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Days in the Bay of Bengal: Between Dreams and Reality
by Manzura Khan
WCS’s Manzura Khan writes, “My time on the water seemed like a lifetime of learning collapsed into this short time working together to accomplish our shared goal of protecting marine biodiversity in Bangladesh.”
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Addressing Cumulative Impacts of Climate Change and Development on Freshwater Fish in Northern Ontario
by Cheryl Chetkiewicz
Now is the time for the Government of Ontario to assume leadership to conserve freshwater fish through progressive, regional land-use planning and regional environmental assessment.
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WCS Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey: Day Two with a New Discovery from F.B. Jobeda
by Shanta Shamsunnahar
Freshly inspired, Shanta Shamaunnahr has resolved to work harder to "find a balance between protecting of our country’s large and diverse marine megafauna and ensuring that fisheries are sustainable."
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Respecting Our Elders Should Never Grow Old
by Joel Berger, Katarzyna Nowak
It’s time to seize what lessons we’ve learned from our past. Let’s revere the old matriarch who harbors accumulated wisdom or the old wolf that teaches his pack when to walk away from a fight.
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From One Extreme to Another as the Madidi Expedition Comes to a Close
by Rob Wallace
In a new blog for the Identidad Madidi expedition, Rob Wallace records four new birds for the park, boosting the official Madidi list to an astounding and record-breaking 1,028 confirmed bird species.
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When Africa's Elephant Trails Became Mean Streets, the World Decided to Take Them Back
by John Calvelli
Many of the roads and trails elephants travel in Africa were forged by the repeated journeys by generations of elephants. By eliminating the trade in the ivory, we can begin to take back those streets.
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Settling in to Our Boats for the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey
by Neha Simlai
Neha Simlai blogs from the Bangladesh marine megafauna survey, capturing the expedition's sighting of a pod of about 30-40 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
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Baby photos of 10 of the world’s rarest turtles from the zoo trying to save them
by Avishai Shuter, Don Boyer, Julie Larsen Maher
More than half of the world’s freshwater turtles and tortoises on the brink of extinction. The hatchlings pictured in this blog are part of assurance colonies at the Bronx Zoo’s World of Reptiles.
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Central America’s Wildlife Through the Eyes of Its People… and Their Cell Phones
by Jeremy Radachowsky
WCS has launched a cellphone-based photo competition – “Eyes of the Jaguar”, inviting the people of Central America to showcase the wonder and plight of the region’s wildlife.
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Setting Sail for the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey
by Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur
To better understand and safeguard marine diversity, WCS and local partners are currently conducting the Bangladesh Marine Megafauna Survey. Elisabeth Fahrni Mansur reports for National Geographic.
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Bringing Bolivia’s Flying Potato from the Jungle to the City
by Rob Wallace
Rob Wallace reports on how Leco communities in Bolivia are improving practices for family gardens, as well as for coffee, cattle ranching, incense, and small livestock management.
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Community-Based Conservation: Building Grassroots Demand for Democracy
by Peter Zahler, Michael Painter, David Wilkie
Through conservation, more local communities are learning how to collaborate in building processes and procedures to ensure their members share the benefits of sustainable natural resource use.
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There Is Hope for Malaysia’s Environment
by Melvin Gumal
Today there are many young Malaysians acting for wildlife and the environment. We must inhale this currency of hope to create a critical mass of people who will take up action for our environmental future.
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How a Small Army of Scientists Hopes to Save the World's Rarest Sandpiper
by Jonathan Slaght
The Gulf of Martaban is a huge place, and while surveys turned up 75] birds, the devastatingly low numbers in prime sandpiper territory confirmed a long-held truth: The species is in deep trouble.
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Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before It’s Too Late
by George Schaller
In a statement today, WCS's George Schaller argues for the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and that "we forget as a nation that if we hurt nature we will ultimately hurt ourselves."
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Tribute to Rangers, Our Local Heroes
by Lee McLoughlin
Belize's wildlife rangers know the Belize environment intimately, in a way that most of us could never appreciate. Without rangers, we stand to lose so much, so the next time you see one say, "Thank you!"
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What Sustainable Wildlife Conservation Really Looks Like
by Peter Zahler
WCS and partners are working to offer scholarship funding to the next generation of conservation leaders from the developing world. As WCS's Peter Zahler notes, the program has been an enormous success.
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Sharks and Rays: Migratory Species with a Story Worth Telling
by Luke Warwick
After years focused on action to protect the world’s birds, cetaceans, and even the monarch butterfly, the UN Convention on Migratory Species has begun to focus on the conservation of sharks and rays.
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The Time Has Come for an EU-Wide Domestic Ivory Ban
by Janice Weatherley-Singh
Why is the EU dragging its heels when it comes to saving elephants and closing its domestic ivory market? The only way to clamp down on this trade is by closing down legal domestic markets.
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Afghanistan, Birding, and Conflict – the ABCs of Conservation in a Complex Landscape
by Peter Zahler
WCS has been working with the Afghan government and local communities in Afghanistan since 2006 to help build the country’s capacity to manage and protect their wildlife and natural resources.
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East of Siberia: A Spoon-Billed Curiosity
by Jonathan Slaght
Efforts to keep Spoon-billed sandpipers from the yawning void of extinction have been nothing short of Herculean. Today, Russian conservationists guard breeding pairs on the Arctic tundra like pots of feathered gold.
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African Grey Parrots Flying Free in the Congo
by David Oehler
Bronx Zoo Curator of Ornithology David Oehler describes a trip to the Republic of the Congo to assist WCS Congo Program staff in the care of parrots seized from wildlife traffickers.
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The Tenacity of Tigers: How the Biggest Cat Varies Across Its Range
by Jon Slaght, Julie Larsen Maher
Tigers have found ways to persist over evolutionary time by squeezing every advantage they can from their circumstances, be it in humid jungle or frost-cracked forest.
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With Good Governance We Can Protect Wildlife and the Wellbeing of Traditional People in Africa
by David Wilkie
A new initiative funded by the European Commission and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Secretariat seeks to counter the key factors driving the unsustainable hunting of wildlife for food in forests.
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