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We're a conservation organization working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends — and taking great photographs!

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Baby Kemp's ridley sea turtles are released and head for the ocean. The most endangered of sea turtle species living in the Gulf of Mexico, Kemp's ridleys are raised from eggs in a hatchery and then released on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore in Texas, where they will eventually return to nest.—Photo by @carltonward for The Nature Conservancy. @nature_tx #seaturtle #texas #conservation

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National Park Service staff and volunteers release baby Kemp's ridley sea turtles on Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. Kemp's ridley sea turtles, the most endangered species of sea turtle, live in the Gulf of Mexico, are raised from eggs in a hatchery and released on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore, where they will eventually return to nest. Donna Shaver, pictured here, is the director of the Kemp's ridley sea turtle conservation program on Padre Island National Seashore in Texas. Photo by Carlton Ward for The Nature Conservancy #seaturtles #texas #conservation #protectpreserve #savenature

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The federally threatened Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae) thrives on prairies like The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Ranch Preserve in North Dakota.  Davis Ranch Preserve provides an excellent habitat for the Dakota skipper with mid-height grasses, including little bluestem, which are an important part of their habitat.  Photo by Scott Krych #butterflies #conservation #protectpreserve

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What can filter 50 gallons of water a day and tastes great with a little lemon? The mighty oyster. The White Stone Oyster Company produced the oysters seen on this plate and are part of a growing aquaculture business in the Chesapeake Bay. As this bay’s oyster population increases, so does the quality of its water as these molluscs remove nitrogen and phosphorus. We think that makes them a truly good food. Learn about more sustainable foods in our forthcoming spring issue.—Photo by @robertclarkphoto @whitestoneoysters #oysters #sustainablefood #yummy #saturday

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Sunrise over wetlands at Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories then twist and tumble through an eight-mile long gorge. The "black" water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls are one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. Photo by Kent Mason #westvirginia #wetlands #protectpreserve #nature

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Sea Lions (zalophus californianus) swimming underwater off Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park, California. Photo by @ianshivephoto #sealions #califonia #oceans #naturephotography #channelislands

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Enjoying the end of great day on the north neck of Chesapeake Bay, on assignment for @ nature_org.—Photo by @robertclarkphoto
#northneck #virginia #whitestoneoysters

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The bird count starts at midnight with volunteer Jim Harrison leading a group through shallow marshes to spot nocturnal birds, like barn owls and yellow rails. Mad Island Preserve, Texas.—Photo by @karineaigner #owls #midnight #nocturnal #birds #texas

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Samuel Brown looks for lions that have been collared at Loisaba Wilderness in Laikipia, Northern Kenya May 17, 2015. Loisaba is an important area for protection for The Nature Conservancy and its partners because it provides habitat for more than 260 bird and 57 mammal species, and is an important elephant corridor.
—�Photo by Ami Vitale #Kenya #lions #nature #conservation

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The Pinnacle and Colorado River from Moab Rim Trail in Utah.—Photo by @tomtill #whatsyournature #protectpreserve #savenature

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White Terns (Gygis alba) photographed in Aride Island Special Reserve, nest on the Seychelles Islands.—Photo by Jason Houston #birds #seychelles #protectpreserve #naturephotography

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Seychelles is a global biodiversity hotspot containing 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of East Africa. Its “Blue Economy” is based on tuna and tourism, which, along with its low-lying island geography, makes its people and economy particularly vulnerable to the threats of climate change. To protect its most important natural resource, Seychelles completed an innovative debt-for-nature swap with TNC and the Paris Club in 2015. As part of the deal, this archipelago nation has committed to protecting 30 percent of its marine territory by 2020, resulting in one of the largest marine reserves on the planet! Click the link in our bio to read a new story on this important conservation work from @theeconomist. —Photo by @jasonbhouston
@nature_africa #beautiful #seychelles #islands #ocean #marineprotectedarea #africa #protectpreserve #livenature #nature #conservation

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The Nature Conservancy’s Marathon Grasslands Preserve located in west Texas in the northern portion of the Marathon Basion region. It is a 2,701-acre area comprised of diverse Chihuahuan Desert grassland habitat. This region supports an array of wildlife, including migratory raptors, grassland birds, pronghorn, kit foxes, burrowing owls, golden eagles, and the federally endangered northern aplomado falcon. Photo by @jerodfoster @nature_tx #texas #sunset #savenature #conservation

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Studio portrait of a Mexican free-tailed bat in Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in Mason, Texas. The Nature Conservancy and partners are deeply involved in bat habitat preservation. The Conservancy and Bat Conservation International rallied support from politicians and the people of Texas to convince developers to not build houses near Bracken Cave. The organizations continue to work together to prevent development on territories occupied by bats.—Photo by @kaigner #bats #texas #protectpreserve #whatsyournature

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Davis Mountain Preserve, Texas.  Biology teacher Johnny Wilson and his high school students from St. Stephen's Episcopal School explore the bugs found at Davis Mountain Preserve with a black light.—Photo by @ianshivephoto @nature_tx #texas #protectpreserve #bugs

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Half Moon Reef oyster restoration project in Matagorda Bay, Texas. A pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) caught in a benthic tow, a routine sampling technique for quantifying fish abundance and diversity.—Photo by Jerod Foster for The Nature Conservancy #texas #conservation #reefs #protectpreserve

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This week we’re featuring the work of our @nature_tx office! Half Moon Reef oyster restoration project in Matagorda Bay, Texas.  Oysters, the unsung heroes of the Gulf of Mexico, play a vital role in protecting the health of our oceans.  The Nature Conservancy has made oyster reef restoration a cornerstone of our efforts to protect and restore the Gulf Coast. Our most exciting project to date is the successful restoration of Half Moon Reef, an underwater oyster colony in the heart of Texas’ Matagorda Bay.  Completed in 2014, the 54-acre Half Moon Reef stands as one of the largest restoration projects around the country, said Boze Hancock, research scientist for the Conservancy’s Global Marine Team.—Photo by @jerodfoster for The Nature Conservancy #texas #oysters #protectpreserve #savenature

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This week we are featuring the work of our @nature_tx office!The Bahia Grande, a large wetland at the southernmost tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Texas—and one of its most imperiled.  In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Texas received more than $700 million in restoration funding as part of the RESTORE Act, which directs all fines and penalties resulting from the spill to affected Gulf states. Since its passage in 2012, The Nature Conservancy has analyzed dozens of Gulf Coast restoration plans and worked to ensure the work included in them has a positive and lasting impact on estuaries, watersheds, salt marshes, oyster reefs, and barrier beaches—natural features that provide critical habitat to a range of species and help protect coastal communities in the face of rising sea levels and natural disasters. —Photo by Dero Sanford @nature_tx #texas #bahiagrande #protectpreserve

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This week we are highlighting the work of our field office @nature_tx!  Kicking off Monday with this dreamy photo of Dolan Falls Preserve, Texas, located on the arid western border of the Texas Hill Country, halfway between Del Rio and Sonora in Val Verde County.  The preserve consists of 4,788 acres and is bolstered by an additional 129,521 acres that is either owned in fee or under Conservancy conservation easements along the Devils River.  The river and its associated springs house rare salamanders and fish, many of which are unique to the Chihuahuan Desert region.—Photo by @ianshivephoto #texas #rivers #protectpreserve

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Get ready, this week we're highlighting The Nature Conservancy's work in Texas!  A prairie dog spotted in The Nature Conservancy’s Marathon Grasslands Preserve located in west Texas in the northern portion of the Marathon Basin region. It is a 2,701-acre area comprised of diverse Chihuahuan Desert grassland habitat. This region supports an array of wildlife, including migratory raptors, grassland birds, pronghorn, kit foxes, burrowing owls, golden eagles, and the federally endagered northern aplomado falcon. Photo by @jerodbfoster @nature_tx #prairiedog #texas #grasslands #protectpreserve
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