Knots in the Web of Life

  I grew up on the Atlantic coast and frequently came across Horseshoe crabs stranded on the beach.  What I didn’t know then is that probably these individuals weren’t stranded, but merely the molted exoskeleton of this species which isn’t actually a crab.  It is more closely related to spiders, scorpions, and ticks, and looks […]

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Python Challenges Us All

Python Challenges Us All

A few days ago, nearly 800 people from 30 states signed up for permits to kill the invasive Burmese python in the Florida Everglades during the “Python Challenge.”  That’s a lot of people out there in the bush on a killing spree with guns, clubs, and machetes. PETA jumped up to protest, not as one […]

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Ivory and Irony

Ivory and Irony

As illegal wildlife trade increases around the world, governance and international organizations are directing more of their energy to this situation.  They are doing this not just for the benefit of biodiversity and to decrease extinction rates, but because what is good for the environment and other species is also good for humans.  Protecting natural […]

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National Bird Day 10th Anniversary

National Bird Day 10th Anniversary

It is the season of celebration, including National Bird Day on January 5th.  Though it has been in existence for 10 years, this year marked the first time it has received an official proclamation of support.  Yesterday Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Illinois)  read the Born Free USA National Bird Day resolution into the Congressional Record (the […]

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Conservation Needs Networking

Conservation Needs Networking

It has been a privilege to have spent the past 9 days in Belize as a guest of the Belize Wildlife Conservation Network (BWCN). My trip’s main focus was the BWCN’s 2nd National Conference, interspersed with site visits to conservation projects and areas.   The coordination of this conference and the logistics of my trip was […]

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