Are We Losing Our Wetlands Conservation Legacy?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Will wetlands and the services they provide remain a part of our conservation heritage? Have conservationists taken this wetland protection for granted? Are we at risk of losing one of our all-time greatest conservation successes? A Conservation Legacy, Draining Away.

Restoring Coastal Wetlands: Complex Problems Need Multiple Solutions

Nature Conservancy - Science

By Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. Lately, there has been a lot of controversy on how best to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. And fisheries will be affected either way.

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10 Fish Conservation Success Stories to Celebrate

Nature Conservancy - Science

But freshwater conservation isn’t always gloomy. As 2013 winds to a close, we celebrate by looking back at some of the most inspiring fish conservation success stories we’ve covered this year. The Conservancy’s Shasta Big Springs Ranch, California.

7 Science Innovations That Are Changing Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

And at The Nature Conservancy, science has guided everything we do for more than 65 years. Today, more than 600 Conservancy scientists are working all over the world to discover and apply solutions to the biggest challenges facing people and the planet.

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Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

Engaging in markets is not new for The Nature Conservancy. Property rights have long been the Conservancy’s primary transaction unit. As a consequence, the Conservancy’s ‘priorities’ could often be very precisely defined: a discrete property of interest.

Why The Nature Conservancy is Restoring Streams by Acting like a Beaver

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Nature Conservancy is working like a beaver ( Castor canadensis ) by mimicking beaver dam building to restore streams and floodplain habitat in Montana and California. Beavers Versus Old Growth: The Tough Reality of Conservation. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Kristen Podolak).

Walt Reid on Conservation Bright Spots & Systems Versus Species Thinking

Nature Conservancy - Science

Walt Reid, director of Conservation and Science at the Packard Foundation and past director of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Conservation science has changed a lot in the past two decades. Walt Reid is director of the Conservation and Science Program for the Packard Foundation.

Big Fish: Return of the Alligator Gar

Nature Conservancy - Science

Left to right) Nathan Grider of University of Illinois-Springfield, Doug Carney of Illinois Dept of Natural Resources, Nerissa Michaelsof the Illinois Natural History Survey and Tharran Hobson of The Nature Conservancy. Their presence makes the fishery, and the river, healthier.”.

Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

Nature Conservancy - Science

Behavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for conservation. A new paper in Conservation Letters helps practitioners tap into behavioral sciences.

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One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

Conservancy Talk

Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy. Bush has upheld a straightforward, three-word policy for protecting the nation’s sensitive and valuable coastal wetlands: No Net Loss. Rising sea levels make coastal wetlands increasingly important as a buffer from erosion and.

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Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature. As a former Wall Street banker, I do a lot of thinking about how we finance our conservation work.

Dead Zone Redemption

Nature Conservancy - Science

A Benefit of the Conservation Reserve Program: Paying Farmers to Grow Clean Water. This annual phenomenon is a detriment to human health, fisheries, economies and our natural resources. Louisiana offered opportunity to remove nutrients through floodplain conservation and restoration.

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What Does the Brexit Vote Mean for Conservation in Europe?

Conservancy Talk

Nature conservation isn’t isolated from politics. And so the recent Brexit vote has serious consequences for conservation, in both the UK, Europe, and beyond. This same atomization of society and silo-ing of cultures is a disaster for nature conservation, too.

Big Fish: Roadside Pike

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With hundreds of lakes, streams and wetlands within miles of Green Bay, it may seem odd to focus on ditches. As I stand by a ditch near Green Bay, Wisconsin with the Conservancy’s Nicole Van Helden and the University of Wisconsin’s Dan Oele, t hey’re quick to puncture this romanticized view.

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Recovery: Saving Lake Sturgeon, an Ancient Fish with a Bright Future

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Leading the effort has been Purdy Fisheries of Point Edward, Ontario. Wisconsin fisheries biologist Ryan Koenigs attributes the stunning sturgeon recovery in 138,000-acre Lake Winnebago and rivers that feed it to “public interest.”

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

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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. Male Bowfin hiding among vegetation in a restoration wetland.

Got Oysters? We Have an App for That

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Outtakes: On the Docks of the Mid-Atlantic’s Fisheries. By Nature Conservancy Magazine. For example, in some inland cities, water can be allocated for industry or municipal growth without consideration of what those decisions mean for fisheries and other coastal needs downstream.

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They’re Electric: Two New Fish Species Discovered in Gabon

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Sullivan found the specimen on an expedition to the Ogooué River in September 2014 jointly sponsored by CENAREST (Gabon’s science agency) and The Nature Conservancy. Taxonomy is often overlooked, so it’s fantastic that The Nature Conservancy funded this expedition,” he says.

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A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation

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by: The Conservation Fund [link] This new book from The Conservation Fund provides an important conservation resource for individuals, organizations, governments and businesses across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Star Spangled Science: Bouncing Back from Hurricane Sandy

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By Christine Shepard, The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team. Among other activities, in my position as a scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team I help decision makers make more informed decisions by developing decision support tools.

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Beyond the Power Struggle: The Science and Values of Sustainable Hydropower

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Doug Garletts, a fisheries biologist with the U.S. But The Nature Conservancy has a tradition of forging collaborations with those who plan, build and finance dams. In fact, that collaboration is central to our ongoing work in freshwater conservation.

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Bristol Bay Blog, Part 1: Understanding Remote, Wild Waters

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It has always been best known for its salmon population and the subsistence, commercial and recreational fisheries it supports. One of the Conservancy’s strengths is bringing data to complex conservation issue s. “We

Why We March for Science

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. As the CEO of a science-based organization, The Nature Conservancy, I understand that rigorous science is much more than an aesthetic benefit to egghead ecologists.

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For Earth Week: Three Transformative Ideas to Save the Planet

Conservancy Talk

One of conservation’s greatest success stories in recent years stems from an unlikely collaboration. The company joined forces with the Nature Conservancy and other organizations to develop monitoring systems and incentives for farmers who comply with Brazil’s environmental regulations. And the upstream conservation activities protect wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of droughts.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

10,000 Birds

The proposed rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 100 additional refuges and wetland management districts. There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts, including one within an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas. Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities on refuges help stimulate the economy and generate funding for wildlife conservation.

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Birds In a Changing Climate: A Primer

10,000 Birds

The few remaining climate scientists that deny this are one-by-one changing their minds or will eventually be exposed as complete frauds , due to who is funding their “research” People care about climate change because it threatens coastal areas, fisheries, and food and water supplies, which is why Secretary of State John Kerry stated (correctly, I think) it was a matter of national security. Climate Change.

Big Whoop, Indeed: Whooping Cranes in Louisiana!

10,000 Birds

In 2011, a collaborative effort among state and federal wildlife agencies teamed up with Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to begin releasing captive-bred birds into the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. Photo by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. In the fight against extinction, score one—actually, make that two—for Whooping Cranes.

A Global Partnership to Protect a Crucial Natural Asset

Conservancy Talk

They provide cost-effective defenses against storm surges and sea level rise, nurture healthy fisheries, purify water and support livelihoods across the globe. Emily Landis is The Nature Conservancy’s Wetlands Strategy Manager.

New Dietary Guidelines One of Many Tools for Protecting Planet

Conservancy Talk

Fresh produce at Washington’s Hedlin Farm, which works with TNC to incorporate flooding into its practices, creating important wetland habitat for shorebirds. Locally grown vegetables in Long Laay, an Indonesian village that TNC works with to implement conservation practices.

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“There Is Hope Now”- Conservationist On Egypt’s Post-Revolution Future

Green Prophet

Mindy Baha El Din was born in the US and came to Egypt in 1988 armed with a degree in Arabic and Economics as well as a passion for birdwatching, to establish a conservation education centre at Giza Zoo. Our fisheries are collapsing.

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Camera Traps, Reef Restoration & Satellite Imagery: Meet the 2015 Science Impact Project Class

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservation needs innovative science, but it also needs articulate scientists who can convey the full impact of their work to a wide variety of audiences. Measuring success in wildlife biodiversity conservation. Robyn James (Conservation Program Manager, Melanesia).

Designer Ecosystems

Nature Conservancy - Science

And in many areas wetlands were drained before we appreciated their importance in cleansing runoff waters and providing wildlife habitat. This test is favored by conservation biologists who value biodiversity. Similar results were found for wetlands in New York State.

Big, Bold & Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas

Nature Conservancy - Science

Now, a new book details the lessons learned by Australian scientists, policymakers, and communities during more than 130 years of marine conservation. Director of Conservation, TNC Australia. Q: How does that stack up against conservation targets?

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Matt Arnold

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature. Mark Tercek: I moved from Wall Street to the conservation world. I hold you at The Nature Conservancy in very high regard there.

Recovery: The Great Teddy Bear Rescue

Nature Conservancy - Science

Financed by the USDA’s Soil Conservation Service, farmers razed trees, bulldozing marketable timber into windrows and letting it rot. Black Bear Conservation Coalition partners repatriating bears to Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area.

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The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Atchafalaya River Basin: History and Ecology of an American Wetland (Texas A&M Press) is Piazza’s beautiful new synthesis of more than 300 contemporary and historic scientific studies of the ARB. Atchafalaya bald cypresses.

Pope Francis scooped on climate change doctrine!

Green Prophet

Many poor people live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to heating, and their livelihoods strongly depend on natural reserves and so-called ecosystem services, such as agriculture, fisheries, and forestry.”.

A Symbiotic Relationship of Community Resiliency: Red Cross and TNC

Conservancy Talk

As a social scientist that has worked at the intersection of conservation, disaster management, and international development over the last eight years, I was eager to participate in a workshop that brought together many pieces of my passion.

Insuring Nature, Ensuring Resilience

Conservancy Talk

Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, delivered at the Forum on July 19, 2017, in London. In 2008, when I heard that The Nature Conservancy (TNC, for short) was looking for a CEO, I threw my hat in the ring. Help them begin building a conservation ethic.

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Favorite Nature: Bryan Piazza on Coming to the Atchafalaya

Conservancy Talk

Bryan Piazza celebrates the Atchafalaya Basin in his new Texas A&M Press book The Atchafalaya River Basin: History and Ecology of an American Wetland. He recently sat down with Conservancy writer Cara Byington and shared the path that brought him to the Atchafalaya.

Birders are Freeloaders

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The Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, better known as the Duck Stamp, serves as both a migratory waterfowl hunting license and an entrance pass for National Wildlife Refuges where admission is normally charged.

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The Great Black Swamp and Toledo’s Water Crisis

Conservancy Talk

But when European settlers first reached the western shores of Lake Erie, they encountered a forested wetland that covered nearly 4,800 square miles in Ohio and Indiana. For more information about The Nature Conservancy’s work to battle algae blooms in the Great Lakes, see

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Carp and Collaboration

Conservancy Talk

These impacts have lead conservation organizations to generally oppose dams. Conservation organizations must find new solutions to ensure that this wave of hydropower development follows a path that still makes room for healthy, productive rivers.

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