The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

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We're a conservation organization working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends — and taking great photographs!
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White Terns (Gygis alba) photographed in Aride Island Special Reserve, nest on the Seychelles Islands.—Photo by Jason Houston birds seychellesprotectpreserve naturephotography

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Seychelles is a global biodiversity hotspot containing 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of East Africa. Its “Blue Economy” is based on tuna and tourism, which, along with its low-lying island geography, makes its people and economy particularly vulnerable to the threats of climate change. To protect its most important natural resource, Seychelles completed an innovative debt-for-nature swap with TNC and the Paris Club in 2015. As part of the deal, this archipelago nation has committed to protecting 30 percent of its marine territory by 2020, resulting in one of the largest marine reserves on the planet! Click the link in our bio to read a new story on this important conservation work from @theeconomist. —Photo by @jasonbhouston@nature_africa beautiful seychelles islands ocean marineprotectedarea africa protectpreserve livenature nature conservation

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The Nature Conservancy’s Marathon Grasslands Preserve located in west Texas in the northern portion of the Marathon Basion region. It is a 2,701-acre area comprised of diverse Chihuahuan Desert grassland habitat. This region supports an array of wildlife, including migratory raptors, grassland birds, pronghorn, kit foxes, burrowing owls, golden eagles, and the federally endangered northern aplomado falcon. Photo by @jerodfoster @nature_tx texas sunsetsavenature conservation

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Studio portrait of a Mexican free-tailed bat in Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve in Mason, Texas. The Nature Conservancy and partners are deeply involved in bat habitat preservation. The Conservancy and Bat Conservation International rallied support from politicians and the people of Texas to convince developers to not build houses near Bracken Cave. The organizations continue to work together to prevent development on territories occupied by bats.—Photo by @kaigner bats texasprotectpreserve whatsyournature

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Davis Mountain Preserve, Texas.  Biology teacher Johnny Wilson and his high school students from St. Stephen's Episcopal School explore the bugs found at Davis Mountain Preserve with a black light.—Photo by @ianshivephoto @nature_tx texas protectpreserve bugs

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Half Moon Reef oyster restoration project in Matagorda Bay, Texas. A pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides) caught in a benthic tow, a routine sampling technique for quantifying fish abundance and diversity.—Photo by Jerod Foster for The Nature Conservancy texas conservation reefsprotectpreserve

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This week we’re featuring the work of our @nature_tx office! Half Moon Reef oyster restoration project in Matagorda Bay, Texas.  Oysters, the unsung heroes of the Gulf of Mexico, play a vital role in protecting the health of our oceans.  The Nature Conservancy has made oyster reef restoration a cornerstone of our efforts to protect and restore the Gulf Coast. Our most exciting project to date is the successful restoration of Half Moon Reef, an underwater oyster colony in the heart of Texas’ Matagorda Bay.  Completed in 2014, the 54-acre Half Moon Reef stands as one of the largest restoration projects around the country, said Boze Hancock, research scientist for the Conservancy’s Global Marine Team.—Photo by @jerodfoster for The Nature Conservancy texas oysters protectpreserve savenature

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This week we are featuring the work of our @nature_tx office!The Bahia Grande, a large wetland at the southernmost tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, is one of the most biologically diverse areas in Texas—and one of its most imperiled.  In the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Texas received more than $700 million in restoration funding as part of the RESTORE Act, which directs all fines and penalties resulting from the spill to affected Gulf states. Since its passage in 2012, The Nature Conservancy has analyzed dozens of Gulf Coast restoration plans and worked to ensure the work included in them has a positive and lasting impact on estuaries, watersheds, salt marshes, oyster reefs, and barrier beaches—natural features that provide critical habitat to a range of species and help protect coastal communities in the face of rising sea levels and natural disasters. —Photo by Dero Sanford @nature_tx texas bahiagrandeprotectpreserve

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This week we are highlighting the work of our field office @nature_tx!  Kicking off Monday with this dreamy photo of Dolan Falls Preserve, Texas, located on the arid western border of the Texas Hill Country, halfway between Del Rio and Sonora in Val Verde County.  The preserve consists of 4,788 acres and is bolstered by an additional 129,521 acres that is either owned in fee or under Conservancy conservation easements along the Devils River.  The river and its associated springs house rare salamanders and fish, many of which are unique to the Chihuahuan Desert region.—Photo by @ianshivephoto texas riversprotectpreserve

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Get ready, this week we're highlighting The Nature Conservancy's work in Texas!  A prairie dog spotted in The Nature Conservancy’s Marathon Grasslands Preserve located in west Texas in the northern portion of the Marathon Basin region. It is a 2,701-acre area comprised of diverse Chihuahuan Desert grassland habitat. This region supports an array of wildlife, including migratory raptors, grassland birds, pronghorn, kit foxes, burrowing owls, golden eagles, and the federally endagered northern aplomado falcon. Photo by @jerodbfoster @nature_tx prairiedog texas grasslands protectpreserve

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Lake Drummond at night, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The Nature Conservancy brokered the nation’s first major corporate donation of conservation land in 1973. The following year, Union Camp Corporation's gift of nearly 50,000 acres established Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, which today encompasses more than 110,000 acres.  Photo by @photosbyspeed www.michaelspeed.com. @nature_va whatsyournature naturephotography viginia

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Caledon State Park, Virginia.  The Nature Conservancy has worked with Virginia's Department of Conservation and Recreation to make additions to this National Natural Landmark in King George County known for its old growth forest and population of American bald eagles.  Photo by @cameronlimbrick @nature_va whatsyournature protectpreserve virginia

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This week we are featuring the work of our @nature_va office. Pictured: a bald eagle at Mason Neck State Park.  Starting in 1967, the Conservancy assembled close to 3,000 acres to build Mason Neck State Park and Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. These efforts followed from a grassroots campaign led by Elizabeth Hartwell to encourage the protection of Mason Neck and its bald eagles. The park now offers a wide variety of nature programs and recreation such as hiking, biking and paddling. Photo courtesy the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. @nature_VA conservationprotectpreserve savenature

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This week we are featuring the work of our @nature_va office. Pictured: star gazing on Mount Rogers.  In 1965 The Nature Conservancy acquired 1,300 acres of Mount Rogers for the U.S. Forest Service. Virginia’s highest natural point became part of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest in 1966. Over one million visitors come to Mount Rogers every year.  Photo by @dwood_photography @nature_va whatsyournature protectpreserve naturephotography virginia

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Bluebells at Fraser Preserve in Fairfax County, Virginia. Fraser Preserve was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in 1975 as a gift from Mrs. George (Bernice) Fraser. Originally inhabited by members of the Anacostan, Piscataway and Tauxenent tribes, the bottomlands along Fraser's river border have yielded many arrowheads, pottery shards and stone weirs (dams used in taking fish from the Potomac). American University extensively studies these historic sites, and numerous artifacts are displayed in their museum. Fraser Preserve boasts about 110 species of birds, including the bald eagle, and 300 varieties of wildflowers. A short hike offers glimpses of the many natural habitats found in the Piedmont region, including fast, clear streams, lush cold-spring swamp, marsh, mature hardwood forests, open meadow, ponds, river and stream floodplain forests and thickets, steep rocky bluffs, springs and seeps, and various stages of old field succession. The terrain slopes down to the Potomac River, which forms the preserve's northern boundary. Photo by Denis Breen virginia nature livenature

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From @robertclarkphoto on assignment for TNC: Soy bean fields in Belterra, municipality in the amazon region in Brazil. The land owners signed a pledge 10 years ago not to cut any trees for soy production. The program is run by @nature_org to help with agricultural compliance. The tall trees through out the image are Castanheira (Brazil Nut) trees, which have been protected for years. @TNCBrasil brasil naturephotography conservation

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Icy Mount Rogers from Grayson Highlands State Park, Jefferson National Forest. This week we are featuring the work of our Virginia office @nature_va. In 1965 The Nature Conservancy acquired 1,300 acres of Mount Rogers for the U.S. Forest Service. Virginia’s highest natural point became part of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest in 1966. There are over 500 miles of trails in the area, including 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail, 18 miles of the Virginia Creeper Trail, and 67 miles of the Virginia Highland Horse Trail. Over one million visitors come to Mount Rogers every year. Photo by @photosbyspeed www.michaelspeed.com. @nature_va whatsyournature livenature virginia

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Dragonfly in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Photo by Michele Sturdevant whatsyournature virginiaprotectpreserve

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We are featuring the work of our @nature_va office this week. Pictured here, July 4th at Kiptopeke State Park.  The Nature Conservancy has worked with Virginia's Department of Conservation and Recreation to make additions to this Eastern Shore state park. Kiptopeke offers recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay and 5.1 miles of hiking and biking trails. Sitting just offshore, the Concrete Fleet is a unique feature of the park - nine concrete ships scuttled in 1948 to create a breakwater for the busy ferry terminal that existed at the time. Photo by @ryanzimmerlee kiptopeke virginiaprotectpreserve nature

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Great Falls, Mather Gorge.  This week we are featuring the work of our Virginia office @nature_va.  At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. A 1957 Nature Conservancy booklet - published with support from partners - helped galvanize the public, the media, government officials and other organizations in calling for a park at Great Falls. The National Park Service protected the land in 1960 and Great Falls Park opened to the public in 1966. Only 15 miles from the nation’s capital, Great Falls Park hosts a half-million visitors annually for activities ranging from picnics to hiking. Photo by @josephrossbachphotography. greatfalls waterfalls rivers virginia

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Happy National Public Lands Day! For the next week we will be featuring the work of our Virginia office @nature_va.  Pictured, Ivy Creek Natural Area, Charlottesville, VA.  The Conservancy purchased 80 acres in 1975 to establish the Rann Preserve on Ivy Creek. Over the next several years, the Conservancy worked with citizen groups and officials from Albemarle County and the city of Charlottesville to protect the entirety of the former Riverview Farm, which faced impending development. Renamed Ivy Creek Natural Area, the 215-acre preserve today is Charlottesville’s preeminent site for environmental education and recreation. Photo by Ben Greenberg Charlottesville virginiawhatsyournature protectpreserve naturephotography

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Sockeye salmon, still grey in color having just transitioned from sea to freshwater, wait to enter Kurilskoye Lake at a research fish counting gate in the southern tip of the Russian peninsula. The salmon are threatened because poachers are paid large sums in the depressed Russian economy for their caviar. Photograph taken on assignment for The Nature Conservancy "Design For A Living World" project and exhibit.—Photo by @amivitale salmonprotectpreserve rivers

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It’s not every day that while hard at work, you appear to be flying above a weather vane. Lisa and Kemit from @nature_org's @nature_caribbean team lived out this surreal experience while showing local coral gardeners how to install and maintain a coral nursery in the waters off of Grenada. It was so rewarding to be able to pass this knowledge on to people who can make a difference locally. Each of these baby corals represents a brighter future for an important yet stressed species. Photo: @timcalver GOATworthy ChaseYourGOAT For more GOATworthy moments outdoors, check out @backcountry. Join the conversation by sharing your own best ever moments.

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Sunset colors a vernal pool and surrounding grasslands at Denny Ranch, a TNC purchased conservation easement, working cattle ranch, and largest private stand of blue oaks in California, located north of the city of Dales off highway A6 in the Lassen Foothills of northern California. Photo by @ianshivephoto california ranch sunset

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Find out what TNC is doing to help the federally threatened Dakota Skipper (Hesperia Dacotae) today on the Cool Green Science blog. See our story for a swipe up to the blog and the full video on YouTube! butterflies conservation protectpreserve

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A high school student in the village of Nehas Liah Bing, Indonesia at their annual rice festival, April 2013. The Nature Conservancy is working throughout East Kalimantan’s 78,000 square miles to protect an incredibly rare expanse of biologically rich tropical rainforests. East Kalimantan is the site for some of the Conservancy’s most ambitious forest projects, which aim to protect wildlife, enrich local communities and innovate new models that can spur forest conservation worldwide.—Photo by @nickhall for The Nature Conservancy. indonesia rainforests tropical festival conservation

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Three Bison walking through the steam across the amazingly colorful thermophilic bacteria on the edge of Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. —Photo by Jonathan Hey whatsyournature yellowstone nationalparksprotectpreserve

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Spider on leaf 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. 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 Tim Calver

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A surfer heads for the beach to catch some waves at the end of the day.  Photo by @robertclarkphoto on assignment for The Nature Conservancy pacificastatebeach ocean california surfer surfing

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Happy first day of fall!  What are your favorite fall activities to do outside?  Share with us at whatsyournature. Pictured: Nikkō National Park near the city of Nikkō, Japan.—Photo by Russell Reed fall fallleaves nature

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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

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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 samburuprotectpreserve africa wells

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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

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