The Millipede That Protects Itself with Cyanide

Cyanide millipedes use chemical warfare to ward off predators. They also make critical nutrients available in forest ecosystems, and yet these amazing critters are understudied.

Lisa Feldkamp

Rare Butterflies Return Home

This summer 200 federally threatened Dakota skippers emerged as butterflies and were reintroduced to a Minnesota prairie.

Marissa Ahlering

Recovery: Bringing Back Bumble Bees

Everyone knows bees are in trouble. But, too often, we’re focused on the wrong bees.

Ted Williams

What Has the Endangered Species Act Ever Done for Us? More Than You Think.

99% of species protected by the endangered species act have been saved from extinction. You read that right, 99%.

Lisa Feldkamp

7 Cool Facts About Water Striders

They walk on water, they devour mosquito larvae and they have one of the most disturbing mating rituals on earth. Take a close look at this common insect of Northern Hemisphere ponds, creeks and puddles.

Matthew L. Miller

Searching for a Rare Nautilus, Round 2

Conservancy scientists (and one intrepid field reporter) take on a second search for the rare Allonautilus in the Solomon Islands. Success is contextual.

Justine E. Hausheer

Meet the Man Who Got Stung for Science

Justin Schmidt has been stung by an astounding array of bees, wasps and ants. And he’s here to tell the story.

Matthew L. Miller

Recovery: Saving American Burying Beetles, Nature’s Undertakers

American burying beetles once took care of carrion over broad regions of North America. But their numbers have dwindled. What’s going on? And can we save them?

Ted Williams

The Four Biggest Hazards Facing Monarch Butterflies, and How You Can Help

A recent scientific paper argues that monarch butterflies are at risk of “quasi-extinction.” But what does this mean? Our blogger breaks down the issues facing butterflies.

Christine Peterson

Ten Strange, Endearing and Alarming Animal Courtship Rituals

To celebrate humans' holiday of love and romance, our blogger asked biologists for tales of fascinating animal mating habits. Here are some of the strangest and most endearing.

Christine Peterson

The Ten Creepiest Spiders of North America

Spider, spider on the wall, who's the creepiest of them all? Scientists share their picks for the best spiders on the continent -- the most aggressive, the rarest, the most venomous, even the prettiest. Yes, the prettiest.

Christine Peterson

Do the Rumble-Rump with Peacock Spiders

Meet the tiny spider with one of the wildest mating displays in the animal kingdom. Jon Fisher takes you into the realm of the peacock spider and its unbelievable "dance moves."

Jon Fisher