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Restoration Week: Celebrating Science in Action and the Value of Ocean Habitat

Rob Brumbaugh, senior marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy June 1st marks the opening of the Atlantic hurricane season and as a resident of the Florida Keys I know to take every storm seriously and prepare accordingly. Recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted a “near-normal or below-normal 2014 Atlantic hurricane season,” and while…

Before the Next Storm: Helping People and Nature Adapt

By Vera Agostini, Senior Marine Scientist, The Nature Conservancy Major hurricanes like Sandy (New Jersey in 2012) and Ivan (Eastern Caribbean in 2004) and Typhoon Haiyan (the Philippines 2013) make global headlines as they hit coastal communities, appropriately drawing attention to the human, financial, and community losses. While some smaller communities may not make global…

Protecting El Salvador’s Largest Wetland From the Bottom Up

Conservation Trust grantee Brad Nahill, co-founder of SEE Turtles, is working to protect endangered sea turtles by growing the market for conservation travel to support small conservation programs around the world. SEE Turtles also connects volunteers to conservation projects and educates students both in the US and near key turtle nesting sites around Latin America. —–…

The Last Untamed Mexican River

An incredible journey to preserve the last untamed Mexican River: the San Pedro Mezquital.

Millions of birds at risk as fall migration to oil-fouled Gulf Coast nears, conservationists worry

Millions of Canada’s migratory birds, representing more than a hundred species, could be at risk when they return this fall to areas in the Gulf of Mexico affected by the oil spill, the Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI), a conservation charity, said today. “The Gulf Coast serves as important habitat for hundreds of Canada’s bird species…

Everglades, Madagascar rain forests added to List of World Heritage in Danger

Serious and continuing degradation of the Everglades aquatic ecosystem has caused the national park at the southern tip of Florida to be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, the World Heritage Committee decided at a meeting in Brazil this week. Also moving on to the Danger List are the Atsinanana rain forests (Madgascar),…

Taking stock of mangroves, thin frontlines of diversity

Mark Spalding, a marine scientist with The Nature Conservancy, has spent decades researching mangroves, the rare and critically important forests that grow at the intersection of land and sea. He is also lead author of the World Atlas of Mangroves, the first in-depth look in over a decade of mangroves. (‘Atlas of Mangroves’ highlights global…

‘Atlas of Mangroves’ highlights global loss of tidal forests

Mangroves are the trees and shrubs that flourish at the saline interface between ocean and land. They nurture a multitude of species of land, sea, and air and also provide humans with numerous resources, ranging from coastal shock absorbers from tsunamis and hurricanes to natural hatcheries for replenishment of fisheries. Mostly because of coastal development, Earth has already lost…

First Line of Defense: Mangroves

At last weekend’s Biscayne BioBlitz, long-time colleague Bob Hirshon of the American Association for the Advancement of Science speaks with park ranger Larry Perez about mangroves, several species of trees that grow in salt water and act as living nurseries for young fish, plus comprise south Florida’s first line of defense against hurricanes. View more…

Are you ready to Bioblitz?

By Stuart L. Pimm Another perfect day in paradise. The winds are light, the sunrise glorious, the sky blue all day. The temperature is a pleasant low 70s F and humidity is low. But then, most days at this time of year are perfect here in the Florida Keys. Yes, I know many of you…

Satellite Tool Will Help Africa Manage Dwindling Mangroves

Mangrove forests thrive in the salty tidal zone between ocean and land. They play an immensely important role in stabilizing the coastline against erosion, moderating storm surges, and as a nursery and sanctuary for hundreds of species of fish, birds, and other animals. It’s too bad then that in many parts of the world mangrove…