In Pictures: Saving Papua New Guinea’s Sea Cucumbers

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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

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

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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. Just as my confidence in my birding ability is about to shatter, I hear Tim Boucher muttering silently to himself in frustration as he thumbs through the 528-page thick Birds of New Guinea book. Are the tropics (and Papua New Guinea) birding nirvana? I can hear birds.


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Surviving Field Science in Papua New Guinea

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New, old, expensive, or cheap… no feats of footwear engineering can withstand the seeping dampness tropical rainforest. Meet your new nemesis. 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.

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. The country is also home to many different species of the Bird of Paradise — these, more than snakes, had me excited to visit Papua New Guinea.

Kumuls on Camera: Photographing Birds-of-Paradise in Papua New Guinea

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in the morning in the Papua New Guinea rainforest, and we’re looking for a bird-of-paradise. 1 of 5 A Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise lek in Papua New Guinea. Hausheer / TNC 5 of 5 A Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise photographed with a camera trap Papua New Guinea. The Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise is one of 39 bird-of-paradise species found in New Guinea, Australia, and their surrounding islands.

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

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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. Tim and I peel off our socks and check for any new blisters, while Eddie inspects his boots: the soles are slowly rotting off.

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

Conservancy Talk

We witness the signing of Pere’s new resource management plan by the six clan leaders and the local ward leader. This small barrier island (only two square kilometers) off the coast of Manus Island , Papua New Guinea was used by the U.S. military as a base in World War II as they fought to evict the Japanese army from the island of Papua. Margaret Mead Slept Here.

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. In tropical rainforests, like Papua New Guinea, it requires a tremendous amount of expertise to rigorously measure and monitor the wealth of species. 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. A recent study shows that people from remote areas of Papua New Guinea (PNG) are able to collect quantitative data as accurately as trained scientist, but for a fraction of the cost.

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

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Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green Writer's Contest June 1-14 Activism Avaaz conservation copper deep sea mining ecosystems environmental activism fragile ecosystems gold mindfulness mining the ocean MoveOn National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Nautilus Minerals noaa ocean Papua New Guinea Res Publica save the oceans Tongling Tongling Metals underwater mining

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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

Mapping Conservation & History on the Kokoda Track

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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. From the Field Asia Pacific Forests Natural History Protected Areas TNC Science

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. Local fishers assist researchers at a spawning site for coral groupers. Will protecting such areas benefit local communities? Richard Hamilton/TNC. by Matt Miller, senior science writer.

Nature’s Climate Solutions

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What we now need is a clear understanding of which biological systems offer the most feasible carbon storage opportunities and the new business models that can enable large-scale replication. Some of these opportunities can be unlocked with new financial mechanisms for private-sector investment, some with policy fixes and others will require new research. Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today.

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.

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. 4%: Mexico, West Papua (Indonesia), New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya. 6%: Antarctica, Argentina, Indonesia (including the votes for West Papua), India. 10%: Australia, Papua New Guinea.

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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!),

Georgian Raptor Protector Up for “Green Oscar”

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But he’s got stiff competition, including peers working to save Tree Kangaroos in Papua New Guinea, Sumatran Orangutans in Indonesia, and Snow Leopards in Pakistan. Sparrowhawk photo by Freek Verdonckt, Batumi Raptor Count. The Whitley Awards , bestowed by the UK-based Whitley Fund for Nature, have been dubbed the “Green Oscars” for their role in recognizing and supporting grassoots-based conservationists in developing countries.

Bioacoustics for Conservation Land-Use Planning

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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. New Guinea is the second-largest island in the world, and its forest is the largest stretch of contiguous forest in the Asia Pacific region. The forest seems endless.

Pied Imperial Pigeon in the Bahamas

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Way back in February when I was enjoying a family-and-friends vacation on New Providence in the Bahamas I wisely hired the best – and the only – bird guide on the island, Carolyn Wardle , for half a day to show me around some of the hotspots and help me find endemics and other species I wanted to see. It is unclear when, exactly, the Pied Imperial Pigeon became established on New Providence in the Bahamas other than it happened in the last decade.

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. Half an hour earlier, my companions and I were welcomed into a remote village in Papua New Guinea’s Adelbert Mountains by a traditional sing-sing. A sing-sing in the village of Iwarame, Papua New Guinea.

Gifts to impress a female friend!

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The duller Bowerbirds in the Bowerbird family produce much more elaborate bowers and the Great Bowerbird is rather dull compared to some of the more colourful Bowerbirds in Papua New Guinea. The new bower will only be a few metres away from this one once it is reconstructed and so we can watch the progress next year when it moves the “gifts” across to the new location.

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Birding crème de la crème: Asia – Corbett to Taman Negara

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I bought a new rucksack yesterday and the first thing I checked when I brought it home was, how easily my spotting scope with a mounted window clamp fits in – test passed with flying colours.

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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. Island hopping further east lies Papua New Guinea with 870 species, including 38 Birds of Paradise. Hagen, Ambua Lodge and Makara near Tari, and the Walindi Resort on New Britain.

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

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Rainforest in the Adelbert Mountain Range of Papua New Guinea’s Madang Province. Photo © Mark Godfrey/TNC Forests for Social Resilience in Papua New Guinea New Guinea, shared by Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, is the world’s second-largest island, and 65 percent of it is blanketed in some of the world’s richest tropical rainforests. Last year I was in the famed Golden Teak forests of Central Myanmar.

On Understanding Varying Approaches among Conservation Professionals

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Madang Lagoon in Papua New Guinea. n spent 12 months studying decision-making processes within an unnamed international conservation NGO working on a marine conservation project in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Flickr user Goldztajan under a Creative Commons license. By Craig Leisher, Senior Social Scientist. When was the last time you read a science journal article that touched on an elemental truth, intentionally or unintentionally? Catherine Benson Wahle?n

Filling in the mystery of the newly discovered ghost whale

Green Prophet

A new research paper, written by Dr. Salvatore Cerchio of the New England Aquarium and just published in Frontiers in Marine Science, shows that the elusive Omura’s whale has now been spotted in many more tropical and warm temperate waters around the world. When first classified as a species in 2003, Omura’s were only known in three locations – the Sea of Japan, the Solomon Islands east of Papua New Guinea, and the Keeling Islands, west of Indonesia.

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Shipping Emissions Targeted For Reductions

Eco Friendly Daily

Another method of pushing for change in the shipping industry was provided by the country of Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is hoping other countries will adapt the method to their own docks as well. Other methods, such as new technology for the shipping industry and changes in fuel, would contribute even further to lowering emissions.

Eavesdropping on the Sounds of the Rainforest

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I’m sitting in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea, and I’m surrounded by sound. We’re seven villages past the end of the road in the Adelbert Mountains ­­— a remote and rugged range along Papua New Guinea’s northern coast — where Nature Conservancy scientists are deploying acoustic sampling recorders to assess if their local land use planning efforts are adequate to protect some of the region’s extraordinary biodiversity.

Big White Bird survey

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These species wander far and wide and with the addition of wing tags they have been able to confirm movements as far away as Papua New Guinea. Some birds have been fitted with GPS tracking devices and move information on their movements will be discovered with this new modern technology.

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Purple Swamphen: Supertramp or superspecies?

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The colorful Purple Swamphen ( Porphyrio porphyrio ) lives in wetlands from Portugal and Senegal all the way east to New Zealand and the Samoan Islands, and a feral population is now well established in Florida. In their new study, Juan Carlos García-Ramírez and Steve Trewick of New Zealand’s Massey University suggest that the genus Porphyrio (from a Greek word for purple ) likely originated in Africa and colonized the world from there.

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Ready, Set, Science: Announcing the Next Evolution of Cool Green Science

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Conservancy lead scientist Eddie Game deploys an acoustic sampling recorder in the Papua New Guinea jungle. And now we’re relaunching our site with a new look and new features – all delivered to make you smarter by nature. What can you expect on the new Cool Green Science? New Voices. He also is a social media phenomenon, getting new audiences excited about fish, urban conservation and more.

Why Conservation Needs Women: Supporting Women’s Networks for Community Conservation

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As part of SIP, James will focus on incorporating women into on-the-ground conservation programs in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Extending Gender Equity to Papua New Guinea. James’ project also extends to Manus, Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Conservancy helped develop the country’s first network of tribal leaders, known as the Mwanus Endras Asi Resource Development Network.

Encountering Wild Boar in New Guinea

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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. Connected by a land bridge, Australia and New Guinea formed a larger land mass called Sahul. A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist – Papua New Guinea Edition.

Searching for the Rare “Crusty Nautilus” in the Bismarck Sea

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The events that had led me to this expedition began in 2013, when Ward, a well-known palaeontologist and nautilus expert learnt of The Nature Conservancy’s work in Papua New Guinea’s Manus Province and emailed me to see if I was interested in working with him. scrobiculatus have been found throughout Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but there have been no confirmed sightings of live A.

Show me the money

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New Zealand is currently in the grip of a government mandated rebranding episode. Most notably the flag is under review, apparently the existing one is deficient for the crimes of “being too Australian” “being to British” and “not sufficiently rugby related” As such the government launched a contest to find a new flag and then proceeded to ignore all the interesting designs in favour of some flags that were like the All Black flag.

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Africa’s remarkable long tailed birds

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The amazing Ribbon-tailed Astrapia of Papua New Guinea sports the longest tail in proportion to body size of any bird in the world.

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Cool Green Science: The Best of the Blog 2015

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In August, we launched a new look for the blog, as well as new authors and new features. In the new year, we look forward to bringing you more of what you love about Cool Green Science: field reporting from Conservancy projects, the latest conservation science news, opinion and essays from leading conservation writers and scientists and the surprising, inspiring and downright strange side of nature near you. But new research suggests it’s having the opposite effect.

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Know About Kratom and Its Legality in Minnesota

Green Prophet

Kratom is a tree that normally grows in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. What the kratom? People say it’s the natural herb of the century. Why is it legal and not legal in some states and countries? Although this tropical tree is native to South Asian countries, yet now it is being grown in other parts of the world as well. Kratom is not an illegal herb in majority regions, and you can order it online from Kratom Crazy to get in the purest form.

Palm Oil and Deforestation: A Real Threat for Orangutans


Approximately 85 percent of palm oil is grown on industrial plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) [7].

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From the Field: Survival Tips & Tricks for Remote Science Reporting

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Our amazing porters and guides in Papua New Guinea. A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist – Papua New Guinea Edition. I’m closing in on two years as a science writer at Cool Green Science. In that time, I’ve hauled myself and my gear across oceans, along rivers, over mountains and through deserts. I’ve contracted salmonella from a snake, broken a bone, and suffered weird infections, rashes, and insect bites.

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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. I first read this book only days after I’d finished my own fieldwork journey through Papua New Guinea, and it’s been my absolute favorite travel read ever since. .

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Follow that Grouper: What Migration Data Tell Us About Locally Managed Marine Conservation

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New research from Papua New Guinea demonstrates that locally managed marine areas effectively protect grouper spawning aggregations. Known to the local community as manang , the brown-marbled grouper reigns king on the coral reefs of northeastern Papua New Guinea (PNG). Can small protected areas still deliver large benefits for both people and nature?