worth celebrating.

Christine Peterson

A New Life for Bighorn Sheep in the Land of Laughing Waters

Desert bighorn sheep leap into a new life in Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, the wildest, most remote area of Arizona outside the Grand Canyon.

Tana Kappel

9 Animal Cams You Need in Your Life

From an African watering hole to bison, otters, penguins, naked mole-rats, pandas and more, these are 9 animal cams you need in your life.

Cara Cannon Byington

Daddy Longlegs Won’t Kill You

Daddy longlegs truly are amazing. Is there any truth to the myth that made them famous?

Lisa Feldkamp

Three Great Fall Reads: Natural Page Turners

Our fall book review features nature and conservation reads that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Matthew L. Miller

Purple Martins: The Bird That Relies on Human-Built Nests

Purple martins are truly a bird of the people. In fact, they have shifted almost entirely from natural nests to human-made ones. Why have purple martins become so reliant on us?

Joe Smith

The Secret Lives of Horseshoe Crabs

Every year, horseshoe crabs emerge from the depths for one reason and one reason only: sex.

Marah Hardt

The Battles of Song Sparrows: How a Scientific Outsider Changed How We Study Birds

Margaret Morse Nice lacked a formal academic position but her work on the territoriality of song sparrows changed ornithology.

Joe Smith

Ginseng Digging: Local Traditions and Global Markets for Appalachia’s Medicinal Plants

Ginseng: a medicinal root with a long tradition of harvesting in Appalachia. But can the plant withstand the demands of a global market? Hal Herring takes a personal look at the plants, the place and the people that make up the history of ginseng digging.

Hal Herring

Nature Books Have Never Been This Fun: 6 Great Summer Reads

Looking for a fun read this summer? Here are 6 nature books as entertaining as any bestseller.

Matthew L. Miller

Headhunters, Poaching, & Arson: Community Conservation in the Arnavons

After a 40-year history punctuated by arson, conflict, and poaching, conservation efforts in the Arnavon Islands are yielding a glimmer of hope for hawksbills sea turtles. Now, Conservancy scientists are working with local communities to make these critical islands the first site in the Solomon Island’s protected area network.

Justine E. Hausheer