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By Eric Dinerstein / On July 23rd, 2013

Considering the lines stretching around the block ten years ago to witness one of nature’s masterpieces, you might want to arrive early when the National Botanic Garden opens its doors. Trained botanists, tropical ecologists, and naturalists must queue...

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By Darrin Nordahl / On July 16th, 2013

Author Darrin Nordahl's food blog Today is...Fava Beans highlights a different food everyday along with a creative way to easily add it to our everyday diet. Today's food changed the way...

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By Jason Leppig / On March 15th, 2013

Did you know that pandas used to roam parts of Tennessee and feed on the bamboo  that grew there? Cool, right? Check out this week's #ForewordFriday selection from "distinguished elder of conservation biology" and "marvelous guide,"...

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By Admin / On November 16th, 2012

The 33rd annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry just wrapped up in Long Beach, California. In celebration of the latest meeting, this Friday's #ForewordFriday selection comes from...

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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 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 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 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, Jason Leppig / On September 6th, 2012

This week's pick, Saving a Million Species, is from our Marketing Assistant, Meghan Bartels: