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.

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. Are the tropics (and Papua New Guinea) birding nirvana? Birds of New Guinea field guide.

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

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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.

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

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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. Margaret Mead Slept Here.

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.

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. Hausheer / TNC 10 of 10 Meet your new nemesis.

Dozens Of New Species Discovered In Papua New Guinea

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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.

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

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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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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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Pied Imperial Pigeon in the Bahamas

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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. And seeing a Pied Imperial Pigeon in the Bahamas is a heck of a lot easier than travelling to Papua New Guinea!

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. Last year I was in the famed Golden Teak forests of Central Myanmar.

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.

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.

I'm smarter than Krugman (sort of)

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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!),

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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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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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.

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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Shipping Emissions Targeted For Reductions

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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.

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.

Journey to Tikopia: Conservation Challenges in Remote Melanesia

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Bodaluna Island, Papua New Guinea. He was surprised I spoke Solomon Pijin, and I was equally surprised to learn he had just returned from spending six months in my home country of New Zealand, where he had been picking apples.

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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. New Voices.

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? Connected by a land bridge, Australia and New Guinea formed a larger land mass called Sahul.

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. If it works, this landscape-scale acoustic assessment could help inform conservation decisions that rely on biodiversity metrics, here in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere.

What is a Catbird?

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Birds called catbirds include two species in the New World family, Mimidae, four from the bowerbird family, Ptilonorhynchidae, and one from the Old World babblers, Timaliidae. They are both found in Australia, though the Spotted Catbird is also found in New Guinea.

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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.

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

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Many of my colleagues are hardcore birders, from those that are relatively new to the sport to those who have seen 5,000 bird species in a lifetime. Extreme Birding: Entering Un-Birded Territory in Papua New Guinea. A Whole New World.

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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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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.

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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.

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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Sympathy for the Shark Finner

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Satellite-Tagged Sharks Provide New Data on Gulf Migrations. Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean. Whitetip Reef Shark and Moray, photographed in the waters of Kimbe Bay, off the northern coast of New Britain, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea.

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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. But new research suggests it’s having the opposite effect. Eddie Game deploys an acoustic sampling recorder in Papua New Guinea.

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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).

Countries Agree To Protect One-Third Of All Coral Reefs

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The countries agreeing to and impacted by the project include Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New guinea, East Timor, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. This week at the World Oceans Conference in Indonesia, numerous countries made an agreement to protect coral reefs.

Indonesia’s Forests Loom As Green Gold

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" Even before the prospect of new revenue streams from REDD heading to Indonesia, Jakarta had been pursuing measures to curb logging in its forests. "There is serious corruption in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea," said Manoj Nadkarni, head of the forest governance integrity programme in the Asia-Pacific region for Transparency International (TI), the Berlin-based global anti-corruption watchdog.

Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Adam has traveled extensively to all 7 continents, leading tours to numerous countries ranging from Colombia to Egypt, Angola to Papua New Guinea and Antarctica to Alaska. Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears.

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Is the Export-Import Bank Turning a New Leaf?

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Historically, Ex-Im has financed many fossil fuel projects including coal projects in South Africa and India, and a liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea. Credit: Greenpeace/Hunt.