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Turkey Talk: Anatomy of the Thanksgiving Centerpiece
turkey dinner, thanksgiving
November 26th, 2014
We know that a wishbone grants wishes, but what does it do for the turkey? From the wishbone to the wings, there is more to the physiology of Thanksgiving's central bird than how it tastes.
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Half of Earth's Wildlife Lost Since 1970, Report Finds
lioness
September 30th, 2014
The number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish on Earth dropped by 52 percent from 1970 to 2010, according to the World Wildlife Fund's newly released Living Planet Report.
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Traffickers of Mantas and Devil Rays Get Bitten in Busts
Manta and mobula rays at Bali fish market, poaching
November 24th, 2014
Body parts from enormous manta rays are getting hard to sell on the black market, thanks to raids against poachers.
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Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots
River turtle hatchling
September 17th, 2014
Some turtles and their young talk — albeit at low frequencies.
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The Wilderness Act Turns 50
wilderness act, grizzly bears, protections
September 3rd, 2014
In terms of America’s best ideas, wilderness ranks alongside National Parks.
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New York's Power to Fight Illegal Ivory (Op-Ed)
ivory bust, poaching, elephants
August 12th, 2014
Just in time for World Elephant Day (Aug. 12), New York today banned the sale of ivory in the state.
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Fulfilling the Broken Promise of Nature Reserves (Op-Ed)
conservation, WCS, Wildlife Conservation Society, amur tigers
November 18th, 2014
Protected areas across the planet are failing, but it is not too late to reverse that trend.
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As Arctic Melts, Shipping Traffic Blasts Wildlife (Op-Ed)
The sun setting over a field of broken sea ice, or frozen seawater that floats on the ocean, in Antarctica.
September 9th, 2014
Arctic traffic is jamming marine wlidlife.
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A Centenary for the Last Passenger Pigeon (Op-Ed)
Passenger pigeon painting by naturalist and artist John James Audubon
August 30th, 2014
On the one-hundredth anniversary of the last passenger pigeon's death, reflections on the loss of darkened skies.
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