Boots On The Ground Conservation


  • A Strange Cloud Near St. Louis

    Late last week, meteorologists in St. Louis noticed a cloud acting peculiarly: It was beating a path toward Mexico while changing into a variety of odd shapes. Was it a radar glitch? The debris signature of a south-moving tornado? Nope.

  • Wolves Back on the Endangered Species List

    Two years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stripped gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protections in Wyoming, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, has reinstated their status.

  • Sand dunes reveal biodiversity secrets in Australia

    Ancient, acidic and nutrient-depleted dunes in Western Australia are not an obvious place to answer a question that has vexed tropical biologists for decades. But the Jurien Bay dunes proved to be the perfect site to unravel why plant diversity varies from place to place. Scientists show that environmental filtering -- but not a host of other theories -- determines local plant diversity in one of Earth's biodiversity hotspots.
  • Photo of the Week – September 25, 2014


    A small male bee (Dufourea marginata) waits hopefully for a female to come by his sunflower.

    How do I know that? How does anyone know who this little guy is?

  • Goodnight Moon

    Flickr User: Lana Gramlich, See the original on Flickr »

  • Impact of temperature on belowground soil decomposition

    Earth's soils store four times more carbon than the atmosphere and small changes in soil carbon storage can have a big effect on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. A new paper concludes that climate warming does not accelerate soil organic carbon decomposition or affect soil carbon storage, despite increases in ecosystem productivity.
  • Caterpillar Crossing

    While driving through central Nebraska last week, I couldn’t help notice all the fuzzy creatures crossing the highway in front of me.  They weren’t raccoons, deer, or even voles.  They were tiny little caterpillars, and they were moving FAST.

  • Citizen Science Tuesday: Penguin Watch

    King Penguins on the march at Right Whale Beach, South Georgia Island. Photo © Steve Gould.

    King Penguins on the march at Right Whale Beach, South Georgia Island. Photo © Steve Gould. 

  • Happy Autumn

    Flickr User: Pascal Bovet, See the original on Flickr »

  • Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils

    Many native species have vanished from tropical islands because of human impact, but scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity. The key lies in organic materials found in fossil bones, which contain evidence for how ancient ecosystems functioned, according to a new study.