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Bucking the Trend: Lion Recoveries on Community Lands

By Fred Nelson Maliasili Initiatives The news on lion population trends across Africa in recent years has been consistently gloomy. Lion numbers are estimated to have declined by more than 40 percent during the past two decades, and up to an additional 50 percent decline is forecast for the next twenty years. Lions are extinct or…

What’s Happening on the Beach?

By Craig Jones Earlier this year, I was confronted head-on with some of the coastal engineering math I plowed through in college. The swell was topping out over 20 feet at the offshore Monterey Bay NOAA buoy. On top of that, spring tides were bringing the tides over 6 feet at the morning high tide.…

BioBlitz 2016 Introduction

A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place. In 2016, to celebrate the centennial, the BioBlitz initiative goes national! The cornerstone BioBlitz in the Washington, D.C. region will take place May 20-21, with over 200 BioBlitzes happening across the country and throughout the year.

The BioBlitz Dance Tutorial

By John Griffith, Inventor of the BioBlitz Dance The Bioblitz Dance is a celebration of the outdoors, human diversity, and biodiversity. This year, it is also a celebration of the centennial anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. What is a BioBlitz Event? A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as…

Imani’s BioBlitz

How to Run a Schoolyard BioBlitz

Streamed live on May 4, 2016 Interested in getting your students outside more? Want to prove that science is alive all around them? Join or start a bioblitz—an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a bioblitz, scientists, families,…

Let’s Focus On Real Solutions to Marine Litter

By Dr. Beth Lange, Chief Scientist at the Personal Care Products Council We can all agree on a desire for clean water and safe and healthy marine environments. These are especially important to me as a scientist and an avid outdoor enthusiast. But the contribution of microbeads to the islands of plastic that are polluting our oceans…

Deeper Grand Canyon, More Communal Colorado River Revealed in New Online Film

By Jeremy Monroe, Freshwaters Illustrated Photos by David Herasimtschuk In the arid Southwest, water is life… and the Colorado River is the artery that feeds communities and agricultural economies throughout the region. Yet, a little-known fact is that many of us who rely on the Colorado River’s water actually live outside of its natural watershed…

Indigenous Amazonians Reeling From Oil Spills in the Jungle

An oil pipe can burst anywhere, even deep in the Amazon. Even there, not only does the environment suffer, people must struggle with far-ranging damage and contamination.

OPINION: Why Destruction of Ivory Stockpiles Might Not Be a Good Idea

By Chip Burkhalter As Kenya prepares to destroy its entire wildlife products stockpile—an estimated 100 or more tons of elephant ivory, rhino horn, and parts from other species—at the end of April, some are welcoming this move as a bold display of defiance against trafficking of wildlife products. Billionaires, Hollywood celebrities, and other well-meaning but…

Beyond BP: Restoring Our Gulf of Mexico in the Era of Climate Change

By Bethany Carl Kraft, Ocean Conservancy The future of the Gulf is being shaped everyday. Six years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which took the lives of 11 workers, the grand experiment in the Gulf of Mexico continues to unfold in a unique crucible of complex science and complicated politics. Over…

Film Reveals Oregon’s Dirty Logging Secrets

By Natalie Bennon, Pacific Rivers If you’ve ever been to Oregon, you probably think of us as a green state – a utopia filled with people who recycle, ride bicycles, and hike and fish in healthy forests filled with clear streams. But when it comes to our forests and rivers, how real is that reputation?…

Keeping Track of ‘Students’ in a Shark Kindergarten

Remote cameras and careful tagging could solve some lingering mysteries around Clipperton Island.

What Two Decades of Change on Clipperton Island Looks Like

It’s a lucky scientist that gets to visit such a remote and difficult location twice in one career!

Ivory Burn in Malawi—A Strong Message Against Wildlife Crime

By Francis Phiri Malawi set light to 2.6 tonnes of ivory on March 14. To see the tusks go black in the flames was a somber experience; they came from something like 390 dead elephants. I’ve seen elephants alive in our national parks—they’re beautiful, majestic creatures, and I’m proud that we have them in Malawi.…