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Island Press Field Notes

By Larry Nielsen / On May 27th, 2017

We revel in the glory of the African elephant, giant panda or Galapagos tortoise—the charismatic megafauna that gets most of attention, whether on television or at the zoo. But I think the group that deserves the award as the world’s number one animal...

By Jason Leppig / On February 3rd, 2017

In one place, we've put together our best blogs of 2016. Click here to download a pdf or read the 10 best posts from our authors below.        

By Lucy Moore / On July 13th, 2016

The record was broken this year for the number of pounds of rattlesnakes harvested at the annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas. I was blown away. The figure was 24,262 pounds.

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By Katharine Sucher / On February 5th, 2016

How long should a leaf live? When should blueberries ripen? What should a clever moose eat?

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By Lucy Moore / On January 7th, 2016

So, the Bundys are at it again. Two years ago Cliven Bundy and his gang took up arms against the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada claiming the feds had no right to charge a private citizen grazing fees on public lands. “Public” apparently means “help...

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By Erin Johnson / On November 17th, 2015

They went into the muslin bags easily as we freed them one by one from under the heavy net. Some were stunned, frozen, immobile; others struggled between the strands, exploding with powerful wings when handled. I was a tag-along, a newbie, an invited...

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By Michael Branch / On September 18th, 2015

Marking our territory with wildlife-friendly fences. “Rants from the Hill” are Michael Branch’s monthly musings on life in the high country of western Nevada’s Great Basin...

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By Kennedy Warne / On June 29th, 2015

Mangrove planting in Kiribati. Photo by Kennedy Warne.  

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By Eric Dinerstein / On June 17th, 2015

A hoary bat, Lasiurus cinereus.

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By Meghan Bartels / On June 12th, 2015

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