Cool Green Science: The Best of the Blog 2015

December 28, 2015

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A geothermal hotspot in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo: © jankgo/Flickr through a Creative Commons license

Each year, we look back at some of our most popular posts of the year on Cool Green Science. This marks the end of our third year, and we’d like to thank you for building Cool Green Science into one of the most popular conservation science blogs on the web.

This year, more than 1.2 million readers visited our site. Thank you for reading, sharing, subscribing to our newsletter, commenting and arguing. We appreciate the blog ideas, the observations and your personal experiences that you send to us.

In August, we launched a new look for the blog, as well as new authors and new features.

In the new year, we look forward to bringing you more of what you love about Cool Green Science: field reporting from Conservancy projects, the latest conservation science news, opinion and essays from leading conservation writers and scientists and the surprising, inspiring and downright strange side of nature near you. It’s all aimed at making you “smarter by nature.”

Since our bird and fish biology posts have been so popular, we’ll be sharing highlights from those topics in separate blogs this week. Here are ten of the most popular stories of the year. We hope you enjoy them.

  1. Petrified Forest National Park. Photo: © Andrew V Kearns VIP/NPS

    Our blog often features the surprising side of nature, including unexpected places and adventures for you to enjoy. It’s clear that our readers love national parks: this post is the most popular we’ve ever published.

  2. A little brown bat successfully treated for white-nose syndrome is about to be released. Photo: Bat Conservation International

    White-nose syndrome has wiped out millions of bats in the United States, and the problem seems intractable. But here’s some good news from the Conservancy and partners. And the science behind the treatment is even wilder.

  3. A cardinal at a bird bath. Photo: Flickr user ehpien under a Creative Commons license.

    Ornithologist Joe Smith writes a wildly popular series explaining the interesting science of backyard birds. In this feature, he takes a look at the literature to explain what’s happening at your backyard bird bath.

  4. Golden Gate Heights in San Francisco, California. Photo © Daniel Hoherd/Flickr through a Creative Commons license

    Zoning laws are a conservationist’s friend, right? Well, usually. But sometimes, denser housing is the best choice for a sustainable future, argues urban conservation expert Rob McDonald.

  5. Redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Photo: © Harold E. Malde

    We should never, ever log old-growth forests. Not so fast. Sometimes even simple answers are not so simple. At Cool Green Science, we’re not afraid to tackle the tough questions.

  6. NatureNet Science Fellow Danny Karp at work in the lettuce fields of California’s Central Coast. © Cara Byington/TNC

    Removing habitat around farm fields is currently being done in the name of food safety. But new research suggests it’s having the opposite effect.

  7. Domestic cat (Felis catus). Photo © R∂lf Κλενγελ/Flickr through a Creative Commons license

    Lisa Feldkamp reports on citizen science projects that allow you to contribute to conservation, even from your home. And even by watching your pets.

  8. Eddie Game deploys an acoustic sampling recorder in Papua New Guinea. Photo © Justine E. Hausheer / TNC

    Journey deep into the forest of Papua New Guinea, where a natural symphony is being recorded – perhaps the best tool yet for monitoring biodiversity in a remote region.

  9. Eastern wolf in Algonquin Park. Photo: © Michael Runtz

    In the Anthropocene, stories abound of coywolves roaming the wild, wild East. But does this creature really exist? A look at the latest genetics helps understand the canine living near you.

  10. A white-tailed deer. Photo: Kent Mason

    Researchers believe over-populated white-tailed deer are one of the biggest threats to eastern forests. But many management options are politically unpopular. Meredith Cornett’s big idea: let’s get the community involved.

What were your favorites?

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  1. All of these topics are of interest to me. Backyard birds, and creatures of the forest would be up there on top. I would like to see some edible plants in the wild…eg mushrooms for the future.
    Thank you, Sam