The Nature Conservancy

Worldwide conservation organization protecting lands and waters.

Yap traditional dancers at a community homecoming celebration in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. In islands across the Pacific, no one has the luxury of denying the existence of climate change. People are living it. Have been living it. And they are desperately trying to adapt to it. The low-lying vulnerable areas of Micronesia and Melanesia are bearing a disproportionate share of climate change impacts, despite emitting few of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for the changing weather patterns, sea-level, rise and loss of land that are changing their reality. Pacific Islanders have adapted to extreme events for thousands of years and many are looking back at traditional methods of farming, food preservation, and land-use based on a deep understanding of resilience to extreme events. — Photo by @timcalver #micronesia #yap #dance #pacificislands #climatechange #adaptation #risingsealevels
In communal lands, reducing human-wildlife conflict is essential to landscape-scale conservation. In northern Kenya, satellite GPS collars beam information about lion locations and behaviors to our partner, Lion Landscapes, providing powerful insight into how these animals are affected by settlements, drought, and livestock grazing. — Photo by Jeremy Stevens #lion #africa #wildlife #coexistence #nature
East Kalimantan is a microcosm of the world’s sustainable development challenges. It is one of the wealthiest provinces in Indonesia both ecologically and economically, but logging, palm oil production, mining, and fires have taken a toll on Indonesia’s tropical rainforests over the past 30 years. This has threatened the stability of the country’s natural resource-based economy, eliminated species habitat, and compromised the ability of Indonesia’s forests to help combat climate change. To combat this, TNC and the government of Indonesia’s East Kalimantan Province created the Green Growth Compact in September 2017. This initiative brings together companies, government agencies, communities, and NGOs committed to working together to conserve forests, reduce emissions and advance sustainable economic growth. Through this work, TNC and Compact partners are successfully establishing a framework for similar efforts across Indonesia and around the world. — Photo by @nickhallphoto #indonesia #conservation #climatechange #forest
A pollen covered honey bee flies to a red dahlia flower in Del Mar, California. Honey bees aren't just cute...they're also critical to U.S. agricultural production. According to the USDA, "about one mouthful in three in our diet directly or indirectly benefits from honey bee pollination." Pesticides, habitat loss, and climate change are among the threats to honey bees and other beneficial pollinators. — Photo by Scott Sumiko #bee #honeybee #pollination #flower #insect #nature
Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska home is home to one of the planet's greatest wild salmon nurseries. Southeast Alaska’s rural communities rely on Tongass’ rivers and streams as a natural pantry, with each resident consuming an average of 75 pounds of salmon a year. TNC is committed to helping protect and restore the Tongass National Forest by protecting ecologically valuable watersheds, restoring streams and forests where past development has harmed wildlife habitat, and leading efforts to map Southeast Alaska’s largest estuarine complex. — Photo by @crismanphoto #tongassnationalforest #salmon #alaska #conservation #forest
Mariko Wallen harvests seaweed in Placencia, Belize. TNC is working with this farm to bring seaweed aquaculture to the area. Not only does seaweed aquaculture increase seafood supply and support livelihoods in coastal communities, these farms filter water by removing nitrogen, decrease CO2 levels, and reduce local effects of ocean acidification. — Photo by @randyolson #seaweed #belize #ocean #aquaculture #nature #conservation
Don't mistake the bobcat for its striking resemblance to the common household cat, for the former is a fierce predator! This short-tailed mammal is the most common wildcat in North America and because the bobcat ranges many miles, connected lands are critical for their survival. In New Jersey, where the bobcat was once nearly extinct, TNC is working to conserve a corridor of connected lands—Bobcat Alley— to benefit the species’ population. — Photo by Kent Mason #bobcat #wildcat #wildlife #mammal
A road leads through a protected forest to St. Ana Lake in Transylvania, Romania. Photo by — Calin-Andrei Stan #romania #transylvania #forest #trees
A wood duck contributes his colors to the already vibrant fall setting. "I spent several pre-dawn hours scouting for the most colorful spot on this small, Colorado, urban pond. I waited until this drake swam right through the heart of the color. The sunrise colors hitting the fall leaves on the far side of the pond, just exploded and gave me a wave of chills. It was stunning to see!" — Photo by Jeff Goudy #duck #colorado #fall #autumn #wildlife #wildlifephotography #birds
The Greater Yellowstone is the source of seven major rivers and an average of 4 trillion gallons of freshwater, which helps “water the West” so that people and nature thrive. One such area is West Thumb Spring in Yellowstone National Park. According to the National Park Service, 19th century observers were fascinated by the pool's beauty. Geologist F.V. Hayden reported in 1871 that this spring's "ultramarine hue of the transparent depth in the bright sunlight was the most dazzlingly beautiful sight I have ever beheld." We agree! — Photo by Colin Dukes #yellowstone #nationalpark #water #naturephotography #wyoming
Not long ago, the American Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction—with less than 490 nesting pairs left and its habitat seriously depleted. But our national symbol is one of conservation’s greatest comeback stories. Here, a bald eagle takes flight from the sands of Shi Shi Beach in Olympic National Park. Photo by — Alan Howe #eagle #bird #wildlife #comebackstory #conservation
A wild coastal brown bear at Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. Unpredictable and often impulsive, brown bears have been consistently characterized as dangerous. The danger of attack, however, is greatly exaggerated, as brown bears typically avoid human contact whenever possible. Their reputation as livestock predators is also inflated and has led to the persecution of target populations. Although threatened by habitat loss, global populations are not in immediate danger. — Photo by Stuart Clark #bear #brownbear #alaska #wildlife #portrait
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