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Scarlet Macaws Fly Free Again in Mexico’s Wilds

Scientists and an amusement park work together to reintroduce an iconic bird in the rainforests of Chiapas and Veracruz

Mexico is one of the top ten countries in the world in terms of bird diversity, but poverty, crime, and corruption can make it a difficult place for conservationists to work. In the remnant rainforests of Veracruz and Chiapas, however, the restoration…
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White-Nose Syndrome Continues to Kill Bat Populations Across North America

Efforts to get the most threatened bat species listed as endangered fail

Near the border of New Jersey and New York, a small bat tucked in its wings and hung from the eave of a forest cabin. The mammal was taking a well-deserved rest during the daylight hours, awaiting the sun’s dip below the…
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A Thousand Turtles

Notes on a Blanding’s turtle reintroduction project in the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Biologist Jared Green stands at the edge of a swamp on a picture perfect summer day, and scans the forest of drowned trees and duckweed-covered water that stretches out in front of him. He dials a frequency on the radio receiver he’s…
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After the Frack: Hydraulic Fracturing’s Intense Thirst

Water withdrawals and siltation create havoc on aquatic ecosystems

Ever since Josh Fox’s documentary film Gasland startled viewers with its scenes of flammable tap water, concerns about groundwater contamination have fueled the community-level opposition to hydraulic fracturing. While water contamination continues to be a serious concern when it comes to fracking,…
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Environmental Activists Continue to Face Interrogations at US-Canada Border

Members of Deep Green Resistance denied entry to Canada on the way to a Chris Hedges’ lecture

Three members of the radical environmental organization Deep Green Resistance and two other individuals were detained for more than seven hours at the Peace Arch border crossing between Washington State and British Columbia on their way to Vancouver to attend a talk…
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Illegal Sport Hunting in Russia: When It’s Misha the Bear, not Cecil the Lion

The rise of macho VIP poachers stymie wildlife protection laws in the country

The cases of illegal lion hunting in Zimbabwe and a recent United Nations resolution about wildlife poaching have captured the public’s attention in recent months. Yes, poaching of all forms of wildlife – from trophy species to marine life and butterflies –…
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Shell Abandons Alaska Arctic Drilling

Oil giant’s US president says hugely controversial drilling operations off Alaska will stop for ‘foreseeable future’ as drilling finds little oil and gas

Shell has abandoned its controversial drilling operations in the Alaskan Arctic in the face of mounting opposition in what jubilant environmentalists described as “an unmitigated defeat” for big oil. The Anglo-Dutch company had repeatedly stressed the enormous hydrocarbon potential of the far…
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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
A conversation with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People.
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Linda Hogan
The Chickasaw essayist, novelist and poet on the “radiant life with animals.”
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Oren Lyons
The Onondaga leader discusses the long fight for Indigenous sovereignty.
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The Heart of Everything That Is

Our ideas about wild nature can’t be understood without knowing the stories of the people who lived in North America before Columbus.
By Jason Mark

Renewing Relatives

One tribe’s efforts to bring back an ancient fish.
By Marty Holtgren, Stephanie Ogren, and Kyle Whyte

Indigenous Migrant Farmworkers Demand Change in the Fields

From Baja California to Washington State, farmworkers are pressing for higher wages and respect.
Photos and Text by David Bacon

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