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Flocking to Fallon

I’m no twitcher, and before last weekend the closest I’d ever come to the world of birding was watching the surprising blockbuster The Big Year. But that all changed when I plunged into the 16th Annual Spring Wing’s Festival. The event draws thousands of birders from all over the globe to Fallon, Nevada, a small…

Expedition Discovers New Species in PNG

  Annelids, amphipods, and mollusks…oh my! While these creatures would be quite a mouthful for Dorothy, scientists view them as invaluable bio-indicators in coral reef systems, signaling the health and integrity of the reef, and they are found in great abundance in the Madang Lagoon, which is nestled along the remote north coast of Papua New…

$50-Million Coral Reef Research Center Opens

  This Saturday is the one-month anniversary of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) new 86,000 square-foot Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research. The $50-million facility, located at NSU’s Oceanographic Center at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Hollywood, Florida, celebrated its grand opening at the end of September. The massive and multifaceted project…

Can Monetizing Coral Reefs Save Them?

  One young man thinks so, and he’s started a for-profit business called ReefCam to do just that. Tim Richards, owner and founder of ReefCam, who is currently working on his MBA at American University, first developed the idea after mulling over different environmental business models he could implement in the Caribbean. He landed on…

Paddle the Anacostia River & Stand Up For Clean Water!

All water is connected — the fresh to the salty and the salty to the fresh — and this weekend it’s time to celebrate steps that have been taken to keep it all healthy as we hit the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. How to celebrate? If you’re in the DC area come…