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Land & Conservation

Land & Conservation

See a Rare Litter of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes

With “big old eyes and a button for a rattle,” these baby snakes offer hope for a struggling species

Land & Conservation

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Whether they’re turning yellow, orange, red, or not at all, a tree’s fall leaves are a window into its personality

Editor's Letter

From the Editor: Looking After Loggerheads

A small team monitors a critical nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtles

Conservation

Return of the Native Brook Trout

On the back of a determined West Virginian—and private landowners and government agencies
alike—the vaunted and cherished brook trout just might be making a miracle comeback

Land & Conservation

Seven Culturally Significant Plants to the Chickasaw People

An ethnobotanist shares some of the surprising ways the Chickasaw used wax myrtle, sassafras, and yaupon holly

Land & Conservation

The Tiny Island Where Thousands of Purple Martins Fly

Summer means nests in gourd birdhouses and one South Carolina lake that birds can’t resist

Land & Conservation

A Mysterious Beach Discovery on Hilton Head

The island’s sea turtle patrol is searching for the owner of a vessel made with love

Land & Conservation

Orphaned Baby Terrapins Get an Unlikely Second Chance

When a mama turtle carrying seven eggs was killed by a car, the South Carolina Aquarium stepped in

Arts & Culture

From Art to Oyster Reef

A Florida sculptor and North Carolina inventors team up to create an eye-catching and eco-friendly installation

Land & Conservation

Meet One of the South’s Rarest Butterflies

Once down to four individuals, the endangered Schaus swallowtail is making a comeback—thanks to the work of Florida biologists

Land & Conservation

The Wild Story of a Whimbrel Migration Mystery

How a Southern scientist discovered the secret spot where tens of thousands of rare shorebirds recuperate

Land & Conservation

A Day Tracking Diamondbacks

Getting up close with the world’s largest rattlesnake in South Carolina’s pine savannas

Land & Conservation

At Ninety-Seven, This Former Maryland State Senator is Still Fighting for the Chesapeake Bay

Bernie Fowler will don his iconic white sneakers for the 34th annual Patuxent River Wade-In

Land & Conservation

Cicadas Will Disappear as Suddenly as They Came

But there’s a surprising way scientists—and trees—will remember they were here

Conservation

Peacocks in a Kaleidoscope of Color

Steel, midnight, peach, hazel, platinum, taupe, jade—driven by the thrill of creation and discovery, the Missouri farmer Brad Legg has almost single-handedly spurred the proliferation of crazy-colored peacocks

Land & Conservation

North Carolina’s Favorite Carnivorous Plant is Coming into Bloom

Where to spot Venus flytraps this spring

Conservation

Making Homes for Endangered Southern Woodpeckers

How Nature Conservancy efforts in Georgia and Florida could save a native Southern species

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Land & Conservation

Stunning Florida Shorebirds

Photographer Jim Miller captures striking images of shorebirds throughout Florida in his new book Art of Birds

Land & Conservation

Great White Shark Feeding Frenzy

A South Carolina charter captain and shark tagger had the experience of a lifetime last week—and has the photos and video to prove it

Land & Conservation

Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles in Texas Get a Helping Hand

Thousands of green sea turtles will survive the frigid weather—thanks to South Padre Island volunteers