Thoreau – Walking via the Atlantic

Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist, philosopher, and author of such classics as ‘Walden’ and ‘Civil Disobedience,’  contributed a number of writings to The Atlantic in its early years. Shortly after his death from tuberculosis, in May 1862, the magazine published “Walking,” one of his most famous essays, which extolled the…

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Leave It to Beavers via PBS

“Leave it to Beavers” on NATURE tells the story of beavers in North America — their history, their near extinction, and their current comeback as modern day eco-heroes. The full amazing episode is available for online streaming at pbs.org/nature.

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Founding Gardeners – James Madison, America’s First Environmentalist

One of the amazing journeys in Andrea Wulf’s powerful work on nature and the shaping of America traces James Madison’s appearance at the Agricultural Society of Albemarle in Virginia. According to Wulf: “The speech was a lament of all that was wrong with American agriculture as well as a catalogue…

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Economic Benefits Provided by Nature in the Chesapeake Bay

Ever wonder about the value of the Chesapeake Bay and its streams and wetlands? An analysis recently released by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) finds that the economic benefits provided by nature in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will total $130 billion annually when the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is fully…

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What is the Price Tag for Nature’s Defenses?

Carl Zimmer writes recently in the New York Times that levees are not the only things that protect coasts from storm damage.  “Nature offers protection, too” he says.  “Coastal marshes absorb wind energy and waves of storms, weakening their impact farther inland.”  These coastal ecosystems and their services provide significant…

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Flood Alleviation – Unpaid Engineers to Restore Floodplains

Following major floods in January 2014 Marina Pacheco, the chief executive of the UK Mammal Society, recommended that the UK Government promote beaver reintroductions as a means of reducing flood risk in the future. “Restoring the beaver to Britain’s rivers would bring huge benefits in terms of flood alleviation. These…

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Kids in the Outdoors – Our Future Depends on It

A program intended to insure that American Children have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors, builds on a Forest Service tradition of conservation and education.   “The challenges associated with climate change and water will not be resolved in a few years. It will take generations. Kids must understand why…

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Wild Ideas: Gadget-free Nature Outings Increase Creativity

Conservation Magazine recently reported that a new study has confirmed what you’ve probably suspected for awhile: Spending time in nature without computers, phones, and other electronic devices makes people more creative. The study published in PLoS ONE and called, “Creativity in the wild: Improving creative reasoning through immersion in natural settings”…

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The Taimen Conservation Project – Notes from the Field November 3, 2012

Many of you who have been following this series on my work with Siberian taimen (Hucho taimen) in Mongolia may not be aware that this species is actually one of five taimen species that exist in the world.  A recent International Union for Conservation of Nature report titled, “Largest Salmon in…

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Osprey – The Ultimate Fisher via Arkive.org

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