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Island Press Field Notes

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By Charles C. Chester / On July 30th, 2012

One of Marvel Comics' most popular characters, Wolverine, was born with the genetic mutation allowing him to recover rapidly from any injury. Combine that with the Canadian [sic] government's program to replace his skeleton with the indestructible metal...

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By Admin / On July 24th, 2012

From an important op-ed in the San Diego Union Tribune The southern border region is one of the most bio-diverse areas in the United States and a crossroads for many...

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By Cristina Eisenberg / On July 10th, 2012

The standing dead trees were everywhere, their boles weathered silver where the bark had peeled. The carcasses of their fallen comrades littered the understory, with few aspen sprouting from the deadfall. The occasional mangled saplings we observed...

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By Jason Leppig / On June 15th, 2012

This week's #forewordFriday pick is from the newly released book, Climate and Conservation....

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By Worldwatch Institute / On May 22nd, 2012

On World Biodiversity Day, Worldwatch Institute emphasizes that protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services is central to sustainable prosperity

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On December 14th, 2011

To the untrained eye, New Zealand forests have a tropical feel somewhat out-of-character in a temperate world. Like Australia, these rainforests owe their existence to the ancient ark of Gondwana that broke away from Pangea at a time when dinosaurs were...

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By Dominick A. DellaSala / On December 9th, 2011

Some 38-45 million years ago, Australia broke off from its parent super-continent, Gondwana, and began drifting northward.  In its long and arduous journey, the ark rafted ancient species forced to cope with a cooling and drying climate. Some, like...

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By Robert J. Cabin / On April 15th, 2011

The results of last month's annual Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Bird Survey indicate that birds may colonize reforested areas much faster than experts had predicted. This year's surveyors spotted all five of the common native forest birds and...

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By Admin / On April 5th, 2011

No, it's not in Brazil or Borneo. It's actually in the good old USA, literally and figuratively clinging to a steep slope in a drainage called Mahanaloa Gulch on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. We need to stop twiddling our thumbs and SAVE THIS FOREST NOW.

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By Cristina Eisenberg / On March 31st, 2011

In March I participated in a University of Nebraska literary retreat at the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust. It was the climax of spring migration on the river, where sandhill cranes pause to feed during their 5,000 mile journey from Mexico...

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