Connect with Nature

Connect with Nature

Our stories bring nature to you… in your backyard, a nearby park, and around the world. From wildlife to wild places, follow your curiosity and explore with us.

Find Wildlife

Is that a coyote? Our tips for how to find, identify, & understand wildlife.

On “Trash” Birds: Rethinking How We Label Common Species

Why trash birds is a trash term.

Lauren D. Pharr

Connect to Nature Near You: 4 Fun + Informative (+Free) Apps

Looking for free and informative mobile apps to help you connect with nature near you wherever you are? We’ve got you covered. Pristine natural areas not required.

Cara Cannon Byington

50 Fish, 50 States: Bass of the Waterfalls

The shoal bass faces some serious threats. But a new legion of fans bring hope for this species.

Matthew L. Miller

Extreme Birding: How To Do A Big Year On A Budget

Are you a birder dreaming of a Big Year? Here’s how to do it along with work, family, and life’s other responsibilities.

Justine E. Hausheer

Bird Alert: The Search for Local Rarities

Searching for local rare birds is a mainstay of birding culture. Here’s an overview to get you started.

Matthew L. Miller

Extreme Birding: Gull Watching at the Landfill

Sick of your favorite birding hotspot? Try the dump.

Matthew L. Miller

Explore Outdoors

Explore nature near you & the places where TNC works.

Did You Know Sandhill Cranes Dye Their Feathers?

Sandhill cranes add a rusty-brown color to their gray feathers each spring.

Matthew L. Miller and Chris Helzer

Restoring Old-Growth Forests in the Pacific Northwest: Lessons from TNC’s Ellsworth Creek Preserve

Scientists are evaluating 15 years of forest management at TNC’s Ellsworth Creek Preserve to inform large-scale forest restoration efforts.

Cara Cannon Byington

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Borax Lake Chub: Conserving a High Desert Survivor

This fish has adapted to a lake high in arsenic and heavy metals. But human activity poses a greater challenge.

Matthew L. Miller

Quick and Dirty (Really Dirty) Guide to Bison: Keystone Species Edition

The ways bison graze, poop and wallow touch on everything about the ecology of a prairie. But well, it can be a little messy.

Cara Cannon Byington

Meet the Bison: North America’s Most Famous Mammal

For all their fame, you’d be surprised by how much you don’t know about North America’s largest land mammal.

Justine E. Hausheer

Bear With Us: How to Keep Yourself (And Grizzlies) Safe

Even in the Greater Yellowstone, your chances of a grizzly encounter are low. Follow these simple tips while in bear country.

Kris Millgate

Know Your Nature

Stories that satisfy your curiosity about the natural world.

Earth Day Book Review 2024

Our selections this year show how the nature writing genre continues to evolve and surprise.

Matthew L. Miller and Jennifer Winger

Notes from Eclipses Past: Nervous Hippos, Sad Ducks & Bewildered Ground Squirrels

How do animals react to solar eclipses? Scientists don’t know much, but what they do know is, well, sometimes a little weird.

Cara Cannon Byington

Meet the Amazing Giant Rats of Oceania

Rats that climb trees, swim in rivers, grow to epic sizes, and evade detection by scientists for decades. Meet seven spectacular rat species from Oceania.

Justine E. Hausheer

Scientists Re-Discover Giant Rat Not Seen in 30+ Years

A TNC-funded expedition in the Solomon Islands has re-discovered a giant rat species.

Justine E. Hausheer

Quality Time with Pocket Gophers

Most North Americans have heard of gophers. But what about the elusive pocket gopher?

Matthew L. Miller

Holiday Book Review 2023

Six new books for the nature lover or outdoor enthusiast on your holiday list.

Justine E. Hausheer and Matthew L. Miller