Songs from the Forest

10,000 Birds

The song referred to is that of the Wood Thrush , one of the natural world’s most beautiful singers, and a familiar sound to anyone who has spent time in the forests of eastern North America in summer.

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Fish of the Forest: Large Wood Benefits Salmon Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

Binge ‘Til You Burst: Feast & Famine on Alaskan Salmon Rivers. Activities that impact small streams and rivers, such as logging, development, pollutants and climate change, therefore directly threaten these species. Why Do River Systems Need More Wood?

Forest Soundscapes Hold the Key for Biodiversity Monitoring

Nature Conservancy - Science

Across the river and up a steep mountainside, birds-of-paradise call raucously through the rainforest canopy, adding their calls to the nearly deafening insect chorus. To the ear, both garden and forest are awash with noise. Morning in Musiamunat village.

UN Report: 90% of illegal logging may be linked to organised crime

Green Prophet

Illegal logging is not only killing the planet – it is supporting organised crime too. Back in 2010 we reported on the case of Moroccan activist Mohammed Attaoui who was facing imprisonment for his stance against illegal logging. Living in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, Attaoui insisted that ‘mafia-style’ corruption was behind illegal logging which threatened the protected cedar of Morocco. Jordanian Bank Buys 1/4 of A Congo Forest.

Berry Springs Nature Reserve and Darwin River Dam

10,000 Birds

We headed off down the short trail and it soon became a boardwalk with dense rain-forest. Then another flick of leaves and we had an Arafura Fantail flicking around on a log. I suggested that we visit Darwin River Dam next, because it was not far away and we had never been there. Crocodile warning at Darwin River Dam. A delightful pair of Forest Kingfishers perched on a tree in the last light as we left the dam area to return to town. Pair of Forest Kingfishers.

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Go with the Flow: Using Flow Experiments to Guide River Management

Nature Conservancy - Science

A river’s form and function are profoundly woven together. Rivers and streams have seen widespread habitat and species loss, prompting extensive restoration efforts. Often, when people think of restoration, they think of a river’s form : How wide or meandering is the channel?

How Fire Can Restore a Forest (TIME LAPSE VIDEO)

Conservancy Talk

Rich recently returned from an assignment for Nature Conservancy magazine documenting the regrowth of a forest after a controlled burn. I found myself in this beautiful old-growth forest on a unique mission: document the changes of a controlled burn using time-lapse photography.

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Dead Wood & Migrating Salmon: Restoring a Southeast Alaska Stream

Nature Conservancy - Science

Streams in Southeast Alaska can’t function ecologically without fallen logs. That’s why I’m jumping over logs with U.S. Forest Service biologist Sheila Jacobson and hydrologist Sean Claffey. Salmon have long defined Prince of Wales Island and the Tongass National Forest.

Harvesting Whitebark Pine Cones to Save a Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

Saving the Forest for the Beers. Logging Ash to Save Hemlocks. Since the summer of 2009, I’ve been part of a crew of independent contractors working seasonally on whitebark pines for the US Forest Service. Whitebark pine cones in the Wind River Mountains.

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. PIAZZA: It started after the disastrous Mississippi River flood of 1927 , when the U.S.

Babirusa: Conserving the Bizarre Pig of the Sulawesi Forest

Nature Conservancy - Science

The babirusa roams the remote forests of Sulawesi and nearby Indonesian islands. It is found only on remote forested islands, where it evolved in isolation. It roams in large herds in the forest, and is now mainly restricted to protected areas. Logging changed the balance.

The Power of a Healthy Watershed for Energy Security in Gabon

Nature Conservancy - Science

Notes from the field: Mb é river watershed, Estuaire province, Gabon. Forests, Elephants, and Hydropower, Oh My! The day after arriving in Gabon, our team made the three-hour drive to the Mont de Cristal mountains along with partners from the Ministry of Forests and Water.

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Billion hectares of forests with potential for restoration, study shows

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Land areas around the world, bigger in combined size than Canada, have been identified as having potential to be restored to good quality, healthy forests, so a new study has found. Restoring forests to some of these lands could be achieved without prejudicing other vital land uses, such as food production. At the same time, the Earth’s forests continue to shrink, and what’s left is increasingly being degraded.

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Alaska Day: Birds and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

10,000 Birds

By protecting 25 free-flowing Alaskan rivers in their natural state, we are almost doubling the size of our Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Chugach National Forest. Tongass National Forest. October 18 is a legal holiday in the 49th state.

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The Deceit of Yes/No Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Should rivers run free? Should rivers burn? Say ‘No’ to Logging Santa Cruz’s Redwoods? I live in Santa Cruz and am one of thousands of people that flock to hike, bike and camp in these forests. A “no” to logging in Santa Cruz does not reduce timber demand.

End of the Hemlocks, a Lament

Conservancy Talk

Hemlock forest. Even Asian carp , currently the most talked-about invasive species in the Midwest, were largely ignored until they began to heave their bodies out the water and lash Illinois River anglers across their startled faces. Rafting the Gauley River. Photo: Kent Mason.

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Flight Behavior

The Alien Next Door

The book starts with her scrambling up the forested mountain—slated to be clear cut—behind her eastern Tennessee farmhouse; she is desperate to take flight from her dull and pointless marriage of myopic routine. The forest blazed with its own internal flame. This was no forest fire.

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A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist: Indonesian Borneo Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

Their howls can carry through the dense forest for more than a kilometer, so the thin wooden walls of our room in the Karya Lestari logging camp pose no barrier. Our Indonesian colleagues and logging camp staff douse everything thoroughly with chili sauce.

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The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

Nature Conservancy - Science

And I have a long history with this strange denizen of forest and bog. In Louisiana, where I live, the woodcock’s arrival again brings me good news – cooling temperatures and crisp mornings in the Atchafalaya River Basin behind bird dogs.

For World Orangutan Day, An Ambitious Plan to Save These Great Apes

Nature Conservancy - Science

Faced with deforestation, poaching, the illegal pet trade and forest fires, orangutan populations have reached a critical point. Calculating Uncertainty in the Forest Carbon Equation. Mapping Reduced-Impact Logging with Lidar.

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7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

10,000 Birds

Strong populations of birds reside in the hardwood forests and dense understories in this north-eastern location of West Virginia. The coves are populated with oak, hemlock, poplar, and the area is stream-rich (including a Class V river gorge) with lush understories and shrubs.

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Wood Ducks! Need I say More?

10,000 Birds

There is a hidden cove in Anderson River Park in Northern California where birders know they can almost always find Wood Ducks (Axi sponsa). Since I hadn’t been to Anderson River Park for awhile, I stopped by last week and found some Wood Ducks at the usual spot.

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How Does Deforestation Affect Animals?


Forests cover 31 percent of earth’s land. These plants and animals are integral to forest ecosystems and provide countless ecosystem services to humans. If forests ceased to exist humans would be unable to survive. Forest fire. #3 protecting forested areas.

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Ashhole update

Environmental Economics

The upside: The banks of the [Olentangy River after removal the 5th Avenue dam in downtown Columbus] are being built up and extended with large, submerged logs as the foundation. The big logs came from Columbus trees.

The Alberta Wildfire: Putting Fiery Chaos Into Perspective

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Nature Conservancy in Canada ’s forest expert Ronnie Drever puts the fiery chaos into perspective. Caused by hot, dry and windy weather, the fire covers almost 580,000 hectares of boreal forest, an area 100 times the size of Manhattan.

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In a Remote Alaska Rainforest, a Tribe Protects Habitat and Restores Culture

Nature Conservancy - Science

On Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, the restoration of rivers goes hand-in-hand with the restoration of cultural traditions. Intense logging and other habitat degradation seriously affected the salmon, but the fish still provide for the Haida. Hydaburg”s Totem Park.

St. Michael’s summer birding along the Danube in Serbia

10,000 Birds

The deep beech forest of Djerdap was still full of birds. In two months they will depart for valleys, leaving the bare branches bare of birds, too – apart from woodpeckers – but for now they are in the forest. Soon afterwards, we leave the forest.

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Ghana – Rainforest Birding on the Brink by Adam Riley

10,000 Birds

It is situated outside the rainforest belt, offering mostly dry savanna bird species, waterbirds along the Gambia River and Palearctic migrants. Although this park was logged in the past, as a national park it is one of the few forests in Ghana that is really protected. . Most importantly the Upper Guinea forests, one of Africa’s two major rainforest regions (the other being the far more extensive Lower Guinea forests of the Congo basin and surrounding areas).

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Bird Migration and Conservation Meet at Selva Bananito, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

A River of Raptors is flowing in the Caribbean lowlands, the tens of thousands of vultures and hawks flanked by streams of Chimney Swifts and swallows. Parrots galore : Down by this one river, there were flocks of Mealy, Red-lored, White-crowned, Blue-headed, and Brown-hooded Parrots.

The great green Caribbean lowlands – Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Having mobility issues, I skipped their hike through the forest and some 30 metres climb up the Kekoldi raptor-watching tower. A river of raptors, to be more precise.

Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

10,000 Birds

There are the seven sections: (1) Birds of Rivers and Wetlands; (2) Birds of Plains and Open Woodlands; (3) Birds of Broadleaved Woodland and Camps; (4) Birds of Forests and Riverine Thicket; (5) Birds of Prey and Vultures; (6) Birds of the Air (swifts and swallows); (7) Night Birds.

10 Solutions for Natural Resource Depletion


These substances include minerals, forests, water, fertile soil and more. Promote Sustainable Forest Management. Forests are full of natural resources. Yet, we’re destroying forests faster than the earth can replenish them — at a rate of about 60 acres each minute.

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Bird Watching Rio Canande Reserve

10,000 Birds

We scheduled a visit to Rio Canande Reserve of the Jocotoco Foundation which has access to this forest and provides very good accommodations with excellent trails. A Doubled-toothed Kite posed in the forest in front of us while I snapped some more pictures.

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Flight Over the Bas-Ogooué: Using Drones to Map Gabon’s Wetlands

Nature Conservancy - Science

How do you map a nearly inaccessible 9,000-square-kilometer African wetland that is home to hippos, forest elephants, crocodiles, and the notorious Gaboon viper? A Wild River in a Wild Country. Forests cover 85 percent of Gabon, making it the world’s second most forested country.

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On non-use values, second best, job creation and other oddly related things

Environmental Economics

The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline — a 40 percent slide in 25 years. Previous plans had prohibited logging in areas designated as critical habitat.

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The Best of Cool Green Science 2016: From the Field Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

And the Cool Green Science staff is right there with them, bringing readers along for the ride as our scientists — and other conservation scientists around the world — map forests with lasers, use facial-recognition technology for sustainable fisheries, and restore sagebrush with a pasta maker.

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My Wild Trip to Borneo

Conservancy Talk

In Costa Rica, I experienced how important tropical forests were to the amazing diversity of life on this planet, and I wanted to be a part of the fight to protect them. The plants and animals were my reason for wanting to help protect the forest.

10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

Nature Conservancy - Science

Petrified Forest National Park. Sculpted by the Gunnison River over 2 millions years, the canyon walls are nearly 2,000 feet tall, with near-vertical drops down to the river. Petrified National Forest National Park , Arizona. Photo: © Andrew V Kearns VIP/NPS. By Justine E.

Mount Alexandra Nature Reserve-Mittagong

10,000 Birds

Having spent a few days in Sydney with my sister and family and doing the two long walks in the Royal National Park and Georges River National Park we headed south to stay at Mittagong in the Southern Highlands. The native plants that they were attracted to were generally the tallest trees in the forest making observations a challenge and photography impossible. Even the red and blue of the Crimson Rosellas appeared to blend into the forest!

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: the Tiger Afternoon

10,000 Birds

The lake consists of a large body of open water, a belt of tall yellow grass (where a big orange cat can blend and disappear if it chooses so) and, all around it, thick forests of predominantly teak, interspersed with thickets of bamboo. We continue slowly between the forest and the grass, watching carefully for any move. The Indian River Tern is checking the scene and, to complete it, the eagle we weren’t able to ID comes closer. Maharashtra, February 2013.

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Into the Gorge for Native Trout

Conservancy Talk

This forested chasm is Pennsylvania ’s deepest river gorge and heart of the 20,000-acre Ohiopyle State Park , regional jewel of wild diversity and outdoor adventure. Show them movement or incongruent color and they’re gone in a streak beneath boulder or log.

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Recovery: Rehoming Brook Trout, the Dweller of Springs

Nature Conservancy - Science

Where the River Meets the Road: Reconnecting Adirondack Brook Trout Streams. And he oversees habitat work by the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition and Trout Unlimited , including the planting of streamside vegetation, log insertion and restoration of pools and riffles.

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What Are the Major Threats to Biodiversity?


We are: wholesale clearing forests and wetlands. In clear cutting of forests and clearing land for development, the roots of vegetation which hold the soil structure together are stripped and the topsoil containing nutrients critical for sustaining plant life is washed away. .

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