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April 03, 2015

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12:00 PM | Are Poor Countries Destined To Struggle with Conservation?
Conservation is a human endeavor. It seems like an obvious statement, but too often it seems we forget that scientific pursuits are inextricably linked to the nuances of human behavior and cognition, whether conspicuous or veiled. Humans are biased creatures, and if we don’t pay attention to those biases we risk losing out on possible
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1:24 AM | Protecting New England Cottontail Habitat on Cape Cod
Yay, cottontails. From the article: Private landowners, conservation groups, a tribe and government agencies have joined forces to restore New England Cottontail habitat throughout New England. In Mashpee, Mass., on Cape Cod, habitat restoration work at three sites is yielding results. Continue reading →

April 02, 2015

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4:14 PM | Could inland aquaculture help save the oceans and feed the world?
Mark Kwok has always loved the ocean. An avid diver and spear fisherman, he has travelled the planet in search of exotic fish and undersea adventure. Born into a wealthy Hong Kong family, he had the freedom to explore the world’s oceans. But in the last decade or so, he hasn’t been content just looking at fish. He’s been growing them. In a squat, unassuming cluster of buildings in an industrial suburb north of Hong Kong, Kwok is experimenting with a potentially revolutionary […]
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1:00 PM | Urbanization drives some ants to eat more fast food
Humans are passing down their bad eating habits to ants. According to a new study, some of the ants that scuttle around city streets are chowing down on more sugary, corn-based junk food. Every year, city-dwellers toss about 250 million tons of food into the trash. This waste is “a massive potential resource for urban
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12:30 PM | From Early Women in Science to Ultraviolet Film: Using Art to Understand Insects
Art is an integral part of scientific investigation and documentation. Before the advent of photography, illustrations were used to capture intricate species details, habitat appearance, and even behaviors such as predation. Photography gained popularity as a visual recording method within scientific publications in the late nineteenth-early twentieth centuries, over time increasing the efficiency and accuracy by which nature could be recorded.Predation recorded via scientific illustration. […]
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12:01 PM | What Conservationists Need to Know About Surveys
This post in the first of a new series entitled “The Basics of the Human Dimensions”, which gives the most basic tips for how to work with social scientists and social questions in marine conservation efforts. Whether you are the stakeholder, the collaborating natural scientist, or both, this series will hopefully make the journey into […]
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6:22 AM | Russia and Canada lead the world in global forest loss in 2013
Russia and Canada led the world in forest loss, accounting for nearly forty percent of the 18 million hectares of forest lost globally in 2013, reveals a new analysis based on high resolution satellite imagery. The research — released today on Global Forest Watch, a forest monitoring and research platform — was led by Matt Hansen of the University of Maryland and involved Google, World Resources Institute (WRI), and other institutions
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12:23 AM | Major study shows biodiversity losses can be reversed
Making projections requires assumptions about what we are going to do. Reviews of this research try to be optimistic by emphasizing positive projections. However, if we make the most likely assumption that we will do nothing substantive to stop global warming, deforestation, and human population growth, the red areas will spread. As stated earlier, everyone that cares needs to begin making local efforts to preserve biodiversity. Continue reading →

April 01, 2015

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8:01 PM | Six solutions for transforming your balcony into a biodiversity sanctuary
Your balcony – a little corner of paradise… Source: livingcircular.veolia.com GR:  If you live in North America, here’s a good source for beekeeping information:  http://www.beeculture.com/directory/find-local-beekeeper/.  Beekeeping associations in other parts of the world are listed here: http://honeyo.com/org-International.shtml.  You can find more … Continue reading →
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4:32 PM | Local action needed to protect nature from global warming
Stronger local management can increase the resilience of nature to the impacts of climate change, writes an international team of researchers in Science. Source: phys.org GR:  Hmm, effective local management, at least in the U. S., has to be by … Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | Watercolors of the Aral Sea
No, this isn’t a painting. But it is a heavily modified satellite image of the Aral Sea from the European Space Agency! Below is text from the ESA describing what the colors signify. Maybe there is someone out there who can intuitively understand the scheme, but it’s not me. Beautiful, regardless. This image was created […]
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12:30 PM | David Shiffman wears ugly sunglasses. We need to fix that. For the sharks.
David is a legend in the online ocean conservation world, but that doesn’t mean he’s a legend of style. Everywhere, in every picture, he wears these: Let’s be clear: these sunglasses, if you can even call a second pair of glasses worn over his normal glasses that, are ugly. Really ugly. Distractingly ugly. In an […]
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12:30 PM | 2015 Annual Members Meeting at The Field Museum
Attendees at the 2015 BHL Annual Meeting at The Field Museum in Chicago, IL.BHL Members and Affiliates met in Chicago, IL, for the 2015 Annual Meeting (17-18 March 2015). The annual meeting is a chance for BHL Member and Affiliate representatives to learn what is happening around BHL and to give updates from their own institutions.Christine Giannoni. Director, The Field Museum Library.This year, the meeting was hosted by Christine Giannoni (Museum Librarian & Head of Library Collections, […]
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12:00 PM | Our chocolate cravings are bitter news for primates
Cocoa is the primary ingredient in everything from the most delicious, delicate of Swiss chocolates to the most run-of-the-mill, mundane of Hershey’s Kisses, and one third of the world’s supply comes from a small nation on the western coast of Africa called Côte d’Ivoire. Otherwise known as the Ivory Coast, the nation is the world’s

March 31, 2015

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8:49 PM | Media Coverage of Our Restoration Work
Our friends at Platte Basin Timelapse (PBT) created a very nice radio piece about our restoration work that aired on NET Radio (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications) today.   The link below includes that audio, along with a transcript and short video … Continue reading →
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8:12 PM | Converting A ‘Weedy’ Grass To Quality Forage For Livestock
The ignorance displayed by this range manager is shocking. Continue reading →
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5:29 PM | Subsidies to industries that cause deforestation worth 100 times more than aid to prevent it
Brazil and Indonesia paid over $40bn in subsidies to industries that drive rainforest destruction between 2009 and 2012 – compared to $346m in conservation aid they received to protect forests, according to new research Brazil and Indonesia spent… Source: www.theguardian.com … Continue reading →
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5:09 PM | Here comes progress: what will planned megaprojects mean for an Amazon city?
The city of Itaituba, in western Pará state, is home to several construction projects of strategic interest for the Brazilian government. However, with local infrastructure fragile, residents are worried they will not share in the spoils.
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4:49 PM | Other Flowers at Coldwater Farm
Garry Rogers Coldwater Farm Flowers Click here for other photo sets.Filed under: Coldwater Farm, Flowers, Garry Rogers, Photography Tagged: Coldwater Farm, flowers, garry-rogers, Photography
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1:01 PM | GMOs of the Future: Two Recent Studies Reveal Potential of Genetic Technologies
For four years, the state of California has experienced a devastating drought. It's not just a little dry—according to scientists, it's the worst drought in over a millennium, fueled by global climate change. Cali is in such dire straits that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. just signed two emergency measures to funnel another $1 billion to drought relief and critical water infrastructure projects. No sector is feeling the hit more than Golden State's agricultural […]
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12:30 PM | Citizen Science Uses Art to Unlock Scientific Knowledge
Citizen Science in Science GossipSince the release of Science Gossip a little less than a month ago, 3,600 volunteers have enthusiastically completed 160,000 classifications of natural history illustrations from the pages of 19th century science periodicals! As a result, the periodicals Recreative Science and Midland Naturalist are now fully classified and both the Magazine of Natural History and Journal of Zoology, Botany, Mineralogy, Geology and Meteorology and the Intellectual Observer are […]
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12:00 PM | Seafloor hits bottom fast, bounces back slowly after climate change
Seafloor ecosystems are likely to take a millennium or more to recover from climate change, according to research published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. That conclusion comes from an analysis of over 5,400 fossil snails, sea stars, and other invertebrates in a sediment core collected off the coast of Santa

March 30, 2015

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10:25 PM | On the bear trail
I’m back in Beijing.  In the meeting room, two large maps of China are affixed to the wall.  In theory the map describes the distribution of Asiatic black bears in China.  Most are concentrated in Sichuan province, or up near the Russian Far East (HeilongJiang, Jilin). Someone’s eye roves over the map. They spot a [...]
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8:49 PM | Climate Change vs. Conservation
Has global warming made it harder for environmentalists to care about conservation? Source: www.newyorker.com GR:  Pretty good argument that there is no hope for preserving nature on Earth so we should get over it and do the few small temporary … Continue reading →
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8:17 PM | Tuning Out and Tuning In
It had been way too long since I’d taken the kids camping.  Earlier this month, however, I managed to get two out of three of them to come with me and we had a great overnight trip to our family … Continue reading →
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7:41 PM | Farmers Fields as Nature-conservation Areas
Highly productive agriculture and the protection of biodiversity are hard to reconcile? A joint project involving BASF, farmers and agronomic experts reveals how modern farming can help to protect ecosystems. Source: www.basf.com GR:  This story is misleading.  Yes, farmers could … Continue reading →
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7:28 PM | Drought damage leads to widespread forest death
The 2000-2003 drought in the American southwest triggered a widespread die-off of forests around the region. Source: phys.org GR:  Die offs are occurring at lower sites too.  Substantial thinning is occurring in the pinion-juniper woodland and the interior chaparral.Filed under: … Continue reading →
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7:22 PM | Wildfire critical in calculating carbon-payback time for biomass energy projects
Accounting for wildfire is essential in achieving an accurate and realistic calculation of the carbon payback period associated with converting forest biomass into energy, according to a new study. Source: phys.org GR:  It seems to me that there are some … Continue reading →
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6:16 PM | 9 months after Amazonian oil pipeline spill, effects and fears linger
When Peru's state-run oil company pulled out of this small Kukama Indian village in mid-December after cleaning up an oil pipeline spill, residents thought life could slowly return to normal. But more than three months later, wisps of oil floating down the Cuninico River—along with a larger spill in the neighboring community of San Pedro—are a reminder that the problems are not over.
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2:20 PM | Thousands of Cormorants to be Killed: There Will be Blood
From the article: "Despite experts agreeing that killing the cormorants is wrong and won’t work, it turns out that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to kill nearly 11,000 cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 of their nests to try to reduce cormorant numbers by more than half." Continue reading →
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