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Assessing Sacred Forests in Ethiopia, India and elsewhere

Article written by Dr. Lowman and Palatty Allesh Sinu in BioScience:
Increasing degradation of tropical forests prompts the consideration of unconventional ideas to promote conservation. In his recent book, E. O. Wilson advocates conserving half of the planet for one species (Homo sapiens) and the other half for

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Promoting Conservation Through Literature: The Story of Beza

Beza, Who Saved the Forests of Ethiopia, One Church at a Time – A Conservation Story is a wonderful story to help bring this message into school and to educate children about the importance of conservation in an accessible way. Promoting conservation through literature is one of the easiest and most important ways that we can create a dialogue with young people about the often abstract and difficult concept of what conservation really means to them.

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Exploring the Most Beautiful Roof in the World

The Most Beautiful Roof in the World: Exploring the Rainforest Canopy” by Kathryn Lasky is now utilized as a key component in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) learning units in several states. The story is of particular interest to this website because it is based on the journey of ‘CanopyMeg’ and her children into the rainforest, and addresses the specific scientific investigations they undertook in a novel format.

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3D image of Ethiopian church forest insect

Enjoy this cool critter, in the family Scutelleridae.
Via Josh Martin:

We nick-named this one “Punisher Beetle”, but 1) that’s not it’s name, and 2) it’s not a beetle, it’s a Hemipteran. I think it’s in the Scutelleridae (shield-backed bugs) family.

Punisher Beetle
by Tanner Boucher
on Sketchfab

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Last Chance to Join an Amazon Expedition to the World’s Longest Canopy Walkway

The Amazon expedition to the world’s longest canopy walkway starts on July 24th! The team of citizen scientists will work with DC Randle and CanopyMeg to make new discoveries in the rain forest treetops of Amazonian Peru. It isn’t too late to reserve a spot for this

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The faster, fiercer, and always surprising sloth, an interview with Bryson Voirin

From Mongabay.com:
Sloths sleep all day; they are always slow; and they are gentle animals. These are just some of the popular misconceptions that sloth-scientist and expert tree-climber, Bryson Voirin, is overturning. After growing up among the wild creatures of Florida, spending his high school years in Germany,

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Join Meg Lowman In The Exciting Malaysia Rainforest Expedition!

You Too Can Be A Part Of This Wild and Fascinating Virtual Experience!
“I hope you tune in! Come October, Jason learning will be live in Malaysia. Come and climb a tree, see some monkeys, discover some new species, learn how scientists explore tropical rainforests and maybe you

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Saving Elephants

Here is a short synopsis about the new documentary titled, “Elephants in the Coffee,” produced by Thomas Grant & D.K. Bhaskar:
The 58-min documentary compelling documentary titled “Elephants in the Coffee”, speaks on the relationship of elephants and humans in the wilderness, in the agricultural lands of India

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Wheelchairs and Waterbears

The NSF-REU project to inspire mobility-limited students to train for a career in field biology is in its fifth and final year. What a joy to see these students reach the sky, literally and figuratively! They not only learn canopy access methods, but they also become excellent

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Conservation research and actions of CanopyMeg, to conserve global forests, are shared in this new book!

Here is an article from Outside Magazine about a new book called, Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love, written by Lori Robinson and Janie Chodosh.
CanopyMeg was one of nearly two dozen wildlife conservationists that were interviewed about their work.
Below is the

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