Tag: Wildlife Conservation Society

A Rare Greenshank Is Spotted in Russia

One of the few things known about the Nordmann’s greenshank is that it is one of the most endangered shorebirds on earth. No one had studied the bird in depth since 1976, and its nesting habitat remained a mystery. But this summer, an American graduate student and Russian ornithologists spotted a pair of Nordmann’s greenshanks […]

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The Thick Gray Line: Forest Elephants Defend Against Climate Change

Poaching destabilizes nations, disrupts ecosystems and threatens biodiversity. A recent study suggests still another consequence: Some types of poaching may also accelerate climate change. Forest elephants — the smaller, endangered relatives of African savanna elephants — promote the growth of large trees that excel at storing carbon, according to research published in the journal Nature […]

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New York Knows Its Arts Organizations Have a Diversity Problem. Now What?

In a city that prides itself on both the diversity of its population and its globally recognized cultural institutions, there is a lopsided reality: While about two-thirds of New Yorkers are people of color, two-thirds of the people who run its cultural institutions are white. This disparity is outlined in the results of a new […]

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Illegal Bird Smuggling Is Fueled by Finch-Singing Contests in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Some bet as much as $200. Others wager as little as breakfast or a beer. The real prize — bragging rights and status — goes to the owner of the bird that sings the most vigorously during the competitions […]

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Ocean Protection Is an Urban Issue

In New York City, it’s often easy to think that ocean conservation is an issue for someplace else — tropical islands, coral reefs, the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic. But New York City is an archipelago, a reality that can be obscured by the concrete jungle. The five boroughs — four of them on islands […]

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