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An Infrared Camera has Observed a Wild Panda Eating Meat

Rare images of a wild panda eating meat at the Conservancy’s Land Trust Reserve project site in Sichuan shed new light on the emblematic species. Continue reading

Cooperative Conservation Initiative Protects Golden-cheeked Warbler Habitat in South Texas

The Nature Conservancy of Texas and the United States Army announced today the closing of an innovative public-private transaction of a conservation easement on 57-acres of hilltop property in The Dominion and a transfer of a 223-acre ranch known as The Neighbor Tract in Bandera County. The Neighbor property is adjacent to the Conservancy’s existing 1,800-acre Love Creek Preserve. The easement and fee transfer protect significant habitat for the golden-cheeked warbler, a federally endangered songbird. It also meets the obligations of the owner of The Dominion property, Highlands Dominion, L.L.C. (Highlands Dominion) for mitigation under the Endangered Species Act, and provides mitigation credits, which will allow for expansion of training areas on Camp Bullis.

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Historic Agreement Signed to Restore Northern Arizona Forests

Conservationists, scientists, industry representatives, community leaders and the U.S. Forest Service have signed an historic agreement to restore ponderosa pine forests in four national forests in northern Arizona. More than 20 organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Four Forest Restoration Initiative Collaborative Stakeholder Group and the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto National Forests.

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Important Bird Migration Habitat Restored Along Virginia’s Eastern Shore

The Nature Conservancy, together with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and private landowners, have begun work on 418 acres of wetland and habitat restoration projects slated to be completed over the next two years.

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Apparent downward trend continues for Florida scrub-jays, according to 2010 Jay Watch report

The Nature Conservancy has released the findings from volunteers’ extensive 2010 survey of jay populations.

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China Pledges to End Species Extinction by 2020

The central government of China has released the country’s first nationwide conservation strategy in 16 years. China’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan both assesses the progress of China’s environmental initiatives over the last two decades and sets out an ambitious agenda for future conservation, including a halt to the loss of all biodiversity in China by 2020.

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Rat Island is Officially Rat-Free

Biologists who are restoring seabird habitat on a remote island in Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge confirmed today that Rat Island is now rat-free. The report comes after two years of careful field monitoring at Rat Island, where the invasive predator decimated native seabird populations by preying on eggs and chicks.

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Baird’s Sandpiper Far From Plains Migratory Route

The North Carolina mountains get a lot of tourists this time of year, but one of the rarest was sighted this past week at the Conservancy’s Big Yellow Mountain Preserve in Avery County. Baird’s Sandpiper, which breeds in the high Arctic and then migrates through the plains states to its winter home in the Andes and Patagonia region of South America, was photographed atop the 5,540-foot peak.

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“World Atlas of Mangroves” Highlights the Importance of and Threats to Mangroves

The first global assessment of mangroves in over a decade reveals that rare and critically important mangrove forests continue to be lost at a rate three to four times higher than land-based global forests, despite positive restoration efforts by some countries.

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Volunteers Needed to Help Study Threatened Florida Scrub-jay

The Nature Conservancy’s Jay Watch program seeks volunteer “citizen-scientists” and offers free training sessions in May and June. No prior experience is needed for volunteers.

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