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A field of native blanket flowers in Texas.

Hardiness Zones and Ecoregions for Climate-Smart Gardening

Gardeners, check your zones! The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map received its first update in over ten years, moving many gardeners up a half-zone. Those previously on the upper edge … Read more

Seven Species that Need You to Leave the Leaves

As the hues of autumn give way to winter detritus, many homeowners are quick to discard the fallen leaves suddenly blanketing their yards. But what if we told you that … Read more

Monarch butterfly perches on flowers.

Monarch Butterfly Identification Guide

Have you ever spotted a beautiful orange butterfly fluttering by and wondered if it’s the iconic monarch butterfly? You’re not alone! The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable … Read more

Two elk stand in a river, seemingly escaping a wildfire raging behind them.

How Does Wildfire Smoke Affect Wildlife?

Have you noticed the summers getting smokier? If you’ve found yourself coughing more, seeing the sky tinged with an eerie orange, or even just catching the faint scent of burning … Read more

Quiz: Petals and Pollinators

A person wearing a green t-shirt that reads, "OUT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT" is holding a rainbow flag.

Queer Ecology: Identity and Field Research

In celebrating Pride Month, it’s crucial that we not only elevate and celebrate the voices and contributions of queer scientists, but also acknowledge and address the specific obstacles they may … Read more

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Queer Ecology: A Spectrum of Perspective

As we continue our celebration of Pride Month and our exploration of queer ecology, we return to the intersection of queer identities and ecological science. In the first part of … Read more

Queer Ecology: Relationships to Nature

Pride Month is the perfect time to recognize the intersection of our identities with the natural world around us. In this spirit, this month we will dive into a topic … Read more

A seemingly large bird with black and brown feathers, a bald face, and a hooked beak.

The Dual Nature of Rarity: Understanding Conservation Needs for Artificially versus Naturally Rare Species

Nature’s rarest and most endangered species face threats from all sides—but did you know that ‘rare’ and ‘endangered’ are not interchangeable terms? While some species—like red wolves—are indeed only rare … Read more

A small, furry, rodent-like mammal sits on rocks.

Surviving the Snow: The Amazing Adaptations of Three Winter Wonders

When the temperatures start to drop and the days get shorter, it’s easy to assume that the natural world goes into a state of hibernation. But the truth is that … Read more

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