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Lessons from a Fifth Grader

My daughter "graduated" from fifth grade a couple of weeks ago. Before you roll your eyes and think, what has the world come to that we now celebrate 5th grade promotions, step back and think about al…

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Your Favorite Food Might Not Exist Without Bees

As species go, insects are generally not the most beloved. In fact, "bug" is a word that has become synonymous with "bad." Whether it's a stomach "bug," a computer "bug," an annoying schoolmate on the…

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How Can We Get More Women in Science?

There have been many stories in the recent media highlighting the lack of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, and a recent issue of The Atlantic offers an eye-opening ana…

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A (Not So) Surprising Factor in Raising Confident Girls

Much has been written recently about women and their rise in corporate America. One theory suggests that one factor holding women back is their lack of confidence. How does that get fixed? Obviously, …

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Watch Hoot & Annie On This Live Owl Cam

About five years ago, Cathy Howell, staff attorney for The Nature Conservancy in Texas, decided she needed a new project. This nature enthusiast and amateur woodworker wanted to get her hands dirty—an…

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What YOU Can Do To Help Your Kids Love Nature

As parents, we do our best to raise our children well and wish we could do some things better. One of the things I am most challenged by is the example I set for my children when it comes to using tec…

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These are the Hidden Costs of Oil Spills

A bird oiled by the Galveston spill. Photo: © Chase A. Fountain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department On March 22, the country's collective focus was once again on the Gulf of Mexico. Four years aft…

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Top 5 Natural Places to Visit in Texas

Anyone who knows me understands that I wear my love of Texas on my sleeve. As a born and bred Austin, Texas girl, my best memories are from the halcyon days of summer--annual road trips in the back of…

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Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

March 22nd is World Water Day; do you know where your water comes from? If you do, you're part of an elite group; only 23% of Americans know what lake, river or stream lies at the other end of their f…

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In Search of a Vanishing Lizard

Several years ago, Nature Conservancy vertebrate zoologist Mike Duran was concerned. In his seven years of conservation work, he’d never once seen a spot-tailed earless lizard (Holbrookia lacerata). T…

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