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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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Summer is Right Around the Corner… & So is Summer Camp

Punxsutawney Phil the gopher saw his shadow this weekend, so we have six more weeks of skiing, sledding and snow days. And as if on cue, our local new station began describing in detail the foot of sn…

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Oysters: Delicious and Invaluable

Every single person in this country has a vested interest in the viability of our coastal communities. These coastal communities are home to a growing number of Americans, support our food and energy …

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Find Your Place in Nature With the Christmas Bird Count

What types of holiday traditions does your family have? In our household, trimming the tree is an all-in family activity requiring Santa hats and (when the Texas weather cooperates) mugs of hot cocoa.…

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The Healing Power of Nature: Reflections from Sandy Hook

As an employee of the Nature Conservancy, I have the privilege of doing work that I love and that is making a difference in the world. As an ecologist, I have an understanding of the importance of nat…

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Creative Recycling: Craft Ideas for the Holidays

While there are many ways to reduce consumption and waste during the holidays, homemade gifts are one of our favorites. Not only are homemade gifts personal and heartfelt in a way that store bought gi…

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10 Reasons to be Thankful for Forests

As you gather with family and friends to enjoy a hearty meal and a flurry of holiday events, your plans are probably focused inside -- seated around a table, in front of the television watching the bi…

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Oysters: The Unsung Heroes of the Gulf of Mexico

photo: A "living shoreline" of oyster shells just a few miles from Half Moon Reef; many Gulf Coast bays and estuaries have little to no natural oyster shell left. © Jerod Foster While oysters are o…

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