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By Emily Monosson / On November 16th, 2012

Salamanders, fish and perhaps even humans are evolving fast in response to toxic chemicals. Is that bad? In the hemlock and oak forests of northeastern Connecticut, Steve Brady stood thigh deep in black muck and scooped up a handful of spotted salamander...

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By Rafe Sagarin / On November 2nd, 2012

Art interacts with observation and ecology on numerous planes. There is simply the aspect of personal inspiration, as when the creatures I observe in tidepool surveys or just hiking with friends who know the Sonoran desert become the basis for my...

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By Admin / On October 22nd, 2012

In Trapper's Point, Wyoming, a special team has come together to  protect an endangered species of antelope. Overpasses have been built along Highway 191 to direct pronghorns' migration across the busy road. Jon Beckmann, an editor of ...

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By Rafe Sagarin / On October 8th, 2012

Everyone knows that sea otters are adorable, and larger numbers of people are learning that they play a key role in maintaining ecosystem diversity by preventing sea urchin populations from turning into kelp-forest mowing swarms that leave “urchin...

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By Charles C. Chester / On October 2nd, 2012

The US National Park Service protects National Seashores, National Battlefields, National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Memorials, and even National Parks. In total, the agency manages 397 “units” across the country and its territories.

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By Michael Branch / On September 25th, 2012

In a 2006 article [PDF] in The American Naturalist, a small herd of perfectly respectable conservation biologists advocates a bold ecological restoration project they...

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By Admin / On September 11th, 2012

Emily Monosson chats with Karen Weintraub of the Boston Globe Karen Weintraub...

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By Admin / On September 7th, 2012

This excellent post at The Fisheries Blog  uses a vist to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's kelp forest to...

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By Admin / On September 6th, 2012

From the Harvard Gazette Life evolved in a toxic world long before humans began polluting it, according to a ...

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By Rafe Sagarin / On September 4th, 2012

I don’t often endorse late-summer-multiplex-popcorn-with-butter-like-topping fare, but Premium Rush is, for what it is, phenomenal.  It’s true, if you watch the...

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