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Nature Conservancy Magazine
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Great Places
December 2, 2009
Volume 9, Issue 12

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Give the Gift of Nature!
Give the gift of nature this holiday season.
Photo © TNC
Give the Gift of Nature!
This holiday season, unwrap great gifts from The Nature Conservancy! Protect hummingbird habitat, Adopt an Acre or Coral Reef, give a gift membership and more — The Nature Conservancy has something for everyone on your list!

Nature Year in Review 2009
Penobscot River.
Photo © Bridget Besaw
Nature Year in Review 2009
You helped us protect nature and preserve life all over Planet Earth in 2009 — from Colombia to California and Australia to Virginia. Read about our biggest conservation achievements of the year — made possible by your support!

 Natural Light: Winter Photos
Hart Prairie Preserve, Arizona.
Photo © Randy Prentice
Natural Light: Winter Photos
No matter what the weather is doing outside your window, you can stroll through a winter wonderland with our photo slideshow! Enjoy the beauty of newly fallen snow with these spectacular winter photos from the Conservancy's archive.

 Ghost Cat
Canada lynx.
Photo © Ted Wood
Ghost Cat
A historic land deal in Montana will protect habitat for the rare Canada lynx — if researchers can find the elusive feline. Join the search with our audio slideshow — and see a special feature on lynx kittens!

UN Climate Change Talks: Get the Basics
Photo © Nagillum/Flickr, Creative Commons BY 2.0
UN Climate Change Talks:
Get the Basics
What's all the fuss about Copenhagen (or COP 15, as insiders call it)? The big global climate change summit kicks off December 7 and everyone at your holiday party will be talking about it — find out why it matters and how the Conservancy is involved.

 Ask the Conservationist: How to Measure CO2?
Pollution from a manufacturing facility.
Photo © Mark Godfrey/TNC
Ask the Conservationist: How to Measure CO2?
If cap-and-trade legislation is enacted in the United States, what kinds of legal provisions does it include to ensure that companies are accurately measuring and reporting their emissions? One reader wants to know the nitty-gritty details, and our climate policy advisor has the answer.

Photo of the Month
Photo of the Month

“It was the perfect time of day to be out on the water…”

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Kayaking the Mississippi River in Minnesota.
Photo © Erika Nortemann/TNC

Nature Stories Podcast Podcasts
Each week, our Nature Stories podcast brings you unexpected tales of people's connections with the natural world. You may subscribe to the series or download the individual stories through the links below.
The Philosophy of Pig
A job lay-off leads to a new career saving heritage pigs. Produced by Neil Morrison with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Utah Luau
A Hawaiian pig roast in the desert? Produced by Jeff Rice
The Sound and the Sea
Does this body of water need a new name? Some think so. Produced by Paolo Pietropaolo
There's No Word for Robin
As the Arctic warms, its flora and fauna get more Southern. Produced by Bob Carty with the CBC
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