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2021 City Nature Challenge

Ready for the 2021 City Nature Celebration? We Surely Are!
Between April 30th and May 3rd, hundreds of cities worldwide will be celebrating Nature and gather observations of species found in our area with the help of all who want ...
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EwA Conservation Reports

Giving Science Back to the People - Advancing Biodiversity & Climate Research
Only with the collaboration of naturalists and trained volunteers can we closely monitor indicators necessary to ascertain the state of biodiversity across the planet, such as indicators of ...
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🏙️ Observing Nature in the City

Observing Nature in the City If asked to name a favorite place in nature, many people including myself might choose to describe forests, meadows, or scenic ocean views. Some might include state parks or even smaller, more urban settings like ...
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The Invasion of Microplastics

The Invasion of Microplastics Microplastics and microbeads are small particles of plastic. There simply are little pieces of plastic. They are man-made in their 'micro' form or are a product of the breakdown of larger plastics. Small or large, they ...
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For the Love of an Ovenbird

For the Love of an Ovenbird Citizen Science in Latin America A peculiar little bird with an odd-shaped nest has inspired people across Latin America to help with the study of Argentinian biologists finishing their Ph.D. at the Max Planck ...
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2020 City Nature Challenge

Ready for the 2020 City Nature Celebration? We Certainly Are! Between April 24th and 27th, hundreds of cities worldwide will be celebrating Nature and gather observations of species found in our area, and engage the most people in the worldwide ...
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Joy of the Fells—Citizen Science with EwA

Joy of the Fells Citizen Science with EwA "The Fells is a fantastic habitat where we can bring different pieces of the (ecological conservation) puzzle together and lead people to be part of this story as well" Caitlin recently reached ...
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Wildlife Volunteering — Expectations, Reality, Responsibility

Wildlife Volunteering — Expectations, Reality, Responsibility Sharan Bahra, Earthwise Aware's Vice-President, was recently in Kenya, where she helped a conservation organization focused on protecting both giraffes and lions.

In an EwA post series, Sharan shares about the many facets of ...
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Empowerment through Citizen Science

Empowerment Through Climate & Biodiversity Citizen Sciences As an undergraduate student, contributing to data that can be used by scientists at a global level is not something that I considered likely. At Earthwise Aware, I was introduced to an opportunity ...
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Volunteering in Kenya – Choosing the Right Programme

Volunteering in Kenya — Choosing the Right Programme Sharan Bahra, Earthwise Aware's Vice-President, was recently in Kenya, where she helped a conservation organization focused on protecting both giraffes and lions. Here is her first post of a series, where she ...
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Notes from the Field

Fresh Pond Almanac—April at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac April at the Meadow While April in Massachusetts often still has a few cold, wintry days, spring has undeniably arrived when the fourth month of the year rolls around. No matter what fickle weather the month may ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—March at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac March at the Meadow In March, conditions will make the gradual and uneven transition from harsh winter to muddy spring at Fresh Pond. March brings the onset of new plant growth for the year and the final ...
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Forest Explorations — February in the Fells

Forest Explorations February in the Fells Heavy snowfall might at first seem like an inconvenience, or even threat, to wildlife. In actuality, snow accumulation is essential to the winter survival of many species. This February’s Forest Exploration shed light on ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—February at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac February at the Meadow By February, enduring another brutal winter month is not a welcome thought for many people in the Boston area, and the conditions are harsh on most of the area’s nonhuman residents as well ...
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Forest Explorations — January in the Fells

Forest Explorations January in the Fells In addition to the usual emphasis on ecology, this January’s Forest Exploration introduced an additional focus: geology. Alongside Claire O’Neill, EwA naturalist Tom Eid shared his knowledge of geology and natural history. As some ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—January at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac
January at the Meadow Winter is a great time to learn to read wildlife signs and explore the wonderful stories of those who live at and around the Lusitania meadow.

For instance, have you ever noticed that small mound ...
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Forest Explorations — December in the Fells

Forest Explorations December in the Fells Winter is for me a moment in time when I naturally delve into forest details that escaped my attention all the other seasons. This time, I had planned to spend more time looking for ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—December at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac December at the Meadow By December, the feeling of winter has truly set in at Fresh Pond. All the deciduous trees around the pond have dropped their leaves, save the most stubborn oaks and beeches, some of ...
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Forest Explorations — November in the Fells

Forest Explorations November in the Fells After an unusually dry summer, it was a relief to see a wealth of fungi during this November’s Forest Exploration walk. Last month, conditions were too parched to support much fungi life, but this ...
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Fresh Pond Almanac—November at the Meadow

Fresh Pond Almanac November at the Meadow November brings heightened seasonal changes to Lusitania Meadow and Fresh Pond. The peak of fall foliage season has passed. Insect activity has slowed dramatically, save for the month’s warmest days. As such, November’s ...
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Narratives & Opinions

Joy of the Fells—Citizen Science with EwA

Joy of the Fells Citizen Science with EwA "The Fells is a fantastic habitat where we can bring different pieces of the (ecological conservation) puzzle together and lead people to be part of this story as well" Caitlin recently reached ...
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Attracting & Retaining Citizen Scientists

Attracting & Retaining Citizen Scientists Some conservation citizen science organizations run projects that can be quickly carried out by citizen scientists without supervision. And for those organizations, a common practice is to motivate people with a few good training events ...
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Even Scientists Take Selfies With Wild Animals –Here’s Why They Shouldn’t

Even Scientists Take Selfies with Wild Animals. Here's Why They Shouldn't. One of the great things about being a biologist is getting to work in the field and connect with wildlife. Through my career, I have enjoyed many unforgettable close ...
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Why Men Trophy Hunt

Why Men Trophy Hunt The killing of Cecil the lion (Panthera leo) ignited enduring and increasingly global discussion about trophy hunting [1]. Yet, policy debate about its benefits and costs (e.g. [2,3]) focuses only on the hunted species and biodiversity, ...
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The Gift of Being Wrong —How to Enjoy & Learn From It

"The more you are willing to examine your own assumptions and beliefs—and holds the possibility that you may be wrong—the more you can truly understand" (from The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling) Being a naturalist basically means being ...
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Ecological Ethics A&A —From Awareness To Action

A friend and I were chatting ‘over’ ethics recently. The context was our species’ fascination of a limitless growth model, showcased for instance in our expectations with respect to our human biology (e.g., our quest for biological immortality), as well ...
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The Captivity Effects Denial Phenomenon

Our enthusiasm and indulgence for animal captivity is changing yet very slowly. But we can accelerate our pace, because it can only be a win-win for science, for the animals, and us as moral individuals... 'Are zoo animals happy? There’s a ...
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Reaching Out in an Anti-Environment Climate

Although today the American society seems deeply torn apart by cultural, geographic, racial and class differences, still there is more that unites us than divides us, and this includes few environmental views and concerns... An opinion piece. Today the U.S ...
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My Journey to Becoming an Ethical Wildlife Volunteer

I am so happy to have gained a better understanding of what it takes to be an ethical wildlife volunteer. This has been, and still is an ongoing journey into realizing that our actions are not always ethical –not because ...
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Zoos: Many Questions & Not Enough Answers (Yet)

The common public 'rhetoric' these days about zoos is: zoo changed and they are now good for both conservation and the collected/exhibited individuals. Well then good! But the topic is not an easy one, after all this is really about ...
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