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By Chidinma Onuoha / On April 23rd, 2019

Plastics have transformed every aspect of our lives. Yet the very properties that make them attractive—they are cheap to make, light, and durable—spell disaster when trash makes its way into the environment. Recent bans on single-use straws and bags have...

By Jada Mosley / On April 18th, 2019

We sat down with Jodi Helmer to discuss pollinators, thier decline, and what is being done to save them. 

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By Jada Mosley / On April 16th, 2019

We turned to some of our authors to find out—What do they think will be the most pressing climate change issue in the next 50 years? Why?

By Gary Paul Nabhan / On March 21st, 2019

What border communities really need are solutions to address economic, health and climate problems — and the mesquite tree can help.

By Jada Mosley / On March 15th, 2019

This 25th Anniversary Edition celebrates Naturalist as a modern classic.

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By Jen Hawse / On January 25th, 2019

Josh Wise, Director of Development & Communications of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) interviews Dan Imhoff and...

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By Katharine Sucher / On September 25th, 2018

The vaquita is not hunted. Nor is its habitat disappearing or degraded. Nicknamed “panda of the sea,” this diminutive porpoise is even protected by law. So why is the species on the brink of extinction, with fewer than twenty animals remaining? ...

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By Katharine Sucher / On August 10th, 2018

This week, the environmental community lost an indomitable conservationist: Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Alan was an incredible champion for big cats who's...

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By Cheryl Dykstra / On July 12th, 2018

Our first nest of the day is a little farther out from town than most, and on a large lot next to an equestrian training center. To us, the immediate habitat looks more suitable for a red-tailed hawk than a red-shouldered hawk, but we’re not hawks,...

By Katharine Sucher / On June 29th, 2018

As I watched, mesmerized, this mass of crustaceans became a living brick-red raft, writhing on top of the water’s surface. The water became disturbed as thousands of krill flipped their muscular tails and leaped clear of the water, falling back like...

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