How Does Extreme Winter Weather Affect Wildlife?

Nature Conservancy - Science

With the recent blizzards, have you wondered how wildlife fares in nasty weather? Matt Miller offers a look at how creatures from Virginia opossums to non-native reptiles are affected. Wildlife Birds Herps Mammals Nature Pop Top 10

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40 infectious photos of wildlife comedians!

Green Prophet

(Photo by Artyom Krivosheev/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016) . Photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam tap into animal magnetism to boost support of wildlife conservation. Their second annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is inciting “conservation through competition”, helped by heaps of belly laughs, and the unbelievable images are real. Photo by Gil Gofer/Barcroft Images/Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016) .

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10 Top National Wildlife Refuges To Explore

Nature Conservancy - Science

A greater yellowlegs at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The National Wildlife Refuge System is one of shining stars of United States conservation history, and the refuges in this system offer some world-class nature experiences. Like so many great conservation ideas, the national wildlife refuge began under President Theodore Roosevelt. Most offer great opportunities for birders , wildlife watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Devastating Consequences of Wildlife Poaching


Wildlife poaching has grave. It is important to know that the consequences to wildlife are not only devastating; they are also pervasive. Quick Navigation for The Consequences of Wildlife Poaching. What is poaching of wildlife and why it is illegal? What is poaching of wildlife and why is it illegal? Wildlife poaching is the unlawful hunting or capturing of live animals. . Further reading: Should We Treat Illegal Wildlife Trade as a Serious Crime?

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Strange and Surprising Facts about Opossums

Cool Green Science

And other weird facts about the underrated Virginia opossum. From the Field Latest Science Wildlife Mammal Watching Weird NatureDeath fainting! Walking embryos! The post Strange and Surprising Facts about Opossums appeared first on Cool Green Science.

How Will the Polar Vortex Affect Wildlife?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Many wildlife species, like snowshoe hares, are well adapted to survive cold temperatures. Many wildlife species, of course, are well adapted to thrive in even the coldest of temperatures. While it’s still too early to tell how this week’s weather will affect wildlife, research suggests some species will not fare well. Virginia Opossums. In Florida, species like Burmese pythons and green iguanas can become invasive, posing serious threats to native wildlife.

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Sierra Club Compass

Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm " And here's the damning detail: "(B)ecause these contaminants are released gradually and in some cases not tracked or regulated, they attract much less attention than a massive spill such as the recent one in West Virginia."

One Volunteer's Story of the West Virginia Elk River Chemical Spill

Sierra Club Compass

Running alongside the Little Coal River in Boone County, West Virginia is the sleepy town of Van. Thankfully, a corps of community-minded citizens has risen to moment, delivering water to underserved areas throughout the region, calling in to let folks know when water has been delivered to local stores and acting as a rapid response team for folks in need in central and southern West Virginia. The rocks, the sticks, the wildlife - they were my best friends.

Obama defends wildlife refuge from dirty oil drilling

Green Blog

25 the Obama administration proposed new protections for large portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which, if approved, would be a huge win. Designating vast areas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness reflects the significance this landscape holds for America and its wildlife," said Interior secretary Sally Jewell. Last week left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of environmentalists. On Jan.

Mad Men Go Falcon Trapping

Nature Conservancy - Science

Birds bird conservation citizen science conservation history falconry falcons natural history reintroduction Virginia wildlife biology The thrill of victory: bird banders capture a falcon. By Joe Smith , ornithologist and restoration ecologist. I recently came across a 1952 LIFE magazine article profiling a group of falcon banders working on Assateague Island, Maryland. Along with the article is a series of striking photos of the banders and their lifestyle on the coast.

When the Best Design Is NO Design, Except Nature’s

Cool Green Science

Hog Island, Virginia Coast Reserve. By Jill Bieri , Director, Virginia Coast Reserve. Breaking News: Virginia Coast NOT Devastated By Storm! The Eastern Shore of Virginia may be less than thrilling for a storm-team reporter , but as a marine scientist, I have found my nirvana. Water birds congregate at Hog Island, Virginia Coast Reserve. Oyster reefs at Virginia Coast Reserve. Photo: © Hal Brindley.

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Ray of Hope Prize program names top 10 nature-inspired startups


Innovators compete for a $100,000 grand prize, awarded by industry and conservation leaders from the World Wildlife Fund, Patagonia and Yale University, among others. Business Eco Green belgium code environment london north ocean switzerland university virginia

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The Green Buzz: Monday, January 13

Cool Green Science

A West Virginia chemical spill , which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end. ( Huffington Post ). Have US cities woken up to the value of urban wildlife ? Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news. “Let the Cows of Hope Live!”

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Counting Red Knots: Keeping Tabs on a Threatened Bird

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) is a key stopover site for migratory red knots. The technology for tracking wildlife gets fancier every year. For two decades, researchers at The Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) have been counting rufa red knots and other migrating shorebirds the old-fashioned way: one bird at a time. Fish and Wildlife Service as it considered the conservation status of the rufa red knot.

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Father’s Day: Playing with Fire

Cool Green Science

But what if your job is setting managed, controlled fires to benefit people, water and wildlife? Sam Lindblom is The Nature Conservancy in Virginia’s director of land management and a trainer of fireworkers in the Fire Learning Network. What I loved most of all from those experiences was not only the hard work, but seeing the many patches of forests that had burned before, now covered in grasses and wildflowers, and generally, where we’d see the most wildlife.

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Hacking solutions to ‘time-sensitive’ climate problems


One is what’s now the Sentinel Project at Conservation X Labs , which is a next-gen camera trap for wildlife conservation that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to assist wildlife conservationists. We started out with one in Richmond, Virginia, and then started getting contacted by students across the country and eventually across the world.

Aquaculture becomes a net-positive


players are Aquabanq (a Maine salmon concern), Infinity Blue (a brand raising barramundi with aspirations in Arizona ), Innovasea Systems (based in Boston) and Pure Salmon (which is building an operation in Virginia). And in November, the Bezos Earth Fund made a $100 million grant to the World Wildlife Fund to support, among other things, the development of new markets for seaweed as an alternative to fossil fuel-based products.

Hurricane Dorian causes onshore oil spill in Bahamas


Besides demolishing homes, uprooting wildlife and ravaging forests, Hurricane Dorian has also caused an onshore oil spill in the Bahamas. Hurricane warnings have been issued for Canada as the hurricane continues moving northeast, and the threat of storm surges in North Carolina and Virginia remains. Eco Green a-scary-thing advances bahamas climate change environmental destruction equinor health oil-spill plastic age science advances south-riding time virginia weather

Waxwings Really Have Wax Wings

Nature Conservancy - Science

Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven. A Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) eating berries at Mount Porte Crayon in West Virginia. Port Crayon in West Virginia. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birding Birds NaturePopCedar Waxwings are a favorite of many birders and backyard naturalists. With their fuzzy-looking crests and sharp color accents, they’re dapper looking birds.

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Doc Antle is the latest Tiger King star to be indicted


In the latest “Tiger King” criminal news, Bhagavan “Doc” Antle has been indicted on charges of wildlife trafficking and animal cruelty. Green a-and-appeared a-wild-animal animal cruelty cnn endangered legal nephew personal species tiger-king wildlife

When Is a Black Bear Actually a Blue Bear?

Nature Conservancy - Science

American black bear or North American black bear (Ursus americanus) photographed among a patch of springtime ferns at Mount Porte Crayon, West Virginia. I’m watching the brownish black bear safely from a turnoff in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley, one of the great wildlife viewing spots on the planet. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department offers a bear ID quiz. Wildlife Mammals Natural History Nature + People NaturePop Weird Nature

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Survey shows most adults prefer volunteering at local parks and recreation areas


NRPA Image via Virginia State Parks. Green animals community Eco eco-tourism education heart local natural nrpa parks parks / wildlife parks-build planting-trees wildlife wildlife safetyA recent National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) poll revealed that four in five adults (80 percent) look to their local parks and recreation areas for family-friendly, community-focused volunteer opportunities.

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Recovery: Second Chance for Yankee Cottontails

Nature Conservancy - Science

Stunned but delighted is how Dr. Robert McDowell, Director of Wildlife at the University of Connecticut, sounded when I arrived at his office to learn about New England cottontail rabbits. The non-natives, called “eastern cottontails,” are a genetic mishmash of species and subspecies plucked from Minnesota, West Virginia, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that listing was not warranted because of all the recovery work.

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Recovery: Rare Turtle Gets a Second Chance

Nature Conservancy - Science

Anyone suggesting that we shouldn’t worry about Plymouth redbellies because the “same turtle” is secure along the coastal plain from New Jersey to North Carolina and inland to West Virginia ought not to be entrusted with wine selection. The agency’s basic management philosophy was: If you can’t legally kill it, it’s not wildlife. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge, primarily to recover redbellies. Wildlife

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What Does the Fox Need?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Photo by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife through a Creative Commons license. Nature Conservancy Scientist and urban wildlife specialist John S. Coyote colonization of northern Virginia and admixture with Great Lakes wolves. Journal of Wildlife Management 74(6):1204-1217. Behavioural responses of wildlife to urban environments. Wildlife Research 33:175-180. A red fox prowls the urban greenbelt in Boise, Idaho. Photo: Phares Book.

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Angry Birds: Why Molting Makes Our Feathered Friends Grumpy

Nature Conservancy - Science

A study of wood thrush in Virginia led by Jorge Vega Rivera discovered just how discreet birds can be during molt. Birds & Birding Wildlife Birding Birds NaturePop Research Weird NaturePerhaps you’re familiar with having a “bad hair day.” For birds, “bad feather days” – what we call molting – are a part of life. And those days are not easy. In fact, it can make birds downright grumpy. Seriously. Feathers are a bird’s defining feature.

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Mushroom Man, Crime-Fighting Reindeer & Saving Silverbacks

Nature Conservancy - Science

We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff on the Internets — and share the best of it with you every week in The Cooler : Biodiversity & Wildlife. Migrating wildlife depend on more than just wilderness. Frack away : US Forest Service backs off ban in Virginia’s George Washington Forest. The Cooler biodiversity Climate Change news research science communications wildlife Sabyinyo group of mountain gorillas.

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Mule Deer Migration, Fearless Fish, and Pirate Naturalists

Nature Conservancy - Science

Wildlife. West Virginia University). Boston Globe, via National Wildlife Federation). Rethinking “Natural” : How future agriculture could support more wildlife. The Cooler biodiversity Climate Change research science communications wildlife Mule deer at Torrey Creek Trailhead, Wind River Range Wyoming. Photo by Scott Copeland. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.

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Will Your Tax Dollars Fund a Highway that's a Mountaintop Removal Coal Mine in Disguise?

Sierra Club Compass

to protest a Virginia coal boondoggle that has set its sights on $2 billion of your federal tax dollars. Well then you get the planned Coalfields Expressway in Southwest Virginia. The project is a public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia and coal mining companies, including Alpha Natural Resources. Fish and Wildlife Service all submitted comments strongly urging a closer look at the project.

The Alligator in the Basement: Breeding Bird Colonies Benefit Alligator Health in the Florida Everglades

Nature Conservancy - Science

Crocodilians are often found underneath these nesting birds, and this has been a common natural history observation for quite some time,” says Lucas Nell , who conducted this research as part of a master’s in wildlife ecology at The University of Florida. Logic follows that there had to be some benefit to nesting near such an obvious predator, and the suspicion is that the alligators were keeping out even more unwelcome neighbors — raccoons and Virginia opossums. “If

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Noise Pollution is Pervasive in U.S. Protected Areas

Nature Conservancy - Science

But unfortunately, noise pollution is encroaching on wild places, harming both human enjoyment and wildlife. New research shows that a majority of protected areas in the United States are threatened with significant noise pollution at levels high enough to cause harm to wildlife, ecosystems, and human visitors. Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia. The Baca National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife in A Noisy World.

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The Best Campaigns of All Time to Save Vanishing Species


In the case of the ARPA, the programme is implemented by the Brazilian government, funded by the World Wildlife Fund (GEF) and managed by the World Bank, with partners like the German government, WWF and several international donors [4]. Other wildlife conservation success stories to remember.

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Urban Wild: Flying Squirrels of the Beltway

Nature Conservancy - Science

One of North America’s most unusual wildlife watching destination is located just a short distance from the U.S. capital, tucked away in a small nature reserve in Arlington, Virginia. In fact, some wildlife surveys in Virginia and elsewhere have found that southern flying squirrels are actually as common as the well-known gray squirrel. But the mature oak forest is home to a surprising diversity of wildlife. Photo: Ken Thomas under a Creative Commons license.

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Adventuring in New River Gorge, the newest US national park


These climbing-lovers are answering the call of southern West Virginia’s Nuttall sandstone. Birders come from all over the world to see a sensational collection of warblers, and rare plants, such as the Virginia spiraea, thrive here on the Appalachian plateau. Folks, the state of West Virginia is full of copperheads. West Virginia cultural history Long before the rise of the outdoor recreation biz, southern West Virginia’s three big industries were timber, railroads and coal.

Why ‘green growth’ is an oxymoron: Brian Czech of CASSE

Low Impact

Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017, and as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region.

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

Nature Conservancy - Science

Before studying wildlife and ecology (things I think of first as naturalists’ pursuits), we started with the basics of ecoregions, geology and hydrology. On the journey to become a Master Naturalist, you will also learn about wildlife management and have the opportunity to study local ecology in-depth. The Nature Conservancy’s Panther Knob Preserve in West Virginia. Becoming a Master Naturalist is easier than you think.

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Interview with Brian Czech: the impossibility of a perpetually-growing economy

Low Impact

Fish and Wildlife Service from 1999-2017, and as a visiting professor of natural resource economics in Virginia Tech’s National Capitol Region. I started CASSE because I had gag orders by my agency – the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Kentucky's Coal Challenges -- Public Health, Clean Water, and Clean Air

Sierra Club Compass

These fills are created when mountaintop-removal mine operators blow the tops off of mountains and then dump the waste into nearby valleys, destroying and polluting waterways and hurting wildlife. Instead of trying to protect Kentuckians from harmful pollution and preserve the state's beautiful waterways and wildlife, officials are working to ensure that the interests of King Coal take precedence over the needs of the residents, and natural heritage, of the state.

One million homes in Mid Atlantic can have access to solar power


Both Virginia and D.C. It will benefit the environment, the health of the people and also safer for the wildlife of the region. Pratima Kalra: Reasons for switching over to solar power are aplenty, especially for the Mid Atlantic states, where the sun’s power is available in abundance. The government is willing to extend all possible support and policy makers are also devising methods to encourage large scale production of the same.

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The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

Nature Conservancy - Science

As a young wildlife biologist at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point , I learned that its arrival on singing grounds signaled the end of a long, cold winter. They breed and spend summers from the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border across the Great Lakes east to Newfoundland and New England and south into Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Woodcock in hand: Flickr user Matt MacGillivray under a Creative Commons license.

5 Questions with The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Tercek

Cool Green Science

Tercek; President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nature Conservancy, photographed at the Conservancy’s Worldwide headquarters in Arlington, Virginia ©Dave Lauridsen It wasn’t until much later—as a parent and businessperson—that I started to focus hard on environmental issues. Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sustainable Cleveland Summit.

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The Best of Cool Green Science: Birds & Birding Edition

Nature Conservancy - Science

Starved of wildlife (aside from the too-friendly rats on the subway platform) I found myself in the field guide section, paging through the familiar The Sibley Guide to Birds , which my parents kept on the coffee table. The Conservancy's Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) is a key stopover site for migratory red knots. The technology for tracking wildlife gets fancier every year. “What was your spark bird?” It’s a question birders often ask one another.

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Carving a New Course in River Science

Cool Green Science

Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve in Mildura is home to wetlands of international significance. Landscape view of the Rivanna Forks Preserve creek, located in the Rivanna Watershed, Virginia. Jeff Opperman is currently the Global Lead Freshwater Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund. Science doesn’t advance as a unidirectional monolith, like a glacier carving a valley.

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