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A view of the inner reef with a lone mangrove tree interrupting the horizon with the night sky and milky-way above. Blurry lights of foragers looking for shellfish using torches and flashlights can be faintly seen in the background near the village of Utwe, Kosrae island, Micronesia. On this island, indigenous landowners are using the region’s first conservation easement to protect a rare ecosystem. They worked with the Conservancy to establish an income-generating easement—@nickhallphoto.
#micronesia #kosrae #mangrove #forests #conservation #indigenous #nature #savenature #community #protectpreserve #livenature

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A local man playing a Kacapi (or a Sampe) in his home in East Kalimantan Province, located on the eastern portion of the island of Borneo, Indonesia. His fellow villagers are preparing for the annual Nom Plan festival, which celebrates the harvest each spring. The festival involves a ritual cleansing of the village by local women, a canoe competition, music, and traditional dances. The Nature Conservancy is working here throughout 78,000 square miles to protect an incredibly rare expanse of biologically rich tropical rainforests—photo by @nickhallphoto.
@id_nature #indonesia #nature #indigenous #livenature

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Aerial views of the Ellsworth Creek Preserve in Washington. The Nature Conservancy's 7,600 acre Ellsworth Creek Preserve links with the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge along over five miles of Willapa Bay shoreline. The Conservancy purchased the entire watershed to protect old-growth forest, salmon, amphibians, birds and more. Working with partners Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, the Conservancy implements common forest management goals, shares strategies, and results. Working together, nearly $1 million in restoration grants has been secured—@chriscrisman.
@conserve_wa #washington #forests #savenature #preserve #protectpreserve #willapa

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A coconut crab resting on a tree in Palmyra Atoll. Palmyra sits about a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i and is one of the most breathtaking marine wilderness areas on Earth. The Nature Conservancy bought Palmyra in 2000 and today it is a national marine monument. The Conservancy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are partnering to protect it for years to come—photo by @timcalver
#palmyra #island #atoll #beautiful #savenature #protectpreserve #livenature

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Jacqueline Mevoghe catches and cleans fish off Aschouka Island, Gabon, one late afternoon in May. The Nature Conservancy is working with local partner OELO to help communities assemble and establish local fisheries associations to address issues such as illegal fishing gear and declining fish stocks. “I have been fishing since I was a little girl,” Jacqueline says. “You would just throw the net in the water and you would capture so many fish. Now it's very hard work: You always have to go to the water and set the nets and you don't always catch something.” OELO and the Conservancy hope to create a more sustainable fishing operation for the community and nature—photo by @roshni.lodhia.
@nature_africa #gabon #fishing #sustainability #community #nature #indigenousday #savenature #livenature

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A team of Gabonese and American scientist remove specimen from a seine net fish in a river near Fougamou, Gabon. The country of Gabon is gearing up for the production of several hydropower dams in the coming years. In order to launch these dams successfully, scientist are surveying rivers to better understand the species that inhabit these ecosystems. The Nature Conservancy assembled a team of six to spend several weeks in the Gabonese rainforest to make this happen. The idea is to create baselines and to better understand the impact of human activity on natural habitats. Discover more, bit.ly/HydropowerInGabon—photo by @roshni.lodhia.
@nature_africa #africa #gabon #protectpreserve #habitat #savenature #livenature

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Augustin Nzoghe, a community leader and head of Aschouka Island, and his wife Ophelie Efire, gillnet fish in the early morning hours on Aschouska Island, Gabon. The country of Gabon is gearing up for a large initiative—harnessing the power of its rivers to boost renewable electricity production. In the coming years, this Central African rainforest nation will build dozens of hydropower plants. In order to ensure the best decisions are made economically and environmentally, The Nature Conservancy has assembled a team of Gabonese and American scientist to assess all angles of progressing hydropower plans. The hope is to advance economically and continue to protect the country’s natural and precious resources and habitats. Learn more at bit.ly/HydropowerInGabon—photo by @roshni.lodhia.
@nature_africa #gabon #africa #hydropower #savenature #protectpreserve #nature #livenature

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Aerial view of tidal creeks and tributaries of the Winyah Bay Basin area, primarily in Town Creek, South Carolina. Freshwater wetlands are vulnerable to changes in salinity caused by higher tides, sea level rise, and industrial and agricultural water use. The Nature Conservancy has been assessing new conservation approaches to better preserve the near-coastal habitats that sustain wildlife—photo by @macstonephoto.
#southcarolina #us #northamerica #climatechange #habitat #protectpreserve #savenature #livenature

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Štrbački buk Waterfalls are one of the most pristine natural features of the Una River. These falls and the Una River form a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The spring fed falls and gin clear waters of the Una are part of the Una National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in 2006. The Nature Conservancy is developing partnerships with European governments and development agencies to achieve shared conservation goals here and around the world—photo by @kengeiger.
#europe #unariver #waterfalls #chasingwaterfalls #freshwater #savenature #protectpreserve #livenature

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A brown bear fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls in Alaska. Salmon are considered a “keystone species” and are one of the first species to suffer when stream water quality declines. The Nature Conservancy, partners, and the community are putting practices in play that protect and enhance habitat for salmon—photo by @amivitale.
#alaska #habitat #salmon #nature #savenature #protectpreserve #freshwater #livenature

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Nearly 70 miles off of Key West, seven small islands form Dry Tortugas National Park and appear at the end of the Florida Keys chain. Dry Tortugas sits in the Florida Reef System (FRS) which is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the continental U.S. It spans 358 miles in Southeast Florida, from the Dry Tortugas off Key West, north to Martin County. The FRS is home to many inhabitants including several coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Nature Conservancy spearheaded the Florida Reef Resilience Program, which has brought together managers from around the world and strengthens their ability to protect and manage coral reefs. The Conservancy and partners have been propagating the endangered coral at nearby nursery sites—photo by @carltonward.
@natureflorida #florida #loveFL #visitflorida #conservation #nature #protectpreserve #endangeredspecies #savenature #livenature

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Today is World Ranger Day! Thank you to all the rangers who risk their lives to save and protect wildlife. Some of our most helpful elephant-saving rangers are anti-poaching dogs. Warrior and Machine are bloodhound brothers who live and work at @loisaba_conservancy in northern Kenya. They came to Loisaba from @oljogi where they were trained from a young age as sniffer dogs. Bloodhounds are incredibly valuable to wildlife protection because they have more than 200 million olfactory cells— that’s about 40 times as many as humans. Learn more at nature.org/rangerdogs—photo by @amivitale.
@nature_africa #Kenya #wildlife #protect #saveanimals #beautiful #nature #protectpreserve #livenature

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An entry road to the Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh preserve. Mad Island is part of an expansive coastal wetlands system which, 60 years ago, stretched nearly unbroken along the mid- and upper-Texas Gulf Coast. It lies along the Central Flyway, one of four principal North American migratory bird routes. Nearly 250 species of birds—including migrating and resident songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl—use the area for nesting, feeding, resting and roosting. In 1993, The Nature Conservancy of Texas, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Dow Chemical, US EPA, Trull Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas partnered to raise $2.5 million for conservation and preservation of the marsh—photo by @ianshivephoto.
#Texas #tejas #madisland #beautiful #birds #migratorybirds #conservation #protectpreserve #livenature

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Layla and Janae Messerly enjoy the sun on Matador Ranch in the northeastern plains of Montana. In 2002, the Conservancy began leasing parts of the ranch to neighboring ranchers who were suffering from several years of severe drought—essentially offering the Matador’s grass to neighboring ranches in exchange for their participation in conservation efforts. Today, 13 ranchers graze their cattle on the Matador, and the grassbank has enabled the Conservancy to leverage conservation on more than 225,000 additional acres of private land without the cost of purchase of the land or of easements—photo by @amivitale.
#montana #usa #ranch #cattle #conservation #livenature

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A detail of tadpole shrimp samples from a vernal pool on the Howard Ranch near Sacramento, California. Vernal pools are temporary wetlands that provide nutrients and habitat for distinctive plants and animals. On this ranch, The Nature Conservancy has been conducting research to determine the effects of cattle grazing on California’s delicate habitats—photo by @ianshivephoto.
#california #usa #westcoast #habitat #habitatmonth #noaa #nature #savenature #livenature

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A Black Mangrove seedling pushes up through the mud in near Île-à-Vache, Haiti. Today is International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove. Mangrove forests protect coasts by absorbing wave energy, reducing erosion of shorelines, & adapting to sea level rise. They're important habitat to wildlife and nurseries to the fish that communities and ecosystems depend on. Learn more how mangroves and other ecosystems protect coasts, bit.ly/coastalprotection—photo by @timcalver.
#haiti #habitat #habitatmonth #conservation #mangrove #savenature #climatechange #protection #protectpreserve #livenature

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A view of caribbean seagrass and an island in Turneffe Atoll, Belize in the Caribbean. Seagrass meadows are one of the most important marine ecosystems that may not initially come to mind. But similar to terrestrial plants, they capture the sun’s energy and generate food and oxygen. They are the most helpful to fish populations and provide critical habitat and protection. A presence of seagrass means significant increases for many species—photo by Ethan Daniels.
#caribbean #belize #turneffeatoll #sea #habitat #habitatmonth #noaa #protectpreserve #savenature #livenature

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A volunteer for the Global Vision International holds a juvenile Aldabra giant tortoise on Curieuse Island in the Seychelles. The second largest population—about 300—of free roaming Aldabra giant tortoises live on this island and get measured twice a year for conservation purposes. The Conservancy's NatureVest program, gathered enough impact capital and philanthropic grants to help Seychelles restructure nearly $30 million of its debt. The arrangement allows the government to redirect its debt payments to an independent trust fund that will be used for reducing the climate vulnerability of Seychelles’ marine and coastal ecosystems. Learn more at bit.ly/SavingSeychelles—photo by @jasonbhouston.
#seychelles #indianocean #curieuseisland #tortoise #animals #wildlife #protectpreserve #livenature

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The famous rocks at Rodeo Beach in Marin Headlands, California. Marin Headlands’ majestic views and hilly peninsula make it one of the most visited sites in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s National Park System. What some don’t know is in the 1960’s this treasure was almost lost. Marin County’s Board of Supervisors approved a 2,000-acre development to be built in a new town in the headlands. The Nature Conservancy partnered with local citizens and other environmentalists to halt the project and was finally able to acquire the headlands in 1972. In 1975, it was transferred to the @nationalparkservice, to form the basis for The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest urban parks in the world—photo by @ianshivephoto.
#california #cali #westcoast #usa #nature #findyourpark #park101 #beautiful #nature #marinheadlands #explore #naturephotos #livenature

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Swallow-tailed kites cuddle in their nest at the top of a large loblolly pine in Withlacoochee State Forest in Florida. These swift and graceful raptors once nested in 21 states in cypress swamps and other freshwater forested wetlands. But these habitats have been dwindling for centuries. They are threatened by agriculture, logging, dams, dredging, and invasive species. Recent scientific studies have also found that the wetland habitat is vulnerable to changes in salinity caused by higher tides and sea-level rise. The Nature Conservancy and its partners have come together to research swallow-tailed kites, their behavior, and their transitioning habitats. They’ve already protected more than 1 million acres of current and potential habitat in South Carolina’s coastal plain. But there is still much more learning in this process in order to properly mitigate the problems—photo by @macstonephoto.
#habitat #florida #loveFL #swallowtailedkites #birds #animals #savenature #climatehange #protectpreserve #livenature
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