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...

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.



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

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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 “...

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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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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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Mangrove planting in Kiribati. Photo by Kennedy Warne.


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A hoary bat, Lasiurus cinereus.


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