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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 value he notes, shielding us […]

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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 unpaid river engineers would quickly […]

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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 forests are so valuable so […]

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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” followed 56 people as they […]

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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 the World Edges Toward Extinction,” […]

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There’s a new term for nature’s ecological services: Green Infrastructure. These green systems are beginning to replace “gray” systems in cities like Seattle. Green infrastructure can be restored wetlands, rooftop gardens, or permeable pavement that trap and filter pollutants before water flows into streams and rivers and is carried to bays and estuaries. A recent […]

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Environmental pride in local resources is a conservation approach that works. Rare’s mission is to conserve imperiled species and ecosystems around the world. Rare inspires people to care about and protect nature. Rare’s signature Pride campaigns are now used by local conservationists and organizations across the globe. It’s Rare’s method for motivating behavior change and […]

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Writing in the journal Nature, a team of 19 researchers called on conservationists to stop bad-mouthing introduced species, and accept the fact that ecosystems will increasingly be a melting pot of “long-term residents and of new arrivals.” The controversy, coined “eco-bigotry” has been addressed in two follow-up articles in Conservation Magazine. The researchers said that […]

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