Putting a price tag on ecosystem services

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) A recent article in the New York Times about the work Stanford University biology professor Gretchen Daily is doing in Africa and Costa Rica highlights the importance of ecosystem services, or putting a value on ecosystems. and he also explained as to why we should put a price tag on ecosystem services. InVest includes coastal and marine ecosystem services. There are companies who seek to quantify ecosystems.

Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America and of Northeastern North America: A Review of Two Field Guides

10,000 Birds

You can blame the nice people at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who took it upon themselves to send me a review copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America by Seabrooke Leckie and David Beadle. Moth plates from Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Southeastern North America. Moth plates from Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America (left plate) and Southeastern North America (two right plates). Happy May Day!

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Burning for Biodiversity: How Hunting Promotes Healthy Ecosystems in the Australian Desert

Nature Conservancy - Science

Now, anthropological research shows that Martu burning — performed during hunting for sand goanna — actually increases biodiversity and benefits the desert ecosystem. For comparison, only one native land mammal, the sea mink, went extinct in continental North America following European settlement. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should use caution viewing this post, as it may contain mentions of deceased persons. The air smells of smoke.

Nutcrackers, Whitebark Pine, and a Bond That Holds an Ecosystem Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

Her doctoral work here in Wyoming’s Bridger–Teton National Forest—just east of Grand Teton National Park and smack in the middle of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—has included 76 radio-tagged nutcrackers. Clark’s Nutcracker is a keystone species, whitebark pine is a keystone species, and they’re both in a key mutualism in this ecosystem,” she says. The whitebark pine and the Clark’s Nutcracker are evolutionary soul mates that help hold an ecosystem together.

What makes an entrepreneurial ecosystem?

The Green Changemakers

In other words, we operate our own proprietary ecosystem, designed to defeat toxic startup environments and to build scalable businesses. TheFamily — building our own private ecosystem against a toxic environment ‘Ecosystem’ : the problem is that the very term has become a bit of a cliché. It has become irritating to hear everyone talking about the damned ‘ecosystem’, all the more so because in reality it’s often not an ecosystem but a toxic environment for startups.

The Marsh Arabs Who Restored A Global Ecosystem

Green Prophet

In the first part of this two-piece feature , Azzam Alwash the director of Nature Iraq, spoke to us about his warm memories as a child visiting the Mesopotamian Marshlands of Iraq with his father; the shock he faced when he returned to Iraq from America in 2003 to find the marshes completely decimated under Saddam’s regime and his vow to help restore the wetlands to their former glory.

Adventures with Bowfin, North America’s Underdog(fish)

Nature Conservancy - Science

What we see today in the backwaters and wetlands of eastern North America is a modern representative of a very ancient line of “primitive” fishes or “living fossils,” organisms that appear to have changed little over time. In doing so, bowfin can help prevent the overpopulation of forage fishes and stunting in game fishes such as sunfish and bass, therefore maintaining a balanced ecosystem.

Recovery: America’s Dwarf Fox Gets a Second Chance

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish and Wildlife Service delisted three endangered subspecies of island fox, the smallest wild canid in North America and native to six of the eight Channel Islands off southern California. Invasive aliens were unraveling ecosystems. On August 11 the U.S. This was the fastest mammal recovery in Endangered Species Act history and one of the most challenging. Listing happened only 12 years ago. Related Articles. Recovery: The Great Teddy Bear Rescue. By Ted Williams.

5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

Conservancy Talk

This month The Discovery Channel premieres a new 7-part series, North America , that gives viewers and inside look at the animals and plants of North America. Our organization works across borders to protect lands and waters in North America and beyond, for people and for nature. The best part of North America ? But as wetlands continue to decline worldwide, the beaver’s ability to maintain the health of these unique ecosystems cannot be understated.

Environmental Impact of Pharmaceuticals on the Ecosystem - The Gradual Pollution of Major Bodies of Water

Celsias

Once upon a time, in a land almost no one living has ever seen, the rivers and streams of North America were so pure one could drink with cupped hands or a tin cup. One risked getting “beaver fever”, or Giardiasis, but few died from it, and pioneer medicine in the form of propolis (from bee hives) was remarkably effective. Fast forward to the 21 st century and there are no large, well-known rivers (or lakes) in which one should swim, let alone drink.

America throws US$ 11.4 billion in the trash annually

Green (Living) Review

That's a very good thing from a humanitarian point of view, but this change must be done in a way that protects the ecosystems which support all life on Earth. The United States throws $11.4 billion in the trash, every year, and this is no joke by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Can We Really Afford to Do That? The truth is that we can't!

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Report: Enough wind offshore to electrify America

Eco Friendly Daily

” Gordon continued, “Cape Wind will help to catalyze America’s use of offshore wind to become a major supply of energy for the Northeast.” In particular, unprecedented concentrations of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and other emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels threaten to alter the composition of the atmosphere and undermine the integrity of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

America No ‘A-Team’ For Jordan’s Green Future

Green Prophet

America joins Jordan in a celebration of green, but Laura’s not sold on the deal. . The USA and Jordan recently entered into environmental partnership, cosigning a plan to promote four distinct Jordanian initiatives: ecosystem conservation; increased education; improved private sector performance; and stronger environmental law.

A review of the birdcentric novel “Accidentals” (the title of which is in the plural for a reason)

10,000 Birds

He also discovers Alejandra, another accidental of sorts, a biologist who loves the marsh as much as Gabe’s rails do: “there are at least four different ecosystems in these twenty centimeters of water and mud,” she tells him on one of their first field-dates.

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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Find Me an Elm: Restoring America’s Iconic Tree Through Genetics

Nature Conservancy - Science

But the stately masters of the ecosystem? The Conservancy’s Angela Sirois-Piteo helps plant elm cuttings which may one day return this iconic tree to its rightful place in eastern ecosystems. Ecologist turned matchmaker: the Conservancy’s Christian Marks has been helping isolated elms find each other at 21 sites in 4 states. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer, The Nature Conservancy. Christian Marks runs a dating service. For elm trees.

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Report: Enough wind offshore to electrify America

Eco Friendly Daily

” Gordon continued, “Cape Wind will help to catalyze America’s use of offshore wind to become a major supply of energy for the Northeast.” In particular, unprecedented concentrations of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and other emissions resulting from the combustion of fossil fuels threaten to alter the composition of the atmosphere and undermine the integrity of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Can We Restore…Everything? 100 Words from Hobbs, Ellis, Marvier & Others

Nature Conservancy - Science

The paper highlighted one of the biggest scientific fault lines in conservation: Can such “novel” and “hybrid” ecosystems like that lot — human-altered places that include about 36 percent of Earth’s ecosystems, everything from farms to aquaculture to the plant-colonized sides of ruined buildings — ever be restored back to their prehistoric states? They argued that the very concept of the irreversible, phase-shifted novel ecosystem is unsupported by evidence.

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Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

10,000 Birds

Not only that, but the university retains on faculty a bona fide authority on the region’s avifauna: Professor Oliver Komar is the co-author of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America and as brilliant a field birder as I’ve ever met in the Neotropics. This ecosystem supports cool birds like Banded Wren , Lesser Ground-Cuckoo , and White-lored Gnatcatcher. Trips Central America Honduras

Embracing Your Future: Natural Swimming Pools

The Alien Next Door

The sleek vessel glides over Georgia Strait toward the Gulf Islands and you watch the view, reflecting on the history of NSPs in North America. But it took almost two decades for the NSP concept to catch on in North America. The first public NSP in North America was built in 2014 by BioNova in Webber Park , Minneapolis. In 2014, only one commercial NSP existed in North America. NSP schematic Natural swimming pools are balanced living aquatic ecosystems, you reflect.

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Birding Beyond Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

10,000 Birds

This heavenly peak, part of the Lago Yojoa Basin, is the largest limestone massif in Central America and home to all manner of montane rain forest birds. I really enjoyed experiencing both the natural attractions and the quiet mountain communities that work so actively and cooperatively to preserve this magical ecosystem. Destinations Central America Honduras

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Why Red-ruffed Fruitcrow?

10,000 Birds

But these tropical ecosystems also harbor families that remind us by their very presence just how close we’ve come to the Equator and how far we are from the poles. Encountering this stunner, one of the largest passerines in South America, raises a number of questions. Birds Colombia cotinga fruitcrows South America Tropical birding demands tropical birds, those families and genera unique to their latitudes rather than shared via migration across various climate zones.

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How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

Conservancy Talk

Show us the data. That’s what I hear almost every time I work with decision-makers. Governments and businesses aren’t going to invest in conservation without data showing the effectiveness of those initiatives. So this is a great opportunity for us – environmentalists – to give them that data. But the research-based evidence they need isn’t always available.

Q&A with Ian McAllister: Protecting the World’s Largest Remaining Temperate Rainforest

Conservancy Talk

The region represents half of Canada’s Pacific coast and is comprised of a thousand uninhabited islands, two thousand river valleys hosting wild salmon and one of the largest unexplored, unprotected marine ecosystems on earth. Yes, abundance of life has been diminished but this coast represents a tremendous opportunity for achieving a balance between ecosystem function and health with the needs of the small human population that exists here.

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The Green Buzz: Thursday, May 9

Conservancy Talk

IUCN has released a list of the world’s most endangered ecosystems. Animals Climate Change Conservation Issues Environmental News Environmental Science Global Warming Green Living Insects International North America Protected Areas Science Sustainable Livelihoods The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy chicago o''hare driving cars endangered ecosystems frankenfish GM salmon goats Grist Huffington Post IUCN MNN Mongabay moths npr salmon university of tokyo

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From Davos: Unleashing the Power of Nature in Cities

Conservancy Talk

Air Pollution Biodiversity Conservation Issues Ecosystem Services Environmental Science Green Economy Green Living Health Kids Land Use Mark's Desk North America Science Technology The Nature Conservancy Uncategorized United States Urban Water Conservation air pollution cities cities and nature cities environment cities nature clean cities clean water environmental health environmental stewards urban youth nature water fund water funds youth

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Celebrating Mexican Cuisine from Maya Forest to Chef’s Plate

Conservancy Talk

The Maya Forest, the largest tropical forest in the Americas after the Amazon , is actually teeming with biodiversity. The forest is also home to a dizzying array of migratory birds, which stop here on their long journeys between North and South America. Climate Change Conservation Issues Ecosystem Services Environmental Science Mexico North America Opinion The Nature Conservancy Uncategorized bees Editor's Choice fruits honeybees Mayan REDD

For the Love of Oysters

Nature Conservancy - Science

These hard working shellfish not only help improve the water quality and ecosystem health of our bays and estuaries, but the tens of thousands of oyster shells that make the foundation of oyster reefs also form natural barriers that can help reduce storm waves and mitigate the effects of sea-level rise. She is currently the strategy lead for Integrated Ocean and Coastal Management Conservancy’s North America Oceans and Coasts Program.

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For Earth Week: Three Transformative Ideas to Save the Planet

Conservancy Talk

We now have more than 30 similar funds across Latin America covering 7 million acres of watersheds. This piece originally appeared in the Milken Institute’s “ The Power of Ideas 2015 : A Collection of Insights to Transform the Future.” Milken recently published the anthology — which contains remarks from 18 thought leaders — in advance of next week’s 18th annual Milken Institute Global Conference.

Hummingbirds of Trinidad

10,000 Birds

The proprietor has stocked his spacious backyard with a veritable ecosystem of feeders and bird-friendly foliage. Birds Caribbean features hummingbirds South America trinidadThe Republic of Trinidad and Tobago may share equal billing in the dichotomous nation’s name, but Trinidad boasts the lion’s share of the land mass, population, and hummingbirds. My focus during my June 2012 visit was obviously on the hummingbirds.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, July 24

Conservancy Talk

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The Green Buzz: Wednesday, April 17

Conservancy Talk

No surprise here: America’s most controlled and plumbed river is also its most endangered. Endangered is the key word in today’s Green Buzz. Three years after the worst oil spill in American history, where are BP’s oiled animals ? ( MNN ). Endangered clean meat? More than half of supermarket meat tested positive for superbugs. ( New York Times ). Lionfish are gobbling up native fish and corals in the Gulf, like a “living oil spill.” ” ( NPR ).

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Saving the Forest for the Beers

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Topik, director of the Restoring America’s Forests initiative , knows this connection well. Topik is working on the national policy level to ensure adequate funding and legislation that will take care of America’s forests. Ideas Ecosystem Services Forests NaturePopQuick, name the ingredients necessary for a beer: Water. Barley. Those are the easy ones. But there’s another you might not have considered. Forests.

Review: Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil – The.

10,000 Birds

These Blasts From The Past Olympus Tracker 10-30×25 Zoom Review of Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire Review: Binocular Harness Howell and Webb’s ‘A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America’ The Shorebird Guide About the Author Corey Corey is a New Yorker who has lived most of his life upstate but has spent the last three years in Queens.

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The Amazing Lemming: The Rodent Behind the Snowy Owl Invasion?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Seeking to space themselves out, many of these young, well-fed owls are now invading unusually southern latitudes throughout North America. Beyond their role in the lives of owls, lemmings influence almost all aspects of arctic ecosystems. Lemmings influence almost all aspects of arctic ecosystems. Over decades of study, scientists have settled on two things about lemmings: (1) they are foundational prey species of arctic ecosystems; and (2) their populations are cyclical.

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A Cash Crop of Costa Rican Mammals (with a Sloth Cameo)

Nature Conservancy - Science

That’s a serious question and — with similar scenarios across the world from wolves and livestock in North America to elephants trampling crops in Africa — a difficult and important one for farmers and conservationists to work out. One promising solution is Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), a system in which people are paid to protect areas of land that benefit people in a variety of ways. Citizen Science Agriculture Ecosystem Services Mammals Nature + People Try This

This Earth Day, Let’s Picnic for Earth!

Conservancy Talk

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Plight of the Bumble Bee: Conserving Imperiled Native Pollinators

Nature Conservancy - Science

You’ve probably heard about the problems facing honey bees across North America, as hives disappear in the face of “colony collapse disorder.” This loss of bumble bees could have severe consequences for native ecosystems and for agriculture. They’re also vital pollinators – more important to ecosystems than the non-native honey bee. Your personal actions can native pollinators – protecting not only cool critters but also vital ecosystem services.

Oyster Reefs: How Much is Enough?

Conservancy Talk

Oysters were a dietary staple for Native Americans and then for early European settlers, who described the abundance of oysters along North America’s coasts as navigational hazards. Working alongside partners and nearly 20,000 volunteers, we’ve helped reestablish oyster reefs along the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean with the aim of restoring the benefits, or ecosystem services, they provide for people and nature. Oysters are amazing.

Operation Osprey Banding

Conservancy Talk

This summer’s crop of babies will migrate with their parents to South America in September. Animals Birds Featured Post 1 Insects South America The Nature Conservancy United States bird banding bird conservation bird migration bird of prey damon noe Delaware Bay marsh ecosystem maurice river migration migratory birds New Jersey osprey osprey banding Mary Conti is the public relations manager for The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey.

Hero Against the Bully: Rachel Parent and GMO Labeling

The Alien Next Door

The Right To Know Rachel Parent No matter what people might believe about GMO and its effects on ecosystem function, biological integrity and human health, enough concern has been raised to warrant clarity in product description. The evidence, in fact, is clear regarding the risk to both human health andnatural ecosystems that GMO pose. When she was twelve years old, Rachel Parent did a school project on genetically modified foods. It changed her life. That was two years ago.

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For the Love of Oysters

Nature Conservancy - Science

These hard working shellfish not only help improve the water quality and ecosystem health of our bays and estuaries, but the tens of thousands of oyster shells that make the foundation of oyster reefs also form natural barriers that can help reduce storm waves and mitigate the effects of sea-level rise. She is currently the strategy lead for Integrated Ocean and Coastal Management Conservancy’s North America Oceans and Coasts Program.

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The Birds of Peru’s Coastal Desert

10,000 Birds

The coastal desert is a unique ecosystem, supporting birds adapted to life in these harsh conditions. Birds desert Peru South AmericaAlfredo Begazo grew up with Peruvian Meadowlarks and Marvelous Spatuletails, and was used to waking up to the morning choruses of Pacific Doves in Lima, Peru. He now wakes up to the choruses of Northern Cardinals and Northern Mockingbirds in sunny Vero Beach, Florida.

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How Nature Can Improve China’s Water Quality

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. Air quality is often top of mind in conversations about China’s pollution challenges. But as I met with the Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) volunteer leaders recently in China, water pollution was another big topic of discussion.

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