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September: Pennsylvania Nature News
A wooden kiosk welcome visitors to Cherry Valley. The rear wall of the covered kiosk is covered with signs and maps providing visitor information. © Dick Ludwig
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Celebrating Public Lands
September 25 is National Public Lands Day. Explore some of the special places TNC has had a hand in protecting in Pennsylvania and Delaware and how you can get involved.
This Land is Your Land
A smiling woman holds a small bird by its feet. The bird has greenish black wings, black face, gray cap and yellow breast. © Louis Mason / Louis Mason Photography

Melodic Migration
A study at TNC’s Milford Neck Preserve aims to quantify the Delaware Bay's significance as a stopover for migratory songbirds.
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A young woman wearing a t-shirt that reads, Stream Stewards, stands next to an information table at an outdoor community event. The table is filled with brochures, trail maps and stuffed animals. © Kim Hachadoorian / TNC

Preparing for the Future
Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) fellows like TNC’s Saada Wing gain valuable first-hand conservation experience while engaging with and contributing to local communities.
Meet the 2021 Fellows
Two young girls wearing rubber boots explore the shoreline of a marsh. One girl has her arm pulled back ready to throw a rock into the water. © Molly Anderson / TNC

Volunteer: River Days
Join TNC and partners at Bristol Marsh on September 25 to remove trash and help keep this important freshwater tidal marsh clean.
RSVP Today
An aerial view of wild rice harvesters in their canoes, with one surrounded by rice and one up against a dock. © undefined
RIVER OF RICE Minnesota’s lakes and rivers support an estimated 64,000 acres of wild rice—more than any other state in the country. © Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber
Wild Harvest
Since the Ojibwe people first arrived in the 1600s to what is now Minnesota, they have relied on the wild rice they found. Wild rice—called manoomin, or “good berry,” in Ojibwe—is a highly nutritious grain gathered from lakes and waterways in late summer and fall. Get to know some of the harvesters who are keeping this vital tradition alive, even in the face of growing challenges.
Read Our Fall Magazine Feature
A zebra stares directly into the camera, and its stripes fill the entire frame of the photo. © YARON SCHMID/TNC Photo Contest 2019 © undefined

Policy Action on the Global Stage
This week, TNC joins other global policy, civil society and business leaders at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, kicking off a series of influential conferences this fall. Our agenda? Working for ambitious action on climate and biodiversity.
Dig Into Our Latest Policy Insights
A late fall photo of Allen Stream with browned grasses and leafless trees on its banks. © Phoebe Parker © undefined

Fish and Chips
Crane Brothers Farms is one of the largest potato-growing operations in Maine and a major supplier to Frito Lay, Inc. And now, they've also helped restore a stream that opens 15 miles of river for Atlantic salmon and other cold-water spawners.
Get to Know Jim and Steve Crane
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Ocean & Coasts Network
Spanning nine southeastern U.S. states, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, we're combining forces and sharing resources for ocean conservation.
Learn How We're Scaling Conservation and Climate Action
Three cyclists stand on the 9/11 Trail looking over Boston Harbor. © Courtesy of September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance © undefined

The 9/11 Trail: Commemorating and Connecting
Even 20 years later, we're still grappling with the impacts of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In an effort to promote healing, commemorate lives lost and honor service given, we're working with the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance to make the final connection of the 9/11 Trail.
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A morelet's tree frog hops off a branch. The slow shutter speed allows viewers to see a trail of green and yellow behind him. © Jorge Alexis Figueroa Hernandez /TNC Photo Contest 2021 © undefined
A morelet's tree frog (Agalychnis moreletii) hops off a branch within the foothills of the El Ocote Forest, Mexico. © Jorge Alexis Figueroa Hernandez/ TNC 2021 Photo Contest
We thank all of those who entered our 2021 Global Photo Contest. Your images are inspiring and have transported us around the world. While our judges are hard at work looking for our Grand Prize winner, we need YOUR help in determining our People's Choice award. Head over to our contest page and vote for your favorite image by September 15. Cast Your Vote for the People's Choice Award
What Cutting-Edge Science Can Tell Us About Extreme Weather
TNC’s Chief Scientist Katharine Hayhoe wrote an opinion article for The New York Times with Oxford University Professor Friederike Otto. “As extreme weather increasingly becomes the new norm… this is how rapid analysis and attribution science can help us more clearly and succinctly label and calculate the ways climate change multiplies the threat of extreme weather and puts us all at risk. But we don’t need to analyze any more events to know we need to act, and quickly.”
Read More in The New York Times
Oregon Wildfire Turns Preserve into Living Lab, Testing Years of Forest Management
Pete Caligiuri, Oregon forest program director for The Nature Conservancy, talked to NBC News about his work on Bootleg Fire on the Sycan Marsh Preserve. By combining modern wildfire science with traditional tribal knowledge of the Klamath people, researchers like him want to understand whether returning forests to their original condition, including allowing them to burn at low intensity every few years, can ultimately help make wildfires less devastating to the ecology and neighboring communities.
IPCC Report: Climate Crisis ‘Unequivocally’ Caused by Human Activities
TNC’s chief scientist commented on a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “We can no longer assume that citizens of more affluent and secure countries like Canada, Germany, Japan and the U.S. will be able to ride-out the worst excesses of a rapidly destabilising climate,” says Katharine Hayhoe. “It’s clear we’re all in the same boat – facing a challenge that will affect every one of us within our lifetimes.”
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Hispanic Heritage Month
In September, we celebrate monarch butterflies and explore the cultural relevance of their yearly migration to Mexico.
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