She first heard it while reading a book. Not that book. “The Serengeti Shall Not Die” by Bernard and Michael Grzmek, who in 1959 sounded the alarm about the dramatic loss of wildlife in the East African plains known for iconic species like lion, wildebeest, elephant, and giraffe.
After completing her undergraduate coursework, she answered the call.
“I sold everything I owned, and bought a plane ticket to Kenya,” said Jean Brennan, the conservation science and climate adaptation coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications program in the North Atlantic-Appalachian region. …
By the end of April, many home gardeners have started tomato, lettuce, and pepper plants in pots on windowsills in hopes of feeding themselves in late summer. Ela Carpenter will have started hundreds of wild indigo plants in hopes of feeding butterflies.
Not on her windowsill, in a greenhouse at Masonville Cove, a Baltimore-based Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership — sites where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the community, and partners have come together to promote conservation.
On warm, windless days in late spring, small brown butterflies flit among yellow wildflowers blooming around earthen mounds within a secured perimeter on Cape Cod. Until 1999, those mounds held shooting targets for soldiers in training.
“In just 20 years, we’ve transformed an old rifle range into a flagship conservation area for a whole suite of species, including the frosted elfin butterfly,” said Jake McCumber, Natural Resources and Training Lands Manager for the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Today, the retired portion of the range at the National Guard’s Camp Edwards is a prime example of pine barrens, a rare habitat…
The Nature Place, an environmental education center and the headquarters of the conservation organization Berks Nature, sits on the outskirts of Reading, Pennsylvania, a city of 88,000.
But Kim Murphy wants it to feel like the heart of the community.
“We are committed to working with all of Reading’s populations and schools to meet their needs,” said Murphy, president of Berks Nature. The challenge? “We’re not fully versed in how best to do so.”
In Reading, more than 30 percent of residents are living in poverty, and the majority are from racial and ethnic groups that have historically been excluded…
In midwinter, many of us look to a stocky rodent in Pennsylvania to forecast the coming of spring.
Birders, however, look up.
“For birds, the days are getting longer, and it’s time to court,” explained Patrick Comins, executive director of the Connecticut Audubon Society. In fact, he’s been seeing, and hearing, the signs for a few weeks.
For instance, one mid-January morning, Comins heard herring gulls chasing one another as they flew over his house.
“Just from the calls, I could tell it was courtship behavior,” said Comins, explaining that males make a distinctive sound as they fly after females…
On more than six million acres in Maine and Canada, J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI), manages a diverse forested landscape that produces timber for construction, wood chips for glossy newspaper inserts, and wood pellets for fuel. It also supports a majority of the habitat for Furbish’s lousewort.
The company counts this rare plant, which is only known from the banks of the Saint John River, among its natural assets.
“It’s an honor really,” said Kelly Honeyman, Irving’s chief naturalist. “What other forestry company can say they protect more than half of the habitat for an entire species?”
Emily Dziedzic started to think about a career in conservation science in her late 20s. But with a degree in art history, she knew it would be a long path.
Ultimately, white-nose syndrome convinced her it was the path she had to take. First detected in upstate New York in 2006, the disease has now spread to 35 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces, devastating populations of hibernating bats along the way.
“I had to complete years of undergraduate coursework first, but when I started working towards graduate school, it was specifically because I wanted to do something to help…
December. The holidays are upon us. Last year’s New Year’s resolutions are buried beneath the pile of books you didn’t read. You’re having those recurring dreams about sugarplums again. And that reindeer you heard prancing on the roof last night? Actually a squirrel making a nest in the chimney.
Sometimes “the most wonderful time of year” can be a little overwhelming. Get ready to feel jolly: We can help you tackle your holiday shopping and get a jumpstart on a happy New Year with our guide to gifts that help support fish, wildlife and their habitats. …
Think cranberry bog, and you probably picture farmers waist deep in water, corralling herds of floating crimson berries destined to adorn a Thanksgiving turkey or tofurkey somewhere. Or quite possibly both.
But when cranberry farmers decide to hang up their waders for good, the picture of a bog starts to change. Fields engineered to be flooded seasonally turn into shrubby wetlands. Rare bladderworts and bog asphodel appear among the cranberry plants. Pine Barrens tree frogs breed in pools of water once dotted with floating berries.
For land managers, the new picture looks like a conservation opportunity.
“By taking advantage of…
When miners dug into rich deposits of graphite and iron ore in New York’s Adirondacks region in the 19th century, they carved out a place in history — providing the raw materials that shaped the nation and world in the industrial age.
But they also left something behind: enormous underground cavities that have become the setting for an important chapter in our natural history. Today’s stewards of these mines — and the forests around them — may help determine how that story ends.
When miners left, bats moved in.
“It happened pretty quickly,” said Carl Herzog, a wildlife biologist for…
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