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You Tell Us: What’s the Biggest Conservation Issue?
Polar bear, Canada.
Photo © Lindsey P. Martin
You Tell Us: What's the Biggest Conservation Issue?
Climate change, water scarcity, warming seas…Planet Earth faces a host of environmental concerns, all of them serious and important to people, plants and animals. But what do you think is the biggest conservation issue of all?

Share Your Love of Nature
Great blue herons, Florida.
Photo © David Roach
Share Your Love of Nature
Give a green gift your Valentine is sure to love! Delight your sweetheart and share your passion for conservation with a gift membership from our Valentine's Day green gift guide.

 What Does a Healthy River Look Like?
Graphic © TNC
What Does a Healthy River Look Like?
A healthy river pulses with seasonal flow patterns that orchestrate plant and animal life cycles. But what happens when dams interrupt that natural flow? Find out with our cool new interactive graphic…and see the science behind healthy rivers!

 Vote for Your Favorite Nature Photo
Female cardinal, Texas. (Winner, 2008 Nature Photo Contest)
Photo © Howard B. Cheek
Vote for Your Favorite Nature Photo
See the finalists in our 4th Annual Digital Photo Contest and help select the Grand Prize winner! Members like you submitted tens of thousands of stunning images — now it's time to choose your favorite. Winners will be announced on February 15.

Explore the Mississippi!
Paddle-boat traveling down the
Photo © Mark Godfrey/TNC
Explore the Mississippi!
Put on your travelin' shoes and join The Nature Conservancy for a remarkable 13-day journey along the Mississippi River! See photo slideshows and videos of the people who call the river home and learn how the Conservancy is working to protect and restore America's Great River.

 A Hippo in…Australia?
A pair of pygmy hippos, Africa.
Photo © Wikimedia Commons
A Hippo in…Australia?
A pygmy hippo — a native of Africa — shot in Australia? The Nature Conservancy's Matt Miller says it's true — and an example of a brave new world.

 Ask the Conservationist: The Carbon Market of the Future
Woods along the Connecticut River, Massachusetts.
Photo © Jerry and Marcy Monkman
Ask the Conservationist: The Carbon Market of the Future
A reader from Connecticut wants to know if owners of small, wooded plots of land — 50 to 1,000 acres — can participate in the carbon market of the future. The answer? Find out from Nature Conservancy experts!

Photo of the Month
Photo of the Month

“Inside I could see two balls of fur…”

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Canada lynx kittens, Montana.
Photo © Ted Wood

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.
Mel and the Woods
What's it take to build a good trail? Produced by Sarah Reynolds
The Story of Lata
Preserving traditional ways in the Solomon Islands. Produced by Stephanie Guyer-Stevens with Outer Voices
Cave People
Did people live here during the Ice Age? Produced by Lisa Busch and Robert Woolsey
When The Snow Melts on Svalbard
What happens to species when the snow is gone in the Arctic? Produced by Irene Quaile
Photo Credits (from top): Photo © Mark Godfrey/TNC; © Djuna Ivereigh/; © nbonzey via a Creative Commons license; © Rita Willaert via a Creative Commons license.
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