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Walking into the weekend like . The Mad Island Marsh Preserve protects 7,063 acres, including rare tallgrass coastal prairies. Every winter, birders flock to preserves and parks to tally species and take part in the Christmas Bird Count. For five years, the team at The Nature Conservancy's Mad Island Marsh Preserve has come out ahead.—Photo by @karineaigner@nature_tx#weekend#tgif#birds#texas
Samburu women collect water from a well built by Northern Rangelands Trust and The Nature Conservancy at the West Gate Conservancy in Northern Kenya. The Samburu people are pastoralists, whose livelihoods have traditionally been rooted in semi-nomadic herding across the rangelands of northern Kenya, but pressures increase on natural resources, grazing cattle has become a volatile livelihood as unpredictable drought and competition with protected wildlife for grazing becomes more frequent.—Photo by @amivitale#kenya#samburu#protectpreserve#africa#wells
All the views in Honolulu are beautiful, even this one which was shot from Honolulu International Airport during a 12 hour long delay. Shot on assignment for The Nature Conservancy by @robertclarkphoto. What beautiful and unexpected views of nature do you find in your every day life? Share with us at #whatsyournature #hawaii#oahu#honolulu#aloha#travel
Close up shot of a jellyfish at Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest near-shore "live-bottom" reefs of the southeastern United States which contains a high level of diversity.-Photo by @gregmcfall#naturephotography#jellyfish#ocean
A young pregnant woman enjoys the evening light at the end of a pier built for the Micronesian Games swimming events in the 1990s on the island of Kosrae, Micronesia. On the island of Kosrae, The Nature Conservancy protects the last Ka forest of its kind in the world with a ground breaking conservation easement involving 10 indigenous families.—Photo by @nickhallphoto#micronesia#protectpreserve#ocean#sea
The sun dips beneath Queen Anne Hill, Seattle, and illuminates the sky. How do you experience nature where you live? Share with us at #whatsyournature.—Photo by Michael Gabbert
A Barracuda swims over a reef with Loggerhead Key Lighthouse in the background, Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida. The Nature Conservancy is working to restore healthy coral reefs along Florida’s unique reef track that runs between the Dry Tortugas and Fort Lauderdale.—Photo by @carltonward#florida#barracuda#reef#lighthouse#protectpreserve
Purple storm snail on 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. Today, Palmyra is a national marine monument and 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 @timcalver#naturephotography#ocean#savenature
A reef fisherman from Walalung Village, on the island of Kosrae, Micronesia, throws his net into the water. Reef fish swim just below the surface of the water around the inner reef at low tide. On the island of Kosrae in Micronesia The Nature Conservancy Protects the last Ka forest of its kind in the world with a ground breaking conservation easement involving 10 indigenous families.—Photo by @nickhallphoto#protectpreserve#savenature#micronesia
A Juvenile Giant Pacific Salamander in Angelo Coast Range Reserve. The Angelo Reserve is one of the largest intact old-growth douglas fir forests in the world and provides habitat for spotted owls, gray foxes and black bears. This is the first property The Nature Conservancy acquired in California in 1959.—Photo by @ianshivephoto#california#salamander#conservation#naturephotography
Coyote Buttes, Arizona. In Arizona, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.5 million acres. Included in those acres are the Conservancy's 12 preserves in Arizona. 6 of the preserves are open to the public. TNC also works with partners to protect and restore important waterways in the state. Laura Zirino submitted this stunning photo for our 2012 #whatsyournature Photo Contest.—Photo by Laura Zirino #arizona#desert#nature#protectpreserve
"It was a misty morning in the jungles of Southern India," #whatsyournature photo contest submitter @shivtrasi describes. "We had set out on a jeep that morning and visibility was down, with the jungle shrouded in a thick blanket of mist. Yet in the distance some colors stood out. Blue and green at first, and then a shade of orange gradually appeared on approach. The stunning mix of colors belonged to a peacock."—Photo by Shivsharan Trasi #india#peacock#naturephotography#savenature
Do you know who this cute little creature is?
It's a pangolin, and his species is on the verge of extinction. Known as the guardians of the forest, pangolins protect forests from termite destruction and help to maintain a balanced ecosystem. Habitat loss and illegal poaching are threatening their survival. In fact, more than 1 million pangolins were brutally murdered for black-market trade in the past 10 years; that is 11 pangolins every hour. The Nature Conservancy is working with local and international partners in the fight against their illegal trade and to save the pangolin.—Photo by @suzieszterhas#pangolin#conservation#savenature
Lake Nakuru, Kenya. About 2 million flamingos live at the lake, accounting for approximately one third of the world's flamingo population. Li Zhiwen submitted this beautiful shot for The Nature Conservancy's #whatsyournature photo contest. She says that she photographed the birds several different ways before coming across these two flamingos with their heads crossed and their bodies in symmetry. She describes the experience as being "like a ballet." She used high speed continuous shooting to capture this moment. Photo by Li Zhiwen #kenya#flamingos#nature
In Kosrae Island, Micronesia, a man from the village of Malem gillnet fishes on the reef in the breaking waves in front of his village. The Nature Conservancy has partnered with The Micronesia Challenge to help preserve and protect the waters and lands of Micronesia. Education on destructive fishing practices is one area of focus, and island communities are up to the challenge.—Photo by @nickhallphoto #protectpreserve#conservation#ocean#fish
The Štrbački buk waterfalls and the the Una River form a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Štrbački buk waterfalls are one of the pristine natural features of the Una River which flows 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 around the world.—Photo by @kengeiger#savenature#freshwater#rivers#europe
A giant panda at the Dujiangyan Panda Base, Sichuan Province, China. In Sichuan Province’s Pingwu County — one of the most important remaining pieces of giant panda habitat left in the world — The Nature Conservancy helped to launch China's first land trust reserve. The reserve is a cutting-edge method of land conservation for China, and it's the biggest, best-supported example of such a strategy in a country where protecting natural resources is of global importance. Laohegou Nature Reserve connects several existing nature reserves that need well-guarded buffer land to keep out poachers. It also provides a crucial refuge for a number of important species, including giant pandas, and is creating new livelihood opportunities for local people.
—Photo by @nickhallphoto#endangered#savenature#giantpanda#panda#china
A prescribed burn on Willamette Confluence Preserve, Oregon. Prescribed burns of grassland prairies and oak savannas, ranging from several acres to well over 100 acres, are intended to reduce woody material encroaching on the prairies and to promote regeneration of native species.
—Photo by @jasonbhouston#protectpreserve#conservation#habitat#savenature
Happy #nationaldogday! Here, trainer Heath Smith holds Zilly, who is part of the Conservation Canines effort to track endangered animals in an effort to understand animal migrations and protect critical habitats. The Conservation Canines program, which began two decades ago at University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology, trains rescue dogs to sniff out wildlife and their scat. Dogs from the program have been around the world tracking species such as caterpillars, mice, bears, and orcas. Learn more about this program and other new technologies being used for conservation in TNC's upcoming Fall issue.—Photo by @kaigner#dogs#protectpreserve#livenature