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By Admin / On March 6th, 2013

Recently, on HuffingtonPost Green, author Eric Dinerstein voiced his thoughts on what it will really take to conserve...

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By Admin / On February 1st, 2013

60 years...23 countries...4 continents... Field biologist George Schaller is a legend --a legend who will speak about his work at the 92nd St. Y in New York...

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By Admin / On January 25th, 2013

Eric Dinerstein's Politics & Prose event is just days away. Why not familiarize yourself with ...

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By Cheryl L. Peterson / On June 4th, 2012

This unique member of the mint family (Lamiaceae) is found only in Indian River and St. Lucie County.  It is a short-lived perennial with showy pink flowers that bloom in the fall that are pollinated by bees.  Lakela’s Mint is one of six species of ...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 28th, 2011

The role of mangroves as vital nursery habitat for fish is nowhere more evident than in the tiny island of Bimini, off the coast of Florida. Female lemon sharks come to the sheltered lagoon waters to give birth, and the pups live amongst the tangled...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 21st, 2011

One of the mangrove-related creatures I hoped to see in Cuba was the fishing bat, which takes small fish from the surface waters of wetland ponds in swooping aerial dives. While waiting for nightfall, when the bats are active, I visited a cave where...

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By Kennedy Warne / On March 11th, 2011

In May 2009 I set out on a two-month “state-of-the-forests” mangrove tour of the Americas. I wanted to document the plight of mangroves in the region and assess the impact of their loss on the thousands of coastal people who rely on these forests for...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On February 2nd, 2011

The next time you turn on the tap, chances are the water came from a local National Forest. National Forests provide drinking water for about 60 million Americans nationwide and about 15 percent of the nation’s freshwater runoff. This clean water is...

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By David Wilcove / On October 30th, 2008

Lately I've been paying more attention to the birds visiting my backyard feeder, and I'm sure I'm not the only one doing so. As the end of fall approaches, lots of birdwatchers in the northeastern United States begin to wonder whether the "...