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August 14, 2014

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6:18 PM | Why the NRDC’s Montana “Wolf Stamp” Must Be Stopped
We believe we must speak out against the NRDC’s wolf stamp, and here’s why. The best available science tells us that territorial, apex predators like wolves do not need to be managed. Continue reading →
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5:53 PM | Oppose the Lawful Ivory Protection Act of 2014
The Obama Administration's announcement that it would ban ivory imports and sales in the U. S. was a big step on the way to protecting elephants. Now, six months later after 15,000 more elephants have been killed for their tusks, the ban is still not in place, Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Otters feel the burn from wildfires
In the summer and fall of 2008, two major wildfires burned more than 70,000 hectares of California’s Big Sur area. Now researchers have found that sea otters may have suffered as a result. Scientists have done plenty of studies on how wildfires affect land animals. Habitat, diet, and reproduction rates can all be thrown out
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12:17 PM | Next Field Day – August 27, 2014
We put together a draft agenda for our next Platte River Prairies Field Day, which will take place on Wednesday August 27 at our site south of Wood River, Nebraska.  The agenda is a draft only because we may add … Continue reading →
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8:42 AM | Can Shark Week do more for its female viewers?
Vicky Vásquez is a Moss Landing Marine Labs graduate student under the Pacific Shark Research Center. Her Master’s thesis focuses on the soupfin shark population of San Francisco Bay. Before beginning her graduate program, Vicky worked in marine education for over 7 years with groups like the Ocean Discovery Institute and the Marine Science Institute. This work has fostered Vicky’s […]
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8:00 AM | thelovelyseas: Fiji, Beqa Lagoon, Bull sharks (Carcharhinus...
thelovelyseas: Fiji, Beqa Lagoon, Bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) during a shark dive at Shark Reef Marine Reserve offshore of Pacific Harbor by Jon Cornforth ❘ Cornforth Images
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12:00 AM | An open letter to 'Shark Week'
An open letter to 'Shark Week': Dear Shark Week, Your official motto is “Be careful what you fish...

August 13, 2014

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11:27 PM | Monbiot On Saving Nature with Price Mechanisms
He's opposed. And he makes a good case. [more]
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8:44 PM | 'Natural Reserves' no more: illegal colonists deforest huge portions of Nicaraguan protected areas
In Northeastern Nicaragua, abutting the coastal Caribbean town of Bluefields, lie two nature reserves - Cerro Silva and Punta Gorda - that are embroiled in a bitter battle for survival against the speedily encroaching agricultural frontier. The forest is all but decimated here, with disconnected patches whose very existence rests precariously in the hands of its occupiers - both legal and illegal.
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7:56 PM | http://planet3.org/2014/08/13/10219/
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF_uo8fifyY&w=560&h=315] A flash flood enters a newly renovated hospital lobby in Kearney NE; this video was released by the hospital and has been posted to YouTube a bunch of times. The Good Samaritan Hospital Facebook post says: While our recovery efforts from the flash flooding early Saturday morning continue on a nearly round-the-clock basis, our services for patients have all been been restored. [more]
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7:46 PM | Fynbos and Forests: Reporting on Fynbos Forum 2014
Looking up into the canopy in the heart of the Knysna ForestsLast week saw one of the largest gatherings of people working in the landscapes of South Africa's Cape Floristic Region. I was lucky enough to attend. The annual Fynbos Forum conference brings together everyone from academic researchers, students, conservation managers, landowners and numerous others from all over the world together in a friendly and welcoming space to exchange ideas, knowledge and progress in all connected fields. It […]
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2:39 PM | Unreal Thailand: stunning wildlife photographed in flooded Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
If someone told you there was a place where 200 million year old coral reefs had erupted from beneath the sea and were now draped in the oldest rain forest in the world, a place where marbled cats and clouded leopards prowl the sharp crags and their dark caves in search of dead bats and small prey, would you believe them?
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12:22 PM | Forgotten species: the exotic squirrel with a super tail
With among the world's largest tails compared to body-size, the tufted ground squirrel just might be the most exotic squirrel species on the planet. Found only on the island of Borneo, this threatened species is also surrounded by wild tales, including the tenacity to take down a deer for dinner. New research explores the squirrel's monster tail and whether other tales about it may be true.
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12:00 PM | Penguins act as coal mine canaries for the Southern Ocean
Miners used to bring caged canaries down into the mines with them. The notion was that if toxic gases like methane or carbon monoxide leaked into the mine, then the canaries would die before the humans, giving the miners a chance to escape. The idea of a sentinel species is the same. Sentinels are groups
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8:00 AM | bajadivers: Visit our website www.BajaDivers.com O_o
bajadivers: Visit our website www.BajaDivers.com O_o
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12:00 AM | 5 Tips for Breaking Into the Marine Conservation Industry
5 Tips for Breaking Into the Marine Conservation Industry: 5 tips for breaking into the marine...

August 12, 2014

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10:08 PM | Shark Week’s ratings show there’s blood in the water
It’s the third day of Shark Week, and Discovery has already come under fire for their programming choices. Their big special on kick-off night—Shark of Darkness: The Wrath of Submarine—turned out to be another fake documentary, making up people and events to perpetuate the idea that a 30+ ft long great white patrols the coast […]The post Shark Week’s ratings show there’s blood in the water appeared first on Science Sushi.
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8:43 PM | A paradise being lost: Peru's most important forests felled for timber, crops, roads, mining
In 1988, when British environmentalist Norman Myers first described the concept of a “biodiversity hotspot," he could have been painting a picture of the highly threatened Peruvian Andes mountain range. Today, the Andes are an immediate and looming portent of the fate of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
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5:56 PM | A roundup of misleading, deceptive, and dangerous shows produced by Discovery Communications
It’s no secret that we’ve produced quite a bit of critical commentary regarding Discovery Communications (whose properties include Shark Week, Animal Planet, TLC, and many others) over the years. This Shark Week, we’re seeing a massive spike in interest around their less-than-factual productions. Here, for your convenience, is a quick roundup of articles we’ve written about […]
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1:00 PM | Reaching deep: BP oil spill had big impact on deep-sea coral
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill left some indelible images on most of our minds: the burning rig, the oiled birds and fish and turtles, the slicks stretching for what seemed like infinity across the ocean. But much of the oil that was released either never reached the Gulf of Mexico’s surface, or it came up
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12:53 PM | 'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants
'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants: The craze to embrace all things shark...
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12:41 PM | givemeinternet: Do not lose any of these. RIP My Reaction...
givemeinternet: Do not lose any of these. RIP My Reaction Williams
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12:30 PM | The Sea Dog: Exploring Man's Discovery & Classification of the Shark
It's that time of year again! That special week set aside to celebrate the fabulously diverse Selachimorpha clade: Shark Week!If you were to ask an average person to differentiate between a tiger shark, Great White, whale shark, bull shark, or mako, most could probably do so, or would at least be aware that such varieties existed. This wasn't always the case. A mere six hundred years ago, sharks were known only by the bizarre personas recounted by animated sailors. And even when more accurate […]
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12:15 PM | In Celebration of Black-Eyed Susans
Before I begin this post, let me say thank you to all of you who voted on the photo choices offered up in last Friday’s post.  This time, there was no difficulty in determining the winners.  About 90% of the … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | griseus: Some sharks are harmless and really tender. This...
griseus: Some sharks are harmless and really tender. This species is the redspotted cat shark (Schroederichthys chilensis) occurs in Humboldt current in Perú and Chile, and when feels threatened, it curls itself. really cute ne? video: Rodrigo Cortés
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4:44 AM | Developing Countries to Become Major Climate Change Contributors by 2030—Later Than Previous Estimates
Developed nations have dominated global surface temperature change historically, and according to a new study, they will continue to do so until 2030, when developing nations, particularly the two population giants—China and India—will overtake them.  “This is significant,” said lead author Daniel Ward, a postdoctoral researcher from Cornell University, because most human-induced “climate change will […]
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4:01 AM | Getting Media Savvy
“There is increasing recognition of the broader social responsibility of scientists to engage with the wider public in meaningful ways” MBIE, 2014 Does this mean that scientists need to be […]
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2:18 AM | http://planet3.org/2014/08/11/10216/
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CTvjwt1bvY&w=420&h=315]
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12:00 AM | rhamphotheca: tastefullyoffensive: [jhallcomics]
rhamphotheca: tastefullyoffensive: [jhallcomics]

August 11, 2014

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9:12 PM | Background information on our “trophy fishing for species threatened with extinction” paper
Andrew and I (along with several co-authors) have a new paper out in the journal Marine Policy entitled “Trophy Fishing for Species Threatened with Extinction: A way Forward Based on a History of Conservation.” You can read the paper here, and view the official press release here (will be up soon) . We believe that this is an important […]
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