As Brooke Bessesen writes in her new book, Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, “Conservation is messy business.”

For the past couple of years, I’ve been wondering why the Vet can vaccinate our dog for Lyme*, but the best our doctor can offer is a dose of doxycyline, ex post facto. Why is it, despite the spraying and tucking and checking out the nooks...

A trio of interesting stories aren't making national headlines. 

Washington, DC attorneys Allison Sheedy and Daniel McInnis share their home in the city’s Chevy Chase neighborhood with their four children. They share their large yard with Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Minnie Mouse, India, and Red, their four egg-laying hens...

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Earth Day 1970. Photo by Bill Ingraham.

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Post by Amy Nelson; reposted from the Biohabitats Rhizome blog with permission.

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Mule deer at Torrey Creek Trailhead. Photo © Scott Copeland.

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Elk browsing aspens in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Cristina Eisenberg.

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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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