Ferns emit a radiantly green aura from below the canopy of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. Although much smaller than the nearby Amazon Rainforest, the Atlantic Forest still supports a range of biological diversity similar to that of the Amazon. It harbors 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, & amphibians, (5% of the Earth’s vertebrates), including golden lion tamarins, maned three-toed sloths, & 200 birds found nowhere else. Since 1991, the Conservancy has worked to restore this forest, stitching together a mosaic of land in various stages of development that keep forest corridors intact––photo by Devan King @dev.king #brazil#brasil#fern#green#forest#atlanticforest#restoration#livenature#savenature#flora#nature
“The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself,” Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
We know that we need clean air and water, but we don’t think as much about the soil beneath our feet. Soil is literally the foundation of all civilizations, of life itself even; we grow 95 % of the food we eat in the soil. Healthy soils are also crucial for maintaining clean water supplies and lessening climate change—photo by Rafael Araujo
Learn more, bit.ly/SavingSoil #AgDay#agriculture#soil#healthy#savenature#saveearth#conservation#photography#naturephotos#nature#livenature
A mother red-crowned crane feeds its hatchling in China. The second-rarest crane species in the world, red-crowned cranes breed in Siberia and Mongolia in the spring and summer before migrating across East Asia. Birds are indicators of the health and integrity of their environments, and migratory birds can serve as bellwethers for vast swathes of marine and land habitat. There has never been a more urgent time than now to support migratory birds and protect their critical stop-off points from development. ––photo by Pan Song Yi #savenature#crane#migratorybirds#bird#instabird#china#wildlife#livenature#firstdayofspring
Ellsworth Creek Preserve is about thinking big. The Conservancy purchased the entire watershed to protect stands of old-growth forest where some trees are over 800 years old and a gentle creek where coho & chum salmon spawn. Our scientists & partners have restored thousands of acres of landscape that endured decades of logging. Lessons learned in this site’s restoration are being put to use across the Western U.S. & around the globe. —photo by @crismanphoto#forest#aerial#pnw#pnwonderland#salmon#nature#naturephotography#livenature@conserve_wa
Morant's Curve is located on the western end of the Bow Valley Parkway near Lake Louise. The location was popularized by Nicholas Morant, a staff photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He took many such photos for the railway during the 20th century.
It was a "WOW moment" when I came around a bend in the Bow Valley Parkway and beheld this spectacular site. The capture was helped by the excellent light and the lack of traffic on the parkway during a winter morning in February [of 2016]—photo by Jim Pacardi. #nature#bowvalley#mountains#sun#landscape#naturephotography#snow#winter#livenature#protectpreserve
Marine researcher from The Nature Conservancy watches a blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) at Palmyra Atoll. Located a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth. The Nature Conservancy bought Palmyra in 2000 and today, Palmyra is a national marine monument which the Conservancy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are partnering to protect it. Through the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium, it is also being developed as a center for scientific study—photo by Tim Calver @timcalver. #marine#underwater#underthesea#shark#wildflife#protectpreserve#nature#conservation#livenature
Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - fishing with dolphins in Takaung, Irrawaddy River: here the dolphins are famous for helping fishermen. The fishermen summon the dolphins by tapping the sides of the boat with a stick or jingling their net and respond by herding fish towards the boat. When they see the dolphin crest the surface, indicating they have done their job, the nets are cast and the dolphin is rewarded with some of the catch. Today the nets came up empty as well as a good photograph of the dolphin which stayed a good 20 meter away, the dark line in the background shows where one had broken the waterline. It is estimated that less than 80 survive in the wild today, living in the upper northern reaches of the river. #onassigmment for The Nature Conservancy #tncmag#irrawaddydolphin#protectpreserve#irrawaddy#myanmar@natgeo@natgeotravel