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There’s Never a Dull Moment for Vancouver Airport Falconer – November 29, 2017

A conversation with Falconer Kristine Kirkby

Kristine Kirkby is a falconer. But she doesn’t use raptors to hunt, as is typical with falconry— the ancient practice of hunting wild game using a trained bird of prey. She works with them to scare other birds away from Vancouver International Airport for the airport’s wildlife management program.

Falconer Kristine KirkbyPhoto by Emily FlemingKirkby is part of a team of falconers who use trained, captive-bred raptors to help prevent wildlife collisions with aircraft at Vancouver International Airport.

Kirkby is a part of a highly trained team of humans and raptors that keep the runways and airspace safe by chasing away the many geese, ducks,… more

by: Jason Gregg

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Climate-Smart Conservation in the San Francisco Bay – November 5, 2015

Integrating climate science into marsh restoration and conservation efforts

Its pre-dawn and the gate to the Oro Loma marsh in San Leandro, California is locked. On the metal latch hangs a necklace of about ten U-locks, which grant scientists and land managers access to the marsh. I have the key to one of the locks and am here this morning to collect data on birds in the ecologically restored tidal marshes that lie beyond the gate as an intern biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science.

Photo of Don Edwards MarshPhoto by JKehoe_Photos A marsh in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

The sun has risen, and I… more

by: Jason Gregg

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In Conversation: Ramon Navarro, Chilean Big-Wave Surfer and Environmental Activist – June 5, 2015

‘The Fisherman’s Son’ on his fight to save Chile’s iconic Punta de Lobos

In a parking lot in Northern California, a white screen is hanging from the tin wall of a surf shop. A crowd has gathered for the screening of The Fisherman's Son, a film about professional big-wave surfer Ramon Navarro and his fight to save one of Chile's most iconic surf breaks, Punta de Lobos. We are all waiting for it to get darker so that the movie can begin; the projection must not compete with the light of the California sun. Meanwhile, everyone is having a good time. It’s Saturday and the crowd is alive. More than a few people appear to have come directly from the beach to see Navarro… more

by: Jason Gregg

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A Bicycle-Powered Food Recovery Initiative That Also Saves Water and Energy – March 26, 2015

Boulder Food Rescue has saved more than 800,000 pounds of food from being wasted with nearly zero use of fossil fuel or water resources

My legs ache. It’s 8 a.m. in February and the sun is just beginning to hit the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. I’m pulling a massive bicycle trailer filled with produce using a mountain bike. The traffic light in front of me turns green and I pedal through a four lane intersection at about 5 miles an hour. Behind me, the bike trailer carves a wide arc as I turn into the perpendicular street. After what seems like minutes, I reach the other side of the intersection and the safety of another bike lane.

Biker with food carrierPhoto by Ethan WeltyCome rain or snow: Boulder Food… more

by: Jason Gregg

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Life on the American Prairie Reserve – December 29, 2014

Ranchers and researchers collide in an ambitious effort to convert Montana ranchland to a 3 million-acre wildlife refuge

A pickup truck stops within a dozen feet of us. We are sitting at a round dining room table inside the house watching the truck through the sunlit window. Two men step out and take a few steps forward and I lunge down the carpeted stairs to meet them at the door. We say hello and are all in a jolly mood. The two men, like us in the house, have probably just finished work for the day. They asked whether the Holzheys were around and I realized they were looking for the family that used to live here. I had moved in about three weeks ago with a crew of… more

by: Jason Gregg

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