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Honolulu Civil Beat

Brittany Lyte

16 April 2021

Hawaii, United States

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After a five-year effort to reintroduce the alala bird on Hawaii’s Big Island failed, conservationists are looking into releasing the nearly extinct Hawaiian crow on a different island. Of the 30 birds released in 201...

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Jay Price

2 March 2021

Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States

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A unique partnership between the U.S. military, conservation groups, private landowners, and state and local governments has allowed the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker to grow in numbers. By working together, they...

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Emily Sohn

Carla Rhodes

23 February 2021

Assam, India

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Purnima Devi Barman has been building trust and working with various community members to save a stork species called the greater adjutant in India. Because of her work, she has inspired more than 10,000 women and the...

The Guardian

Damian Carrington

11 February 2021

United Kingdom

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Pet cats kill about 100 million animals a year in the United Kingdom, so to discourage the behavior, and protect mice, rabbits, and birds, scientists conducted an experiment with over 300 household cats. They found th...

The Guardian

Chris Baraniuk

19 January 2021

Namibia

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Tens of thousands of vulnerable bird species have been saved over the last decade thanks to new equipment that has been installed by Namibian fishing boats. By fitting colorful hosepipe to lines towed behind boats, a ...

South Dakota News Watch

Mark Andersen

24 November 2020

South Dakota, United States

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A band of farmers in South Dakota are reviving “heritage turkeys,” an ancient breed of turkeys that went nearly extinct in the 1990s. There can be a learning curve and upfront costs when working with heritage turkeys,...

Al Jazeera

Neeta Lal

8 November 2020

Pub Majir Gaon, Assam, India

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After a conservation biologist noticed that the number of birds in her Indian village dwindled over the years, she knew she had to take action. Purnima Devi Barman started to help educate her community about the histo...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

Manish Kumar

6 October 2020

Telukunchi, Andhra Pradesh, India

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The Asian openbill stork makes its home in the Telukunchi village in India for six months of the year, and the locals band together to protect this migratory bird. The birds thrive off of the wetlands environment and ...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Kevin Knodell

6 September 2020

Hawaii, United States

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Members of the Marine Corps in Hawaii often pull double duty: military training and endangered species protection. For example, in June, the Marines roped off 13 green sea turtle nests on a local beach. Part of their ...

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jhesset Enano

9 August 2020

Davao City, Philippines

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Despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Eagle Foundation is turning to digital tools and the internet to continue their work of saving the critically endangered species. Since March, the orga...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Izabelė Pukėnaitė

30 July 2020

Šilutė, Lithuania

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A Lithuanian government program pays farmers to delay working in their fields in an effort to preserve the aquatic warbler, an endangered bird species. While there are 186 farmers who participate in the program, more ...

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Kartik Chandramouli

31 March 2020

New Delhi, India

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Across India, as people are spending more time at home because of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals in increasing numbers are turning to new ways to connect to nature and each other. They are usin...

Hakai Magazine

Libby Sander

18 February 2020

Chesapeake, Maryland, United States

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The Natural Lands Project works with local landowners to turn hundreds of hectares of marginal croplands into native grasslands. The grasses offer refuge for the northern bobwhite quail and grip the soil, which helps ...

Hakai Magazine

Kerry Rose Graning

20 January 2020

Louisiana, United States

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Martin Ecosystems uses recycled plastic bottles to manufacture artificial islands and shorelines, allowing native vegetation to grow and preventing land erosion, which has restored Louisiana’s wetlands and barrier isl...

Mongabay

Fredrick Mugira

24 December 2019

Kabale, Uganda

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Working with communities to develop alternative forms of livelihood helps to curb unsustainable practices and land degradation. In Uganda, the destruction of wetland habitat by farmers had had a serious impact on the ...

Freethink

Teresa Carey

4 November 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In the morning, before the city’s cleaning crew makes its rounds, volunteers of the Lights Out Baltimore chapter are counting the number of birds that fly into buildings. Each year, for four months, they monitor 25 bu...

Mongabay

Mark Hillsdon

1 November 2019

Ulcinj, Montenegro

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Encouraging governments to behave transparently can also assist in environmental conservation efforts. Ulcinj Salina, an important saltwater wetland in Montenegro, faced an uncertain future prior to an international l...

Mongabay

Hannah Thomasy

25 April 2019

Little Barrier Island, New Zealand

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After a rare flightless parrot called kākāpō almost went extinct in 1995, scientists in New Zealand created a high-tech sanctuary for the birds on three nearby islands. They eliminate all possible predators from the i...

National Geographic

Sarah Feldberg

5 March 2019

Codfish Island, New Zealand

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Scientists, volunteers, and rangers are working around the clock to save the endangered kakapo, a native New Zealand bird. With only 147 of these charismatic birds left in the world, they’re taking a multi-pronged, hi...

Wyoming Public Media

Amanda Peacher

5 February 2019

Nampa, Idaho, United States

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In urban centers, crows aggregate in huge numbers, causing headaches for business owners and residents. In Nampa, Idaho, officials are getting creative in dissuading the birds nightly visits. The tactics--from noise g...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Ian McCluskey

2 January 2019

Umatilla, Oregon, United States

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At a decommissioned chemical depot, a lone biologist has been building artificial homes for burrowing owls. To date, he's installed some 182 burrows. Not only have his efforts helped bring a declining species back acr...

KHNS FM

Claire Stremple

20 December 2018

Haines, Alaska, United States

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Birders in Haines, Alaska, participate in what could be the longest-running citizen science project in the nation's history: the Audobon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Armed with binoculars and clipboards, these citi...

Mongabay

Shreya Dasgupta

13 December 2018

Singchung Village, Arunachal Pradesh, India

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A new species of bird discovered in the small village of Singchung, India has been named after the Indigenous people who own that land — the bird is called Bugun liocichla, named after the Bugun people. Not only did t...

The New York Times

Ian Urbina

24 November 2018

Oregon, United States

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An elk hunt in Oregon shows one way states regulate lead ammunition by prohibiting hunters from firing lead bullets in some state wildlife areas. It’s part of a wider effort to eradicate lead ammunition that can conta...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Moyra Shields

12 September 2018

Riverina, New South Wales, Australia

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The swift parrot population in the NSW Riverina in Australia is quickly declining and historically used tracking methods are falling short in accurate measurements. To better track the birds and monitor survival metho...

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