Dead Wood & Migrating Salmon: Restoring a Southeast Alaska Stream

Nature Conservancy - Science

Streams in Southeast Alaska can’t function ecologically without fallen logs. A neat and tidy stream looks scenic to our eyes, suitable for calendar photos and nature blogs. For a salmon on its spawning run, though, a neat and tidy stream is a dead end.

Where the River Meets the Road: Reconnecting Adirondack Brook Trout Streams

Nature Conservancy - Science

The brook trout is the jewel of streams in the eastern United States. Relatively simple fixes in culvert design could reconnect miles of habitat for brook trout, one of the most iconic fishes of eastern streams, and prevent flooding during severe storms. Jewel of the Forest Stream.

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Saving the Forest for the Beers

Nature Conservancy - Science

Forests. Beer relies on healthy, functioning forests. Without those forests, it’s difficult to find clean water. The Nature Conservancy’s Chris Topik, director of the Restoring America’s Forests initiative , knows this connection well. Forest Service lands.

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Fish of the Forest: Large Wood Benefits Salmon Recovery

Nature Conservancy - Science

As they draw down their yolk stores, juvenile salmon begin feeding on the stream’s insect life. Dead Wood & Migrating Salmon: Restoring a Southeast Alaska Stream. Binge ‘Til You Burst: Feast & Famine on Alaskan Salmon Rivers. Why Do River Systems Need More Wood?

How Well are the World’s Rivers Protected?

Nature Conservancy - Science

To what extent are the world’s rivers protected? In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) set a 17 percent target for the protection of ‘inland waters,’ including rivers. That pollution finds its way into a downstream river reach that flows through a well-protected reserve.

Penobscot River Dam Removal: Lessons for a World Demanding Energy

Nature Conservancy - Science

A Caterpillar demolition machine tears down the Great Works Dam on the Penobscot River, Maine. Then, 100 years ago, a series of hydropower dams were built on the river that blocked the salmon migration ; their annual appearance nearly sputtered out.

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. Dead Wood & Migrating Salmon: Restoring a Southeast Alaska Stream.

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. Flow Experiments” to Guide River Management. Process-based Principles for Restoring River Ecosystems.

Seeing the Salmon Forest through the Trees

Conservancy Talk

“We should create a hashtag for this assignment,” said Taylor Rees, the freelance producer who traveled with Travis Rummel of Felt Soul Media and me on a 10-day trip into Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Salmon forest.

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10 Fish Conservation Success Stories to Celebrate

Nature Conservancy - Science

It’s true: around the globe, many rivers and lakes aren’t what they used to be. It far exceeded Herrington’s hope , with as many as 280,000 total migratory shad now in the river system! Do pike return to spawn in the streams where they were born, a la salmon?

Potrero de Yala – Lakes – Yungas Forest and Birds

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This is an important conservation area declared a Biosphere by UNESCO for its unique cloud forest ecosystem. This was a good choice and soon we were driving along the Yala River looking for the Rufous-throated Dipper. We found a large field on the right side with a downhill road to the left that led to the river. We parked and walked down to the river and there it was: the Dipper doing its thing for a minute or so before he took off down the river.

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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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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. Haida community members were trained in ecological monitoring protocol so they could restore streams important for their community’s food and culture.

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Amazon and Other Regions at Risk as Brazil’s Senate Poised to Strip Forest Protections

Green (Living) Review

Forest area the size of Texas could be lost, says WWF. “ The proposed changes to the Forest Code severely contradict Brazil’s recent efforts to position itself as a global environmental leader. We are watching. a clear attempt to dismantle Brazil’s environmental legislation.

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How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Some lucky kids who live near forested rivers, streams, or other wetlands from southern Mexico all the way to the Brazilian Pantanal might be familiar with one of the more unique members of the avian kind.

Welcome to the Blue Heart of Europe

Conservancy Talk

It is no small coincidence that when the directors of the film version of Chronicles of Narnia were searching for a location to film a dream-like river, they settled on a river in the Balkans.

Can the Mat-Su Become the First Place in History Where People and Salmon Thrive Together?

Nature Conservancy - Science

This is a small stream born out of the glaciers in the Talkeetna Mountains. It flows into the mighty Susitna River – renowned for how it pulses with salmon each summer – then rages unfettered down to the valley floor and into the sea at Cook Inlet.

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Massive Water Main Break Underscores Water Challenges – and Solutions

Conservancy Talk

This amounts to around one-eighth the average amount of water withdrawn each day from the Potomac River to provide drinking water to the entire metropolitan region. The Potomac River basin would do well to heed the lessons learned elsewhere. Image: Potomac River.

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Beavers Versus Old Growth: The Tough Reality of Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

That’s the situation at the Conservancy’s Woodbourne Forest Preserve in north-central Pennsylvania. After all, haven’t beavers been shaping the forests for millennia? Beavers profoundly change waters and forests with their activity. The forest had years to regenerate.

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Recovery: Ranching Gone Right

Nature Conservancy - Science

Not that there still aren’t plenty of grazing abuses, but a new generation of green ranchers are restoring grasslands, repairing watersheds, reconnecting rivers and maintaining wildlife corridors. Horse Basin, a pasture on the Mountain Springs Ranch allotment in the Salmon River watershed.

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Solar-powered radio station to spread the light in forest of Oshwe


B.Sameer Kumar: Deep in the forests of Congo, it is almost impossible to get any good communication network going and the thick rainforests crisscrossed by endless streams and various rivers present are a challenge just to access. Sun-Powered Forest Radio.

Reviving the Commons: Using Incentives to Protect the Nation’s Sources of Fresh Water

Nature Conservancy - Science

Streams and rivers provide 65 percent of America’s drinking water as well as a host of other critical services, including food production, irrigation, hygiene, hydropower and recreation. Vannote, Stroud Water Research Center), allowing cattle to access streams (G; photograph by B.

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Recovery: Gila Topminnow, A Desert Native Gets a Second Chance

Nature Conservancy - Science

On the morning of November 13, 2015 he and colleagues from his agency, Friends of the Santa Cruz River, Sonoran Institute, National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey were doing routine fish sampling with a portable shocker on the Santa Cruz River in southeastern Arizona.

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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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The Deceit of Yes/No Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Should rivers run free? Should rivers burn? I live in Santa Cruz and am one of thousands of people that flock to hike, bike and camp in these forests. How Well-Managed Forests Could Change Your Response. I had never walked a forest with a forester before.

In a Warming World, What Happens to the Trees?

Green Home Blog

Plant a tree Across the American West, increasing heat and drought have killed a number of old-growth forests. In the future, though, these newer, less established forests may fall prey to sudden, cataclysmic demise. It is sad to lose a forest.

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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.

Bioacoustics for Conservation Land-Use Planning

Nature Conservancy - Science

The forest seems endless. Standing on a ridgeline in Papua New Guinea, I can see vivid green forest stretching for miles in every direction. White mists rise from the river several hundred meters below, following the water as it winds between folded mountains.

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

Nature Conservancy - Science

But now the fat is down, and she’s hoping her quarry doesn’t notice the metal frame of a bownet trap camouflaged with leaf litter and forest duff. “C’mon The whitepine forests of Bridger-Teton National Park. Forest Service could afford.

Traveling Naturalist: 5 Top Spots to See Yellowstone’s Wildlife

Nature Conservancy - Science

A large bull elk peers from the forest at Yellowstone National Park. Elk, with little to fear, began lolly-gagging in streams, pounding vegetation much like grazing livestock. 2. The Yellowstone River. Cutthroats migrate out of Yellowstone Lake to the river to spawn.

Nature Needs New Financial Solutions

Conservancy Talk

In recent years, the American Southwest has become the theatre of some of the worst forest fires in memory – an epidemic described well in a recent piece by Richard Schiffman in The Atlantic. The challenge of better managing both issues converges in the forests of the Southwest.

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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May Warblers, Costa Rican Style

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A bird of the high elevation cloud forest, this stunner only occurs in Costa Rica and western Panama. The most numerous resident wood-warbler species in Costa Rica, the Rufous-capped Warbler lives in coffee fields, dry forest, and second growth. May migration is legendary.

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Growing Up Wild: Wilderness Backpacking with My Daughter

Conservancy Talk

The Otter Creek Wilderness area is part of the nearly million-acre Monongahela National Forest , which blankets some of the highest peaks in West Virginia. . West Virginia’s forests are home to the relatively shy black bear. . Our first stream crossing led to an impromptu swim.

Nature’s Role in Providing Clean Water in Africa

Conservancy Talk

It stands to good reason, then, that The Nature Conservancy has prioritized the protection of water and its many sources—lakes, rivers, wells and springs. “Water is life.” The catchphrase captures the fundamental importance of water within nearly every aspect of our lives.

Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

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Savannah River. Measure 2A Parks and Open Space – Healthy Parks and Rivers for Everyone. Voters across the country support environmentally conscious ballot initiatives.

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10 Weird Ways You Could Be Spreading Invasive Species

Nature Conservancy - Science

Backyard ponds can flood into nearby streams or rivers, taking invasives with them. These trees may be dying due to forest pests. These pests exact a heavy toll on our forests. Deer clear the forest of undergrowth, leaving a lot of disturbed soil.

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Por Favor, Brasil: Keep Debating, and You Can Change the World

Conservancy Talk

Indeed, a sense of frustration streamed through the Brazilian Water Resources Forum in Bento Gonzales this past November. A particularly lively session focused on the Tapajós River —a tributary of the Amazon about the size of the Ohio River. by Michael A.

The Cure for Binocular Neck: Birding in Montana

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Custer Gallatin National Forest. In the valley of the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers, snuggled up against Rocky Mountain ranges, sits the little western town of Big Timber, Montana.

In Pursuit of a Better Tomorrow


Blantyre rural area has evolved into a corroborative community project to replenish the depleted hills and river banks with trees, reports Deogracias Benjamin Kalima: To say that Malawi has been hit by deforestation is an understatement. What started as a few peoples’ efforts in.

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Kicking Off the Bird Count Season at Cangreja, Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Thanks to roads that pass through forested ridges, it’s easier to see raptors a Cangreja than some other sites. The White-vented Euphonia is more forest based than other euphonia species in Costa Rica. Sunbittern occurs along the streams.

Unlock a New Way of Seeing the World as a Master Naturalist

Nature Conservancy - Science

Field notes taken by forest guards examining flora and fauna in the Wehea forest of Kalimanta, Borneo, Indonesia. The Wehea forest is the site of continuing forest research by The Nature Conservancy. Becoming a Master Naturalist is easier than you think.

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Recovery: Rehoming Brook Trout, the Dweller of Springs

Nature Conservancy - Science

miles of 11 park streams. Where the River Meets the Road: Reconnecting Adirondack Brook Trout Streams. Fishery crew surveying a brook trout stream in GRSM via electrofishing. (In However, the stream has to be fairly small for electrofishing to prove a viable method.

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