In Pictures: Saving Papua New Guinea’s Sea Cucumbers

Nature Conservancy - Science

View photographs from our reporter’s journey to Manus, where local communities are taking sustainable sea cucumber management into their own hands. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Asia Pacific Fish Fisheries Indigenous Peoples Manus sea cucumber expedition TNC Science

Encountering Wild Boar in New Guinea

Nature Conservancy - Science

Especially not in New Guinea. Wild boar are not a native species here — most native mammals are marsupial-like species — so what is it doing in Papua New Guinea? To find out, we need to go back 50,000 years, when the first settlers are thought to have arrived in New Guinea.

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Extreme Birding: Entering Un-Birded Territory in Papua New Guinea

Nature Conservancy - Science

Above, left, right, and center — calls ricochet off the dense vegetation of the Papua New Guinea rainforest, seemingly coming from everywhere and nowhere at once. Are the tropics (and Papua New Guinea) birding nirvana? A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist – Papua New Guinea Edition.

GHANA – Upper Guinea Forest Birding at its best!

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Sadly, though much of the Upper Guinea Forest remains at threat from illegal logging and clearing areas for farming. Chris Townend is an ace birder, keen conservationist, and proprietor of Wise Birding Holidays , a UK company that leads tours to places most of us dream of visiting.

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Watch: Ricky Gervais Voices Guinea Pig


Ricky Gervais is no stranger to providing hilarious voiceovers for animals and his latest one for Rory, the guinea pig is just as brilliant. Read More The post Watch: Ricky Gervais Voices Guinea Pig appeared first on Ecorazzi. Entertainment News Pop Culture Top News ricky gervais

Teaching Children About the Birds and the Snakes: A Mammalogist Goes to Papua New Guinea

Conservancy Talk

So naturally, when I told him I would be going to Papua New Guinea soon, his first question was, “Do they have snakes there?” In fact, Papua New Guinea is home to over 80 species of snake.

Surviving Field Science in Papua New Guinea

Conservancy Talk

When I joined The Nature Conservancy as a science writer, I didn’t think I’d be able to add rainforest survival to my resume a mere 6 months into the job.

A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist – Papua New Guinea Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

And neither is Papua New Guinea. In July I joined Nature Conservancy scientists Eddie Game and Tim Boucher for 10 hard days of fieldwork in Papua New Guinea’s Adelbert Mountain range. Here’s what a typical day is like for a field scientist in the Papua New Guinea rainforest.

Where America dreams of/goes birding?

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Also, the island of New Guinea appeared as a whole, or as its parts, the eastern independent country of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the western West Papua province of Indonesia. 10%: Australia, Papua New Guinea. 15%: Colombia, New Guinea (irrespective of the part/country).

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Species Discoveries On New Guinea Amongst Deforestation Concerns

Eco Friendly Daily

New Guinea is an island home to great biodiversity, biodiversity which continues to grow as scientists discover more species on the island. New Guinea is the world’s second largest island behind Greenland, size which has benefited its biodiversity.

Two Villages: Notes from the Climate Change Frontline in Papua New Guinea

Conservancy Talk

This small barrier island (only two square kilometers) off the coast of Manus Island , Papua New Guinea was used by the U.S. Margaret Mead Slept Here.

Dozens Of New Species Discovered In Papua New Guinea

Eco Friendly Daily

recently unveiled findings from a two month trip last summer to Papua New Guinea. The researchers from the organization worked alongside other American researchers as well as Canadian and local Papua New Guinea scientists.

Fukushima - Local Children Unwitting ( and Unwilling) Radioactive Guinea Pigs


Seventeen months after the earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Tokyo Electric Power Company's six-reactor complex at its Fukushima Daiichi, discussions continue about the possible effects of the radiation "dusting" the prefecture's inhabitants received, and their consequences.

Forest Soundscapes Hold the Key for Biodiversity Monitoring

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New acoustic research from Nature Conservancy scientists indicates that forest fragmentation drives distinct changes in the dawn and dusk choruses of forests in Papua New Guinea. Using soundscapes to detect variable degrees of human influence on tropical forests in Papua New Guinea.

Locally Based Monitoring: Are Scientists at Risk of Losing Their Day Jobs?

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Conservation projects could benefit in numerous ways from locally based monitoring, such as this project carried out by community members in Papua New Guinea. Michelle Venter studies whether local monitoring efforts might be just as effective as monitoring completed by professional scientists.

Deep Sea Mining: The Next Big Threat to our Oceans.

Elephant Journal

Nautilus Minerals will be the first company making a high-stakes gamble with our oceans' fragile ecosystem, and the first to commercialize on the natural.

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Sustainable Sea Cucumbers: Saving the “Gold Bars” of the Ocean

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In Papua New Guinea, a tribal network is taking sustainable management of sea cucumber fisheries into their own hands. Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Asia Pacific Economics Fish Fisheries Indigenous Peoples Manus sea cucumber expedition TNC Science

Environmental Economics: Help a student out by pretesting a survey!

Environmental Economics

Were looking for some guinea pigs to run through our survey and see what works and what doesnt.

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

Nature Conservancy - Science

It started as a simple bush trail, one of thousands criss-crossing Papua New Guinea’s formidable mountains, connecting communities […]. In many places, the Kokoda Track is little more than a narrow footpath, the earth beneath packed hard from centuries of footsteps.

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Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

These are just three examples among many that The Nature Conservancy is pioneering in Indonesia, China, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Mexico, all 50 U.S. Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today.

Marine Fisheries: Does Local Protection Mean Local Benefits?

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These questions were the focus of researchers working in Manus, Papua New Guinea who investigated whether community protection efforts for the squaretail coral grouper ( Plectropomus areolatus ) actually benefited the community by providing more fish.

Birds of Paradise and Bowerbirds: An Identification Guide?A Book Review

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The speaker turned out to be Tim Laman, and the topic was the incredible research he and Ed Scholes had spent years doing on birds of paradise in New Guinea. Be careful how you Google ‘bird of paradise’!

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Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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601-800 sp: Canada, Costa Rica, Panama; Russia; Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa; Laos, New Guinea (PNG); Australia.

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

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Reachable by direct flights from Portugal, the island country of Sao Tome and Principe lying in the Gulf of Guinea, in the armpit of Africa, has about 140 bird species and 28 endemics – more endemics per square mile than anywhere else on Earth.

Daily Demand and Supply: Inputs and outputs

Environmental Economics

Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient in M&M’s, Butterfingers and Snickers Bars, has shut down its borders with Liberia and Guinea, putting a major crimp on the workforce needed to pick the beans that end up in chocolate bars and other treats just as the harvest season begins.

12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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Located in the Gulf of Guinea (the “armpit” of Africa), Sao Tome and Principe doesn’t only have a decent number of species overall, but with 28 endemics (staggering 18% of the total), it has a higher endemism level than the Galapagos! The Species per Square Mile Approach.

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The top 7 Lessons I learned in 7 years of Personal Development.

Elephant Journal

I’ve often been my own guinea pig, whether that meant rising at 4.30 In the past seven years, I’ve read countless books, attended many seminars, and listened to even more podcasts in my pursuit of personal development. taking cold showers, or writing out daily affirmations.

Bioacoustics for Conservation Land-Use Planning

Nature Conservancy - Science

Standing on a ridgeline in Papua New Guinea, I can see vivid green forest stretching for miles in every direction. Inconsequential as this small garden may seem amid the immensity of forest, subsistence agriculture is a major driver of deforestation here in Papua New Guinea.

Grey-headed Robins

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It is, instead, a member of the Petroicidae, the Australasian robins, a family mostly found in New Guinea and Australia but also reaching here in New Zealand and as far across the Pacific as Fiji. According to my Pizzey and Knight Australian guide, it s restricted to the tropical area around Cairns, mostly in the montane area of the Atherton Tablelands, as well as the island of New Guinea.

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The Nomad’s Bookshelf: Essential Reads for the Traveling Naturalist

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Throwim’ way leg — it’s a New Guinea pidgin phrase that means “to take the first step on a long journey.” In this fantastic read, legendary mammalogist, traveler, and science activist Tim Flannery recounts his years of fieldwork studying rare New Guinea mammals in the 1980s.

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Spotted Whistling Ducks at Australia’s Wonga Beach

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The birds have historically been found from the Philippines south through central Indonesia to Papua New Guinea though they recently colonized remote parts of the west coast of Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Birders across Australia are excited about reports of a flock of 23 Spotted Whistling Ducks just north of Cairns in a pond in Wonga Beach.

A Sing-sing Welcome in Iwarame

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Seemingly ageless as the land itself, she is thin but strong, her dark skin wrinkled by a life spent in the Papua New Guinea forest. An Iwarame woman represents Papua New Guinea in a village drama. A sing-sing in the village of Iwarame, Papua New Guinea.

What Is Forest Resilience & What Does it Means for Conservation?

Conservancy Talk

Rainforest in the Adelbert Mountain Range of Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province. Last year I was in the famed Golden Teak forests of Central Myanmar.

“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia, edited by Yong Ding Li & Low Bing Wen.

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I'm smarter than Krugman (sort of)

Environmental Economics

other than the ridiculousness, for being against the gold standard: The first money pit is an actual pit — the Porgera open-pit gold mine in Papua New Guinea, one of the world’s top producers. In today's NYTimes, Krugman describes human rights and environmental reasons (uniting economists and sociologists!),

Picathartes – Africa’s strangest birds

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The family Picathartidae consists of two very unusual birds; White-necked or Yellow-headed Picathartes , endemic to the Upper Guinea forests of West Africa; and Gray-necked or Red-headed , restricted to Lower Guinea forests of Central Africa.

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The Most Colorful Trees in The World

Green Earth Journey

Its natural distribution spans New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao. From Wikipedia: Eucalyptus deglupta is a tall tree, commonly known as the Rainbow Eucalyptus, the Mindanao Gum, or the Rainbow Gum. It is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. Now, this tree is cultivated widely around the world, mainly for pulpwood used in making paper. It is the dominant species used for pulpwood plantations in Philippines.

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Where the Kingfishers Are

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A number of these migrate from New Guinea each year to nest on the grounds of the camping ground, but they can be kind of shy for a bird chosing to nest at a birding Mecca. They are another New Guinea migrant – so be sure to check when you want to visit to get these astonishing migrants.

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Black Butcherbirds killing a snake

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The genus includes six medium sized butcherbirds and the much larger and terrestrial Australian Magpie (formerly assigned its own genus), and are found across Australia and New Guinea.

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What is a Catbird?

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They are both found in Australia, though the Spotted Catbird is also found in New Guinea. The third Ailuroedus catbird, Ailuroedus buccoides , or White-eared Catbird , is found on Papua New Guinea and in Indonesia. We can start first with what catbirds are not.

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Searching for the Lesser Bird-of-Paradise

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Birding is not easy in New Guinea. All of the birds in New Guinea — let alone birds-of-paradise — are hard to find and even harder to see. Kumuls on Camera: Photographing Birds-of-Paradise in Papua New Guinea. Extreme Birding: Entering Un-Birded Territory in Papua New Guinea.

Others Reasons to Visit Cassowary House

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Cassowary House isn’t just a place to rest your head with some birds, it is also the headquarters of Sicklebill Tours, famous for it’s jaunts to New Guinea. I have, on two occasions no less, explained before that Cassowary House , near Cairns, is an exception place worth a visit.

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Rwanda Dreaming

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And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Haiti top the list.

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