The Nature Conservancy

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We're a conservation organization working to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends — and taking great photographs!
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The sun dips beneath Queen Anne Hill, Seattle, and illuminates the sky.  How do you experience nature… read more
Queen Anne, Seattle
The sun dips beneath Queen Anne Hill, Seattle, and illuminates the sky.  How do you experience nature where you live?  Share with us at #whatsyournature.—Photo by Michael Gabbert | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A Barracuda swims over a reef with Loggerhead Key Lighthouse in the background, Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas… read more
A Barracuda swims over a reef with Loggerhead Key Lighthouse in the background, Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida. The Nature Conservancy is working to restore healthy coral reefs along Florida’s unique reef track that runs between the Dry Tortugas and Fort Lauderdale.—Photo by @carltonward #florida #barracuda #reef #lighthouse #protectpreserve | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Purple storm snail on Palmyra Atoll. Located a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i, Palmyra Atoll is one of… read more
Palmyra Atoll
Purple storm snail on Palmyra Atoll. Located a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth. The Nature Conservancy bought Palmyra in 2000. Today, Palmyra is a national marine monument and the Conservancy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are partnering to protect it. Through the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium, it is also being developed as a center for scientific study.—Photo by @timcalver #naturephotography #ocean #savenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A reef fisherman from Walalung Village, on the island of Kosrae, Micronesia, throws his net into the… read more
Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
A reef fisherman from Walalung Village, on the island of Kosrae, Micronesia, throws his net into the water. Reef fish swim just below the surface of the water around the inner reef at low tide.  On the island of Kosrae in Micronesia The Nature Conservancy Protects the last Ka forest of its kind in the world with a ground breaking conservation easement involving 10 indigenous families.—Photo by @nickhallphoto #protectpreserve #savenature #micronesia | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A Juvenile Giant Pacific Salamander in Angelo Coast Range Reserve.  The Angelo Reserve is one of the… read more
A Juvenile Giant Pacific Salamander in Angelo Coast Range Reserve.  The Angelo Reserve is one of the largest intact old-growth douglas fir forests in the world and provides habitat for spotted owls, gray foxes and black bears. This is the first property The Nature Conservancy acquired in California in 1959.—Photo by @ianshivephoto #california #salamander #conservation #naturephotography | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Coyote Buttes, Arizona.  In Arizona, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.5 million… read more
Coyote Buttes
Coyote Buttes, Arizona.  In Arizona, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.5 million acres. Included in those acres are the Conservancy's 12 preserves in Arizona.  6 of the preserves are open to the public. TNC also works with partners to protect and restore important waterways in the state.  Laura Zirino submitted this stunning photo for our 2012 #whatsyournature Photo Contest.—Photo by Laura Zirino #arizona #desert #nature #protectpreserve | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Sunday plans?  Show us how you're spending your day off by tagging #whatsyournature. —Photo by @blake__gordon #livenature… read more
Sunday plans?  Show us how you're spending your day off by tagging #whatsyournature. —Photo by @blake__gordon #livenature #naturephotography #adventure #explore #nature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava).—Photo by @christianziegler #beautiful #nature
Yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava).—Photo by @christianziegler #beautiful #nature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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"It was a misty morning in the jungles of Southern India," #whatsyournature photo contest submitter @shivtrasi… read more
"It was a misty morning in the jungles of Southern India," #whatsyournature photo contest submitter @shivtrasi describes. "We had set out on a jeep that morning and visibility was down, with the jungle shrouded in a thick blanket of mist. Yet in the distance some colors stood out. Blue and green at first, and then a shade of orange gradually appeared on approach. The stunning mix of colors belonged to a peacock."—Photo by Shivsharan Trasi #india #peacock #naturephotography#savenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags hang over a valley in the mountainous Yunnan Province, China.—Photo by… read more
Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags hang over a valley in the mountainous Yunnan Province, China.—Photo by @amivitale #nature #whatsyournature #explore #china | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Do you know who this cute little creature is? It's a pangolin, and his species is on the verge of extinction.… read more
Do you know who this cute little creature is? It's a pangolin, and his species is on the verge of extinction. Known as the guardians of the forest, pangolins protect forests from termite destruction and help to maintain a balanced ecosystem.  Habitat loss and illegal poaching are threatening their survival.  In fact, more than 1 million pangolins were brutally murdered for black-market trade in the past 10 years; that is 11 pangolins every hour.  The Nature Conservancy is working with local and international partners in the fight against their illegal trade and to save the pangolin.—Photo by @suzieszterhas #pangolin #conservation #savenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Fall foliage in Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico. Are you ready for #fall yet?  Share your favorite… read more
Fall foliage in Hyde Memorial State Park, New Mexico. Are you ready for #fall yet?  Share your favorite fall photos with us at #whatsyournature. —Photo by Erika Nortemann #fallfoliage #newmexico #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Morning horseback ride through the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.  Are you spending your #laborday… read more
Morning horseback ride through the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.  Are you spending your #laborday outside?  Share your photos with us at #whatsyournature.—Photo by @nickhallphoto #livenature #horses #colorado | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Lake Nakuru, Kenya. About 2 million flamingos live at the lake, accounting for approximately one third… read more
Lake Nakuru, Kenya.  About 2 million flamingos live at the lake, accounting for approximately one third of the world's flamingo population.  Li Zhiwen submitted this beautiful shot for The Nature Conservancy's #whatsyournature photo contest.  She says that she photographed the birds several different ways before coming across these two flamingos with their heads crossed and their bodies in symmetry.  She describes the experience as being "like a ballet." She used high speed continuous shooting to capture this moment. Photo by Li Zhiwen #kenya #flamingos #nature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A trio of Emperor penguins greet Pangaea and crew as they arrive at the edge of the continental ice shelf… read more
A trio of Emperor penguins greet Pangaea and crew as they arrive at the edge of the continental ice shelf near Droning Maud Land, Antartica.—Photo by @dirkcollins #whatsyournature #antartica #penguins #ice #snow | © instagram.com/nature_org
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In Kosrae Island, Micronesia, a man from the village of Malem gillnet fishes on the reef in the breaking… read more
In Kosrae Island, Micronesia, a man from the village of Malem gillnet fishes on the reef in the breaking waves in front of his village. The Nature Conservancy has partnered with The Micronesia Challenge to help preserve and protect the waters and lands of Micronesia.  Education on destructive fishing practices is one area of focus, and island communities are up to the challenge.—Photo by @nickhallphoto #protectpreserve #conservation #ocean #fish | © instagram.com/nature_org
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The Štrbački buk waterfalls and the the Una River form a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.… read more
The Štrbački buk waterfalls and the the Una River form a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.  The Štrbački buk waterfalls are one of the pristine natural features of the Una River which flows between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The spring fed falls and gin clear waters of the Una are part of the Una National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in 2006. The Nature Conservancy is developing partnerships with European governments and development agencies to achieve shared conservation goals around the world.—Photo by @kengeiger #savenature #freshwater #rivers #europe | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A giant panda at the Dujiangyan Panda Base, Sichuan Province, China.  In Sichuan Province’s Pingwu County… read more
A giant panda at the Dujiangyan Panda Base, Sichuan Province, China.  In Sichuan Province’s Pingwu County — one of the most important remaining pieces of giant panda habitat left in the world — The Nature Conservancy helped to launch China's first land trust reserve.  The reserve is a cutting-edge method of land conservation for China, and it's the biggest, best-supported example of such a strategy in a country where protecting natural resources is of global importance.  Laohegou Nature Reserve connects several existing nature reserves that need well-guarded buffer land to keep out poachers. It also provides a crucial refuge for a number of important species, including giant pandas, and is creating new livelihood opportunities for local people.—Photo by @nickhallphoto #endangered #savenature #giantpanda #panda #china | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A prescribed burn on Willamette Confluence Preserve, Oregon.  Prescribed burns of grassland prairies… read more
A prescribed burn on Willamette Confluence Preserve, Oregon.  Prescribed burns of grassland prairies and oak savannas, ranging from several acres to well over 100 acres, are intended to reduce woody material encroaching on the prairies and to promote regeneration of native species.—Photo by @jasonbhouston #protectpreserve #conservation #habitat #savenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Goats getting ready for milking in the Khovd Province of Mongolia.—Photo credit @eddiegame#livenature… read more
Goats getting ready for milking in the Khovd Province of Mongolia.—Photo credit @eddiegame#livenature #protectpreserve #savenature #conservation | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Blacktip reef sharks glide through the surrounding waters of the island of Moorea, French Polynesia.… read more
Blacktip reef sharks glide through the surrounding waters of the island of Moorea, French Polynesia.  Zach Stadler shot this photo for The Nature Conservancy's #WhatsYourNature photo contest— Photo by @zachstadler #sharks #pacific #polynesia #protectpreserve | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Happy #nationaldogday!  Here, trainer Heath Smith holds Zilly, who is part of the Conservation Canines… read more
Happy #nationaldogday!  Here, trainer Heath Smith holds Zilly, who is part of the Conservation Canines effort to track endangered animals in an effort to understand animal migrations and protect critical habitats.  The Conservation Canines program, which began two decades ago at University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology, trains rescue dogs to sniff out wildlife and their scat. Dogs from the program have been around the world tracking species such as caterpillars, mice, bears, and orcas.  Learn more about this program and other new technologies being used for conservation in TNC's upcoming Fall issue.—Photo by @kaigner #dogs #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Happy #nationaldogday! Alfred Langat, right and Ali Leadura take #rangerdog Machine, left and Warrior… read more
Happy #nationaldogday! Alfred Langat, right and Ali Leadura take #rangerdog Machine, left and  Warrior  out for training in Laikipia, Northern Kenya.  The dogs protect people and wildlife against poaching and crimes.—Photo by @amivitale #protectpreserve #savenature #conservation #kenya | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Kate Courville took this photo while on her son's 2nd grade class trip to the National Zoo in Washington,… read more
Kate Courville took this photo while on her son's 2nd grade class trip to the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. She was able to get right up close to the glass in the Great Ape House and capture this image of an Orangutan. "He was right in front of me and I was lucky enough to catch him in a series of poses." Kate submitted this shot for The Nature Conservancy's #WhatsYourNature photo contest.  Do you have any great shots from the zoo? We'd love to see: tag #whatsyournature — Photo by Kate Courville @lensinlife  #livenature #savenature #habitat #orangutans | © instagram.com/nature_org
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The western canal diverts water for irrigation from the South Platte River, the canal system in Nebraska… read more
South Platte River
The western canal diverts water for irrigation from the South Platte River, the canal system in Nebraska which produces one of the largest sections of irrigated corn. This advanced irrigation scheduling is a part of a larger effort by The Nature Conservancy to change irrigation patterns and practices. —Photo by @robertclarkphoto, shot while on assignment for The Nature Conservancy. #protectpreserve #habitat #conservation #nebraska | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Jaw-like leaves make the Venus flytrap one of the world’s most recognizable carnivorous plants. But its… read more
Jaw-like leaves make the Venus flytrap one of the world’s most recognizable carnivorous plants. But its native range is limited to the sandy swamps of the Carolinas—only an estimated 35,000 plants survive in the wild. The Nature Conservancy owns and co-manages several preserves in the Carolinas including Green Swamp Preserve which spans 17,424 acres in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Green Swamp Preserve is famous for having at least 14 different species of insectivorous plants.  This preserve also contains some of the country’s finest examples of longleaf pine savannas. The Nature Conservancy’s many management activities at the Green Swamp include prescribed burning and restoring pine plantations to longleaf pine savannas. Photo by— © Christian Ziegler @christianziegler #conservation #livenature #nature #protectpreserve #northcarolina #southcarolina #swamps | © instagram.com/nature_org
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"I had to pull over and shoot these clouds, they reminded me of the summer storms that I saw in western… read more
"I had to pull over and shoot these clouds, they reminded me of the summer storms that I saw in western Kansas. As I was shooting this, I was taken back to those times, the temperature dropped and the sky become a show of changing clouds and light."—@robertclarkphoto, Western Nebraska.  Shot while on assignment for The Nature Conservancy.  The unique cloud formation is called, Mammatus meaning "mammary cloud". They are a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud, typically cumulonimbus rainclouds. The name mammatus is derived from the Latin term for mamma breast.  According to the WMO International Cloud Atlas, mamma is a cloud supplementary feature rather than a genus, species or variety of cloud. They are formed by cold air sinking down to form the pockets contrary to the puffs of clouds rising through the convection of warm air.—Photo by @robertclarkphoto #storm #clouds  #livenature #nebraska | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Black Bayou Lake, part of the National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, Louisiana. The Nature Conservancy conducts… read more
Black Bayou Lake, part of the National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, Louisiana. The Nature Conservancy conducts its Freshwater Assessment here at Black Bayou Lake.  The assessment is a science-based evaluation of watershed health, water quality, river and stream flow, and biological health of all major watersheds in the state.  The project features an online platform that provides free scientific information to support decision making about freshwater resources through a user-friendly, online mapping system. To learn more, visit freshwaternetwork.org— photo by @ianshivephoto #protectpreserve #nature #conservation #louisiana #bayou #freshwater | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Fender's Blue butterflies, an endangered subspecies of butterfly found only in the Willamette Valley… read more
Fender's Blue butterflies, an endangered subspecies of butterfly found only in the Willamette Valley of northwestern Oregon, are completely dependent on the threatened plant species, Kincaid's lupine. The Conservancy has been working for more than a decade to improve habitat for the Fender’s blue in Willamette Valley, where less than 2 percent of historic upland prairie and oak habitat remain— photo by Matthew Benotsch. #livenature #nature #naturephotography #butterflies #Oregon | © instagram.com/nature_org
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TNC Videographer Ben Knisely shot this video progression of the solar eclipse from TNC headquarters in… read more
TNC Videographer Ben Knisely shot this video progression of the solar eclipse from TNC headquarters in Arlington, VA. Nearly one hundred people assembled in the garden behind TNC's building, wearing glasses and playing with binocular lenses and pinhole cameras. "I often forget how quickly we’re flying through space," Ben said of his experience watching the eclipse.  Did you know that 6 Nature Conservancy preserves fell Inside the Path of Totality during the solar eclipse today?  The Platte River Preserve, Nebraska, Zahorsky Woods, Missouri, Grassy Slough Preserve, Illinois, Clifty Creek Preserve, Tennessee, Nine Times Preserve, South Carolina and Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve, South Carolina. —Video by @ben.knisely#solareclipse #solareclipse2017 | © instagram.com/nature_org
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#What’sYourNature? TNC director of photography @billmarr: This is In Bryce Canyon National Park a few… read more
Bryce Canyon National Park
#What’sYourNature?  TNC director of photography @billmarr: This is In Bryce Canyon National Park a few years ago. My wife @roseleen and I hiked down one side into a closed canyon and found this wonderful example of nature’s adaptability and perseverance—a tree rose from the canyon floor and sought out the light at the top of the canyon walls. With all that rock and little water, it found a way to live in a challenging habitat. Life is stubborn. I hope by now this tree has company. There’s nature in all of us. #livenature #nature #nationalparkservice #brycecanyon | © instagram.com/nature_org
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#WhatsYourNature? Mine usually drifts back to water. My name is @billmarr and I joined The Nature Conservancy… read more
Decatur, Nebraska
#WhatsYourNature?  Mine usually drifts back to water. My name is @billmarr and I joined The Nature Conservancy a few months ago as the director of photography. I took this picture years ago—with film and a very long exposure—on the banks of the Missouri River near Decatur, Nebraska when I was on the staff of a small newspaper in Missouri. I look forward to finding ways to celebrate nature with good photography, while sharing the story of The Nature Conservancy with you. There’s nature in all of us. #livenature #nature #naturephotography #missouririver | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A view of the inner reef with a lone mangrove tree interrupting the horizon with the night sky and Milky… read more
Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
A view of the inner reef with a lone mangrove tree interrupting the horizon with the night sky and Milky Way above. Blurry lights of foragers looking for shellfish using torches and flashlights can be faintly seen in the background near the village of Utwe, Kosrae island, Micronesia. On this island, indigenous landowners are using the region’s first conservation easement to protect a rare ecosystem. They worked with the Conservancy to establish an income-generating easement—@nickhallphoto.#micronesia #kosrae #mangrove #forests #conservation #indigenous #nature #savenature #community #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A local man playing a Kacapi (or a Sampe) in his home in East Kalimantan Province, located on the eastern… read more
A local man playing a Kacapi (or a Sampe) in his home in East Kalimantan Province, located on the eastern portion of the island of Borneo, Indonesia. His fellow villagers are preparing for the annual Nom Plan festival, which celebrates the harvest each spring. The festival involves a ritual cleansing of the village by local women, a canoe competition, music, and traditional dances. The Nature Conservancy is working here throughout 78,000 square miles to protect an incredibly rare expanse of biologically rich tropical rainforests—photo by @nickhallphoto. @id_nature #indonesia #nature #indigenous #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Aerial views of the Ellsworth Creek Preserve in Washington. The Nature Conservancy's 7,600 acre Ellsworth… read more
Washington
Aerial views of the Ellsworth Creek Preserve in Washington. The Nature Conservancy's 7,600 acre Ellsworth Creek Preserve links with the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge along over five miles of Willapa Bay shoreline. The Conservancy purchased the entire watershed to protect old-growth forest, salmon, amphibians, birds and more. Working with partners Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, the Conservancy implements common forest management goals, shares strategies, and results. Working together, nearly $1 million in restoration grants has been secured—@chriscrisman.@conserve_wa #washington #forests #savenature #preserve #protectpreserve #willapa | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A coconut crab resting on a tree in Palmyra Atoll. Palmyra sits about a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i… read more
Palmyra Atoll
A coconut crab resting on a tree in Palmyra Atoll. Palmyra sits about a 1,000 miles south of Hawai'i and is one of the most breathtaking marine wilderness areas on Earth. The Nature Conservancy bought Palmyra in 2000 and today it is a national marine monument. The Conservancy and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are partnering to protect it for years to come—photo by @timcalver. #palmyra #island #atoll #beautiful #savenature #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Jacqueline Mevoghe catches and cleans fish off Aschouka Island, Gabon, one late afternoon in May. The… read more
Gabon
Jacqueline Mevoghe catches and cleans fish off Aschouka Island, Gabon, one late afternoon in May. The Nature Conservancy is working with local partner OELO to help communities assemble and establish local fisheries associations to address issues such as illegal fishing gear and declining fish stocks. “I have been fishing since I was a little girl,” Jacqueline says. “You would just throw the net in the water and you would capture so many fish. Now it's very hard work: You always have to go to the water and set the nets and you don't always catch something.” OELO and the Conservancy hope to create a more sustainable fishing operation for the community and nature—photo by @roshni.lodhia.@nature_africa #gabon #fishing #sustainability #community #nature #indigenousday #savenature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A team of Gabonese and American scientist remove specimen from a seine net fish in a river near Fougamou,… read more
Gabon
A team of Gabonese and American scientist remove specimen from a seine net fish in a river near Fougamou, Gabon. The country of Gabon is gearing up for the production of several hydropower dams in the coming years. In order to launch these dams successfully, scientist are surveying rivers to better understand the species that inhabit these ecosystems. The Nature Conservancy assembled a team of six to spend several weeks in the Gabonese rainforest to make this happen. The idea is to create baselines and to better understand the impact of human activity on natural habitats. Discover more, bit.ly/HydropowerInGabon—photo by @roshni.lodhia.@nature_africa #africa #gabon #protectpreserve #habitat #savenature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Augustin Nzoghe, a community leader and head of Aschouka Island, and his wife Ophelie Efire, gillnet… read more
Gabon
Augustin Nzoghe, a community leader and head of Aschouka Island, and his wife Ophelie Efire, gillnet fish in the early morning hours on Aschouska Island, Gabon. The country of Gabon is gearing up for a large initiative—harnessing the power of its rivers to boost renewable electricity production. In the coming years, this Central African rainforest nation will build dozens of hydropower plants. In order to ensure the best decisions are made economically and environmentally, The Nature Conservancy has assembled a team of Gabonese and American scientist to assess all angles of progressing hydropower plans. The hope is to advance economically and continue to protect the country’s natural and precious resources and habitats. Learn more at bit.ly/HydropowerInGabon—photo by @roshni.lodhia.@nature_africa #gabon #africa #hydropower #savenature #protectpreserve #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Aerial view of tidal creeks and tributaries of the Winyah Bay Basin area, primarily in Town Creek, South… read more
South Carolina
Aerial view of tidal creeks and tributaries of the Winyah Bay Basin area, primarily in Town Creek, South Carolina. Freshwater wetlands are vulnerable to changes in salinity caused by higher tides, sea level rise, and industrial and agricultural water use. The Nature Conservancy has been assessing new conservation approaches to better preserve the near-coastal habitats that sustain wildlife—photo by @macstonephoto.#southcarolina #us #northamerica #climatechange #habitat #protectpreserve #savenature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Štrbački buk Waterfalls are one of the most pristine natural features of the Una River. These falls and… read more
UNA National park
Štrbački buk Waterfalls are one of the most pristine natural features of the Una River. These falls and the Una River form a natural border between Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The spring fed falls and gin clear waters of the Una are part of the Una National Park in Bosnia and Herzegovina, founded in 2006. The Nature Conservancy is developing partnerships with European governments and development agencies to achieve shared conservation goals here and around the world—photo by @kengeiger.#europe #unariver #waterfalls #chasingwaterfalls #freshwater #savenature #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A brown bear fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls in Alaska. Salmon are considered a “keystone species”… read more
Brooks Falls
A brown bear fishing for salmon at Brooks Falls in Alaska. Salmon are considered a “keystone species” and are one of the first species to suffer when stream water quality declines. The Nature Conservancy, partners, and the community are putting practices in play that protect and enhance habitat for salmon—photo by @amivitale.#alaska #habitat #salmon #nature #savenature #protectpreserve #freshwater #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Nearly 70 miles off of Key West, seven small islands form Dry Tortugas National Park and appear at the… read more
Dry Tortugas National Park
Nearly 70 miles off of Key West, seven small islands form Dry Tortugas National Park and appear at the end of the Florida Keys chain. Dry Tortugas sits in the Florida Reef System (FRS) which is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the continental U.S. It spans 358 miles in Southeast Florida, from the Dry Tortugas off Key West, north to Martin County. The FRS is home to many inhabitants including several coral species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Nature Conservancy spearheaded the Florida Reef Resilience Program, which has brought together managers from around the world and strengthens their ability to protect and manage coral reefs. The Conservancy and partners have been propagating the endangered coral at nearby nursery sites—photo by @carltonward.@natureflorida #florida #loveFL #visitflorida #conservation #nature #protectpreserve #endangeredspecies #savenature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Today is World Ranger Day! Thank you to all the rangers who risk their lives to save and protect wildlife.… read more
Loisaba Conservancy
Today is World Ranger Day! Thank you to all the rangers who risk their lives to save and protect wildlife. Some of our most helpful elephant-saving rangers are anti-poaching dogs. Warrior and Machine are bloodhound brothers who live and work at @loisaba_conservancy in northern Kenya. They came to Loisaba from @oljogi where they were trained from a young age as sniffer dogs. Bloodhounds are incredibly valuable to wildlife protection because they have more than 200 million olfactory cells— that’s about 40 times as many as humans. Learn more at nature.org/rangerdogs—photo by @amivitale. @nature_africa #Kenya #wildlife #protect #saveanimals #beautiful #nature #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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An entry road to the Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh preserve. Mad Island is part of an expansive… read more
Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve
An entry road to the Clive Runnells Family Mad Island Marsh preserve. Mad Island is part of an expansive coastal wetlands system which, 60 years ago, stretched nearly unbroken along the mid- and upper-Texas Gulf Coast. It lies along the Central Flyway, one of four principal North American migratory bird routes. Nearly 250 species of birds—including migrating and resident songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl—use the area for nesting, feeding, resting and roosting. In 1993, The Nature Conservancy of Texas, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Dow Chemical, US EPA, Trull Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas partnered to raise $2.5 million for conservation and preservation of the marsh—photo by @ianshivephoto. #Texas #tejas #madisland #beautiful #birds #migratorybirds #conservation #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Layla and Janae Messerly enjoy the sun on Matador Ranch in the northeastern plains of Montana. In 2002,… read more
Montana
Layla and Janae Messerly enjoy the sun on Matador Ranch in the northeastern plains of Montana. In 2002, the Conservancy began leasing parts of the ranch to neighboring ranchers who were suffering from several years of severe drought—essentially offering the Matador’s grass to neighboring ranches in exchange for their  participation in conservation efforts. Today, 13 ranchers graze their cattle on the Matador, and the grassbank has enabled the Conservancy to leverage conservation on more than 225,000 additional acres of private land without the cost of purchase of the land or of easements—photo by @amivitale. #montana #usa #ranch #cattle #conservation #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A detail of tadpole shrimp samples from a vernal pool on the Howard Ranch near Sacramento, California.… read more
A detail of tadpole shrimp samples from a vernal pool on the Howard Ranch near Sacramento, California. Vernal pools are temporary wetlands that provide nutrients and habitat for distinctive plants and animals. On this ranch, The Nature Conservancy has been conducting research to determine the effects of cattle grazing on California’s delicate habitats—photo by @ianshivephoto.#california #usa #westcoast #habitat #habitatmonth #noaa #nature #savenature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A Black Mangrove seedling pushes up through the mud in near Île-à-Vache, Haiti. Today is International… read more
Île-à-Vache
A Black Mangrove seedling pushes up through the mud in near Île-à-Vache, Haiti. Today is International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove. Mangrove forests protect coasts by absorbing wave energy, reducing erosion of shorelines, & adapting to sea level rise. They're important habitat to wildlife and nurseries to the fish that communities and ecosystems depend on. Learn more how mangroves and other ecosystems protect coasts, bit.ly/coastalprotection—photo by @timcalver.#haiti #habitat #habitatmonth #conservation #mangrove #savenature #climatechange #protection #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A view of caribbean seagrass and an island in Turneffe Atoll, Belize in the Caribbean. Seagrass meadows… read more
Turneffe Atoll
A view of caribbean seagrass and an island in Turneffe Atoll, Belize in the Caribbean. Seagrass meadows are one of the most important marine ecosystems that may not initially come to mind. But similar to terrestrial plants, they capture the sun’s energy and generate food and oxygen. They are the most helpful to fish populations and provide critical habitat and protection. A presence of seagrass means significant increases for many species—photo by Ethan Daniels.#caribbean #belize #turneffeatoll #sea #habitat #habitatmonth #noaa #protectpreserve #savenature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A volunteer for the Global Vision International holds a juvenile Aldabra giant tortoise on Curieuse Island… read more
Seychelles
A volunteer for the Global Vision International holds a juvenile Aldabra giant tortoise on Curieuse Island in the Seychelles. The second largest population—about 300—of free roaming Aldabra giant tortoises live on this island and get measured twice a year for conservation purposes. The Conservancy's NatureVest program, gathered enough impact capital and philanthropic grants to help Seychelles restructure nearly $30 million of its debt. The arrangement allows the government to redirect its debt payments to an independent trust fund that will be used for reducing the climate vulnerability of Seychelles’ marine and coastal ecosystems. Learn more at bit.ly/SavingSeychelles—photo by @jasonbhouston.#seychelles #indianocean #curieuseisland #tortoise #animals #wildlife #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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The famous rocks at Rodeo Beach in Marin Headlands, California. Marin Headlands’ majestic views and hilly… read more
Marin Headlands
The famous rocks at Rodeo Beach in Marin Headlands, California. Marin Headlands’ majestic views and hilly peninsula make it one of the most visited sites in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s National Park System. What some don’t know is in the 1960’s this treasure was almost lost. Marin County’s Board of Supervisors approved a 2,000-acre development to be built in a new town in the headlands. The Nature Conservancy partnered with local citizens and other environmentalists to halt the project and was finally able to acquire the headlands in 1972. In 1975, it was transferred to the @nationalparkservice, to form the basis for The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest urban parks in the world—photo by @ianshivephoto.#california #cali #westcoast #usa #nature #findyourpark #park101 #beautiful #nature #marinheadlands #explore #naturephotos #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Swallow-tailed kites cuddle in their nest at the top of a large loblolly pine in Withlacoochee State… read more
Withlacoochee Park
Swallow-tailed kites cuddle in their nest at the top of a large loblolly pine in Withlacoochee State Forest in Florida. These swift and graceful raptors once nested in 21 states in cypress swamps and other freshwater forested wetlands. But these habitats have been dwindling for centuries. They are threatened by agriculture, logging, dams, dredging, and invasive species. Recent scientific studies have also found that the wetland habitat is vulnerable to changes in salinity caused by higher tides and sea-level rise. The Nature Conservancy and its partners have come together to research swallow-tailed kites, their behavior, and their transitioning habitats. They’ve already protected more than 1 million acres of current and potential habitat in South Carolina’s coastal plain. But there is still much more learning in this process in order to properly mitigate the problems—photo by @macstonephoto. #habitat #florida #loveFL #swallowtailedkites #birds #animals #savenature #climatehange #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A prescribed burn on Willamette Confluence Perserve in Oregon. In October 2016, The Nature Conservancy's… read more
A prescribed burn on Willamette Confluence Perserve in Oregon. In October 2016, The Nature Conservancy's Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module traveled to the Willamette Valley in Oregon for three weeks to help the Conservancy’s Oregon chapter and other local stakeholders including US Fish & Wildlife, US Forest Service, and BLM with grassland prairies and oak savanna prescribed burns. Burns ranged from several acres to well over 100 acres and are intended to reduce woody material encroaching on the prairies and promote regeneration of native species in this historically fire adapted ecosystem. Photographer @jasonbhouston completed extensive training and firefighter boot camp to accompany the Fire Module. When there were burns, Jason got out his camera. He says, “part of what interested me in this story was the need for what these guys are doing. Fires get really big and dangerous a lot of times because of the way we've interfered with the natural fire cycles. Controlled burns restore some balance. I appreciate what they're doing.”—photo by @jasonbhouston. | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Taken at Everglades National Park during a hot March day. Katie Yarborough recalls the moment she spotted… read more
Everglades National Park
Taken at Everglades National Park during a hot March day. Katie Yarborough recalls the moment she spotted an American Alligator—she says, "this one was lazily hanging out in the shade below the walkway of a trail bridge." The Everglades span over 6,000 square kilometers and is home to almost 800 species of mammals, reptiles, fresh and saltwater fish, and birds combined. But land conversion and drainage have whittled down the Everglades, making it exceptionally difficult for these species to thrive. Fortunately, there are tremendous opportunities for conservation that the Nature Conservancy and partners have executed to better protect this critical system—photo by @katiey22. @nature_florida #florida #loveFL #endangeredspecies #habitat #savenature #restore #whatsyournature #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Introducing RARE, a new PBS series following @NatGeo photographer @JoelSartore as he travels the world… read more
Introducing RARE, a new PBS series following @NatGeo photographer @JoelSartore as he travels the world on a quest to create the #PhotoArk, a photo archive of global biodiversity. After a photo shoot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio, a clouded leopard cub climbs on Sartore’s head. The leopards, which live in Asian tropical forests, are illegally hunted for their spotted pelts. The three-part series comes to @PBS tonight at 9/8C! Photo by Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio.#natgeo #endangeredspecies #animals #beautfiul #savenature #nature #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A federally threatened koala with her babies photographed at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by @NatGeo… read more
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
A federally threatened koala with her babies photographed at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by @NatGeo photographer @JoelSartore. Introducing RARE, a new PBS series following Sartore as he travels the world on a quest to create the #PhotoArk, a photo archive of global biodiversity. The three-part series comes to @PBS TONIGHT at 9/8C!#pbs #natgeo #endangeredspecies #animals #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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An adult female white bellied pangolin with her baby, photographed at Pangolin Conservation by @NatGeo… read more
An adult female white bellied pangolin with her baby, photographed at Pangolin Conservation by @NatGeo photographer @JoelSartore. Introducing RARE, a new PBS series following Sartore as he travels the world on a quest to create the #PhotoArk, a photo archive of global biodiversity. The three-part series comes to @PBS TONIGHT at 9/8C!#pbs #natgeo #endangeredspecies #animals #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A Coquerel's sifaka, photographed at the Houston Zoo by @NatGeo photographer @JoelSartore. Introducing… read more
Houston Zoo
A Coquerel's sifaka, photographed at the Houston Zoo by @NatGeo photographer @JoelSartore. Introducing RARE, a new PBS series following Sartore as he travels the world on a quest to create the #PhotoArk, a photo archive of global biodiversity. The three-part series comes to @PBS TONIGHT at 9/8C!#pbs #natgeo #endangeredspecies #animals #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Cows graze under the big skies of the Zumwalt Prairie region in this photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey).… read more
Zumwalt Prairie
Cows graze under the big skies of the Zumwalt Prairie region in this photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). The Nature Conservancy has been working with local ranchers to graze their cattle in a manner that balances ranching with prairie conservation, and approximately 1,600 acres of TNC’s #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve have been dedicated as a sustainable-grazing proving ground, where scientists test different grazing methods and their impacts on the land.  This kind of care will help to protect this grassland—and this region--for years to come. As Huey remarks, "As long as we eat meat we need to find ways to integrate our living food sources into our environment and this was the best example I’ve seen in my travels." This wraps our assignment work from the Zumwalt Prairie. Thanks for following along!@nature_oregon  #prairie #zumwalt #sustainable #oregon #ranching | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Lupine dapple the green grass at #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve in Oregon.… read more
Zumwalt Prairie
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Lupine dapple the green grass at  #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve in Oregon.  A “second Spring” comes on the upper lands of the preserve with fields of flowers erupting across the grasslands, making for amazing hikes.  This TNC preserve protects dozens of native bunchgrasses as well as over 100 species of flowers. Elk, cougar, coyotes, raptors, and many others species call this region home as well. The preserve is open to the public and you can find out more about visiting this preserve by going to nature.org. @nature_oregon  #prairie  #zumwalt  #sustainable  #oregon  #ranching | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Heidi Schmalz (left) and Allison Rossman lead a group of volunteers… read more
Zumwalt Prairie
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). Heidi Schmalz (left) and Allison Rossman lead a group of volunteers and researchers as they look for varieties of invasive weeds, which they geotag and track for future spraying on TNC’s #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve. In addition to searching for invasive plants, these field data collection crews survey the land for native plants and insects as well. This research helps to maintain the delicate balance of biodiversity in the region. @nature_oregon #prairie #zumwalt #sustainable #oregon #wildflowers #science | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Photo by @argonautphoto. A Swainson’s hawk soars above TNC’s #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve in eastern Oregon.… read more
Zumwalt Prairie
Photo by @argonautphoto. A Swainson’s hawk soars above TNC’s #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve in eastern Oregon. These majestic birds spend their summer in the American West and migrate to Argentina for the winter. They are also referred to as “grasshopper hawks” because of their appetite for this insect, but their diets also consist of rodents and other small mammals. Populations of this hawk have declined in far western locations such as Oregon due to habitat loss which is why places like the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve and surrounding conservation easements are so important for this raptor.@nature_oregon #prairie #zumwalt #sustainable #oregon #ranching #raptor #wildlife #bird | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Photo by @argonautphoto. “I always love seeing these hundred-year-old buildings around the American West,”… read more
Zumwalt Prairie
Photo by @argonautphoto. “I always love seeing these hundred-year-old buildings around the American West,” says photographer Aaron Huey of this dilapidated home sinking into prairie land that borders The Nature Conservancy’s  #ZumwaltPrairie Preserve in Oregon.  At approximately 33,000 acres, it is the largest private nature sanctuary in the state. Recently, TNC has negotiated a series of agreements with local ranchers that will put conservation easements on 23,000 additional acres of surrounding land, almost doubling the amount of protected prairie and helping to ensure that it stays one of the few remaining intact grasslands in the United States. @nature_oregon  #prairie  #zumwalt  #sustainable  #oregon  #ranching | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Photographer Aaron Huey (@argonautphoto) captured this image of a cowhand lassoing a calf on Dan Probert’s… read more
Oregon
Photographer Aaron Huey (@argonautphoto) captured this image of a cowhand lassoing a calf on Dan Probert’s ranch near TNC’s #ZumwaltPrariePreserve in Oregon.  We’ll be sharing more photos by @argonautphoto all this week from his assignment here at Zumwalt Prairie.  This story shares the lives of both ranchers and field scientists who are all playing important parts in preserving the Pacific Northwest’s largest remaining expanse of bunchgrass prairie, a vital habitat for hundreds of plant and animal species.@nature_oregon#prairie #zumwalt #sustainable #oregon #ranchinglife | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Thomas Chadwick earned our second runner-up spot in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. He's been photographing… read more
Florida
Thomas Chadwick earned our second runner-up spot in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. He's been photographing black skimmers for years and submitted his favorite for the contest. He captured this touching moment "after the baby gobbled down [a] fish, I captured him running up to the parent and displaying the behavior pictured." Congratulations Thomas! See more winners here, bit.ly/WhatsYourNatureWinners.@nature_florida #florida #visitFL #wildlife #blackskimmer #beautiful #bird #protectpreserve #babyanimals #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Gloomy weather can sometimes be the perfect formula for making a photograph. This formula helped Phil… read more
Canyon Lake
Gloomy weather can sometimes be the perfect formula for making a photograph. This formula helped Phil Lewis land a runner up spot in The Nature Conservancy's #WhatsYourNature photo contest. Thank you to all the participants in this year's contest. See more of the winners here, bit.ly/WhatsYourNatureWinners.#canyonlakedam #texas #visittexas #tejas #abstractart #beautiful #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Bluetail Unicornfishes swirling at Komodo National Park in Indonesia, where The Nature Conservancy is… read more
Komodo National Park
Bluetail Unicornfishes swirling at Komodo National Park in Indonesia, where The Nature Conservancy is working on-the-ground to mitigate the degradation of natural resources due to human activity. The Komodo waters are home to over 1,000 species of fish, 260 reefbuilding corals, 70 sponges, whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. The Conservancy is working with creative strategies that help protect biodiversity but also to enable people to benefit from the park in sustainable ways as well—photo by Jeff Yonover.@id_nature #indonesia #pacific #wildlife #fish #underwater #underthesea #protectpreserve #savenature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A Fairy Tern on Cooper Island at Palmyra Atoll. Located 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, Palmyra Atoll is… read more
Palmyra Atoll
A Fairy Tern on Cooper Island at Palmyra Atoll. Located 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on earth. The Nature Conservancy bought Palmyra in 2000 and it is now a marine national monument. The Conservancy and the USFWS have partnered to protect this location and Palmyra Atoll is also being developed as a center for scientific study. Learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s role in Palmyra, bit.ly/WorkinginPalmyra—photo by @timcalver.#palmyra #ocean #marine #conservation #naturephotography #wildlife  #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A woman lays dagaa (a type of sardine) on drying racks along the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Here in Tanzania,… read more
Tanzania
A woman lays dagaa (a type of sardine) on drying racks along the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Here in Tanzania, The Nature Conservancy is collaborating with Pathfinder International on the Tuungane Project, an initiative to help protect the Greater Mahale Ecosystem and to improve the quality of life of the people who live there. As part of this project, communities manage their own freshwater resources and that includes enforcing sustainable fishing, which helps to prevent overfishing and ensures a food source for the residents who depend on it—photo by @amivitale. @nature_africa #africa #tanzania #nature #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A seal pup sunbathes along the banks of the Elkhorn Slough off of Monterey Bay, California. Several hundred… read more
Elkhorn Slough
A seal pup sunbathes along the banks of the Elkhorn Slough off of Monterey Bay, California. Several hundred Pacific harbor seals lounge here during the day ahead of their nightly trips for food in the bay.  The Nature Conservancy transferred ownership of the majority of this salt marsh to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation in 2012 to provide on-site management of an estuary that is critically important to many plants and animals—photo by @kiliiiyuyan.#california #montereybay #wildlife #seal #pacific #westcoast #beautiful #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Our judges have spoken. We finally have our winners from the #WhatsYourNature photo contest! This image… read more
South Africa
Our judges have spoken. We finally have our winners from the #WhatsYourNature photo contest! This image comes from our overall winner, Geo Jooste of South Africa. Geo captured this darter bird bathing "in a conservation area, late afternoon, in Freestate province, South Africa, just as it got out of the water for a night’s rest." Thank you to everyone who participated in our digital photo contest. Find out who are other winners are here, bit.ly/WhatsYourNatureWinners.#photocontest #naturephotography #beautiful #nature #wildlife #darter #conservation #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Photographer Mike Yamashita describes life near the Irrawaddy Delta, "every member of the family has… read more
Irrawaddy, Myanmar
Photographer Mike Yamashita describes life near the Irrawaddy Delta, "every member of the family has a job in rural Myanmar. And here in the Irrawaddy Delta, the job of feeding ducks fell to the youngest. I followed her round the pond shooting her every move as she threw feed to the ducklings. This is the last frame after she emptied her basket of grain, and perhaps the best, as you can focus on her beautiful face and the the yellow-white cosmetic painted in a pattern. It's made from tree bark called thanaka and is worn by every Burmese woman and child as a skin protectant and beauty cream, a cultural habit going back 2000 years." photo by @yamashitaphoto#myanmar #nature #peopleinnature #beautiful #farm #makeportraits #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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photo by @yamashitaphoto—It was nearing sunset, the light was beautiful and I was searching for a subject… read more
Irrawaddy, Myanmar
photo by @yamashitaphoto—It was nearing sunset, the light was beautiful and I was searching for a subject when we chanced upon this duck farm on a canal running along side the road. I was fascinated by the single strand bamboo pole bridge the family used to cross from their water surrounded house to the road. In Vietnam's Mekong Delta the soldiers called them monkey bridges as you needed the dexterity of a monkey to cross one. I chose a low angle in the grass to elevate the bridge and waited for the moment when 2 kids crested the top.#myanmar #irrawaddy #nature #conservation #peopleinnature #beautiful #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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While on assignment in Myanmar, @yamashitaphoto captured life on and around the Irrawaddy Delta Area.… read more
Irrawaddy, Myanmar
While on assignment in Myanmar, @yamashitaphoto captured life on and around the Irrawaddy Delta Area. He explains, "this is a passenger boat on the Yangon river leaving the city for the suburbs at sunset.  I assume there are Buddhist monks aboard judging by the seagulls following the boat as monks or devout Buddhists receive merit for feeding the birds. I was fascinated by the large flocks that followed the ferries crossing the river looking for hand outs and took many pictures of them as they flew alongside the boat." Learn more about life on the Irrawaddy and other Great Rivers at bit.ly/SavingGreatRivers—photo by @yamashitaphoto.#myanmar #irrawaddy #freshwater #peopleinnature #nature #naturephotos #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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#WhatsYourNature photo contest voting ends today! Top 100 winner Manon Belzile shared this: “The subject… read more
#WhatsYourNature photo contest voting ends today! Top 100 winner Manon Belzile shared this: “The subject is a highly poisonous plant called Veratrum viride, or false hellebore. It is native here in Vermont, abundant on our land and is considered as a pest plant by farmers, but I find them particularly fascinating with the ribbing of the leaves and vibrant greens. They are one of the first plants to emerge after the snow melts and their bright greens jump out amidst the muddy browns of early spring. If you look closely, yellow pollen dust has been deposited on the leaves, giving an appearance of 'peach fuzz,' making the leaves very attractive, despite their poisonous nature.” It's your last chance, cast your vote today, bit.ly/whatsyournature.#abstract #vermont #plants #details #texture #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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@tominspires says that "nature is still the most superior technology. After trekking into the countryside… read more
@tominspires says that "nature is still the most superior technology. After trekking into the countryside for a day, [I] came across this small mountain road and a jeep. I took this aerial shot and it really shows how small we our compared to mother nature." Tom's adventures made it as a finalist in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. Let us know your favorites by voting today, see link in our profile.#whatsyournature #adventure #exploretoday #natureinspires #beautiful #aerial #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Serene San Marcos, Texas—"Less than a block away from a major interstate. The San Marcos river bubbles… read more
Serene San Marcos, Texas—"Less than a block away from a major interstate. The San Marcos river bubbles up from underground here in this city, and the natural filtration that occurs makes for some very clean and crystal clear water. This picture was taken the morning before a major flood which uprooted most of the trees you see in this picture," says Phil Lewis, a finalist in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. Vote for your favorites today, see link in our profile!#texas #visittexas #tejas #nature #serene #explore #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Hayley Whalvin captured this small, peaceful moment in Wimborne, England, of a “harvest mouse [who] sat… read more
England
Hayley Whalvin captured this small, peaceful moment in Wimborne, England, of a “harvest mouse [who] sat in a dandelion having lunch.” Whalvin spent "an hour and a half with them, watching them play, sleep, and eat." She tells us that when she viewed the frame on her screen, "I knew I had my shot." To vote for Hayley’s image and to see all our Top 100 photo entries visit the #WhatsYourNature photo contest page at the link in our profile.  #nature #wildlife #mouse #england | © instagram.com/nature_org
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In Hong Kong Sai Kung West Country Park, one of out Top 100 photo contest contestants Leka Hule, photographed… read more
Sai Kung Country Park
In Hong Kong Sai Kung West Country Park, one of out Top 100 photo contest contestants Leka Hule, photographed a silhouette of lanky lizard. She recounts the moment as being "full of [drama] and mystery." Sai Kung West County Park is over 3,000 hectares and sits on Sai Kun Peninsula. Not only can bet you'll see these lizards but you'll be consumed with numerous trails and vast views. Vote for your favorites today! Voting ends this Friday, see link in our profile.#hongkong #hk #asia #saikun #lizards #wildlife #beauty #savenature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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This snowy cabin made our Top 100 in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. It comes to us from Jerome Guay… read more
British Columbia
This snowy cabin made our Top 100 in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. It comes to us from Jerome Guay who "was [in] the Bonnington range in British-Colombia with friends for 3 days of backcountry skiing around the Grassy hut Cabin." Jerome says he "spent around an hour trying to capture the beauty of that special night." He thanks nature for these special moments. Let us know which nature moments are special to you from our photo contest. Vote by visiting the link in our profile!#canada #britistcolumbia #visitcanada #snow #adventure #beautiful #exploretoday #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Joel Porterfield captured these "yellow coneflower and compass plants on the prairie at Montrose Point,… read more
Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
Joel Porterfield captured these "yellow coneflower and compass plants on the prairie at Montrose Point, [which] frame the Chicago skyline on a humid July day." His nature-in-city shot made our Top 100 in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. You have until this Friday to pick your favorite to win our People's Choice category. Click the link in our bio to tell us who should earn the top spot! #natureincities #chicago #summer #skyline | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Sandi Bertoncelj captured a sunset trail ride for the #WhatsYourNature photo contest and made it to our… read more
Karavanke
Sandi Bertoncelj captured a sunset trail ride for the #WhatsYourNature photo contest and made it to our Top 100. He photographed a "mountain bike escape to high mountains (Karavanke alps in Slovenia) in the time of thermal inversion which appears in the last months of year," and says "it was very a pleasant and exciting nature adventure." Cast your vote for the best photos, see link in our profile.#slovenia #europe #nature #adventure #exploretoday #peopleinnature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Happy Sunday dance! The time is here to vote for your favorite images in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest.… read more
Florida
Happy Sunday dance! The time is here to vote for your favorite images in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. See link in our profile! One of our favorites includes this image by Karen Winchester who says, "As I was taking photos of this beautiful Sandhill Crane family, the colt just broke out into a 'Happy Dance!' I literally laughed out loud as I watched. I felt honored to capture this moment in a photo."#wildlife #florida #loveFL #sandhillcrane #nature #beautiful #naturephotos #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Mandy Kidd recounts the day she took this photo on a "cold Autumn morning after a light frost and heavy… read more
Mandy Kidd recounts the day she took this photo on a "cold Autumn morning after  a light frost and heavy dew.  The cobweb is about the size of a 50 cent coin in amongst the only flowering plant on our acreage, the marigold. These delicate webs can survive the frost and the dew however one spot of rain the entire web vanishes." Mandy's image made it to our Top 100 in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. Vote for your favorites at bit.ly/whatsyournature.#abstract #folders #dew #autumn #fall #naturephotos #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A beautiful harvest: Amitava Chandra explains of this photo taken near Kolaghat in West Bengal, India,… read more
West Bengal
A beautiful harvest: Amitava Chandra explains of this photo taken near Kolaghat in West Bengal, India, that “this unique white grass…is ‘kash’ in vernacular [aka: wild sugarcane]. For a very limited period of autumn it comes from nature in abundance without any cultivation….the beauty is so magnificent that on many occasions it is used for interior decorations and the dried-up stalks are used as alternate fuel.” Vote for your favorite #WhatsYourNature contest entry at the link in our profile. @camit66 #nature #india #peopleinnature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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“This slow shutter speed shot captures a cheetah's leisure stroll at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in… read more
Namibia, Africa
“This slow shutter speed shot captures a cheetah's leisure stroll at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia,” Jelena Djakovic says of her Top 100 #WhatsYourNature photo. There is one week left to vote for your favorite photo. Click the link in our profile and please let us know your top pick! #nature #wildlife #cheetah #namibia | © instagram.com/nature_org
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“This photo was taken on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah,” says #WhatsYourNature Top 100 photographer,… read more
Bonneville Salt Flats
“This photo was taken on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah,” says #WhatsYourNature Top 100 photographer, Alex Oathout. “Enjoying this vast salty space in the morning, it is truly a breathtaking site.  Man's best friend and a jaw-dropping salty environment makes one appreciate undeveloped areas even more.” To see what nature means to our other Top 100 photo entries- and to vote for your favorite- see the link in our bio. @alexdowntherabbithole  #nature #utah #dogsofinstagram #peopleinnature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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A starry night in Joshua Tree National Park was captured by Brandon Yoshizawa, who took advantage of… read more
Joshua Tree National Park
A starry night in Joshua Tree National Park was captured by Brandon Yoshizawa, who took advantage of a clear night to depict this scene. To help illuminate the terrestrial part of the photo, Yoshizawa “used an iPhone screen light to backlight the subject, giving a subtle hint of light to the surrounding trees.” To cast your vote for this Top 100 #WhatsYourNature image, click the link in our bio. @bay.photography  #nature #nationalparks #peopleinnature #joshuatree #longexposure | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Stephanie Gonzales has a spot in our Top 100 #WhatsYourNature Contest. “In late January the sakura trees… read more
Okinawa, Okinawa
Stephanie Gonzales has a spot in our Top 100 #WhatsYourNature Contest. “In late January the sakura trees in Okinawa, Japan, are just beginning to bloom. The highlight of my winter was trying to photograph the Japanese White-Eye, or Mejiro. These tiny, energetic birds are always on the move and, therefore, very difficult to photograph!” Her patience finally paid off. “This little guy paused from gathering nectar just long enough for me to snap the perfect photo.” Please let your voice be heard by clicking on the link in our profile and voting for your top contest entry. #Japan #wildlife #nature #naturephotos #naturephotography #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Recalling the day that he took this photo at Canyon Lake in Texas, Phil Lewis says, “It was a day of… read more
Canyon Lake, Texas
Recalling the day that he took this photo at Canyon Lake in Texas, Phil Lewis says, “It was a day of strange weather as a front had just blown in. On the lake there were very low-lying clouds hanging over the still water and masking the horizon, [and] the reflections created an illusion of a cliff over a large open sky.” His shot earned a spot in our Top 100 #WhatsYourNature photo contest. Go to the link in our profile to tell us which image is your favorite. #PeopleInNature #Texas #nature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Gary Mawer’s photo of a grizzly and her cub made this year’s #WhatsYourNature Photo Contest Top 100.… read more
Knight Inlet, British Columbia
Gary Mawer’s photo of a grizzly and her cub made this year’s #WhatsYourNature Photo Contest Top 100. Gary captured this shot at Knight Inlet off of Glendale Cove in British Columbia. “Glendale Cove is an amazing place,” he tells us. “We floated around the corner and this sow and cub were resting on the rock in the sun.  This photo shows just how majestic and peaceful these beautiful grizzly bears are.” Vote for your favorite photo at the link in our profile.  #nature  #bear #canada | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Sohel Haque says of his #WhatsYourNature Top 100 photo: "This photo was taken from Bogra, Bangladesh... Bogra is famous for red chili production and most of the women in the village work in this field to earn money. In this village, most of the earnings are coming from red chillies and they are used [to supply] the whole country's red chillies demand every year." #peopleinnature #Bangladesh #food #color
Bogra Bangladesh
Sohel Haque says of his #WhatsYourNature Top 100 photo: "This photo was taken from Bogra, Bangladesh... Bogra is famous for red chili production and most of the women in the village work in this field to earn money. In this village, most of the earnings are coming from red chillies and they are used [to supply] the whole country's red chillies demand every year." #peopleinnature #Bangladesh #food #color | © instagram.com/nature_org
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"Swimming with the Common Bottlenose Dolphin is anything but common. Being able to swim with this marine mammal in the wild is a special and unforgettable experience," says Ash Wiscovitch… read more
Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
"Swimming with the Common Bottlenose Dolphin is anything but common. Being able to swim with this marine mammal in the wild is a special and unforgettable experience," says Ash Wiscovitch (@ash.wisco.photography), whose photo of part of a dolphin pod taken near St. Croix is featured in our #WhatsYourNature Top 100 list. Vote for your favorite image by clicking the link in our profile! Voting  ends June 30th. #livenature #ocean #marine #dolphins #underwaterphotography | © instagram.com/nature_org
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#WhatsYourNature? For one of our Top 100 contestants, Shaun Johnson, it's "generally the kind with more… read more
#WhatsYourNature? For one of our Top 100 contestants, Shaun Johnson, it's "generally the kind with more than two pairs of legs – the kind that often goes unnoticed or gets overshadowed by the popularized sort, like this stunning long-horned bee.  While most may be familiar with the more common honeybees, we might forget that pollinators come in all shapes and sizes – ranging from beetles to flies and, of course, a myriad of wild bees." Vote for your favorites from our photo contest, see link in our profile today!#bee #wildlife #pollinators #beautiful #spring #nature #naturephotos #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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We've chosen our favorites. Now it's your turn! Vote for your favorite images from our #WhatsYourNature… read more
Tsavo East National Park
We've chosen our favorites. Now it's your turn! Vote for your favorite images from our #WhatsYourNature photo contest via the link in our profile. We want to hear from you! This one comes from Yaron Schmid. He says, "A baby elephant feels protected between his mother's front legs. This was during a visit to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. The mother is an 'ex-orphan' that now lives in the wild, and she brought her young baby to the camp, as if she wanted her keepers to see how successful their work is. The shot was taken early in the morning just before sunrise."@nature_africa #africa #kenya #nature #wildlife #savenature #protectpreserve #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Don't look down: Tyler Meester's photo of his friend, Kristen, highlining at the Lost Arrow Spire in Yosemite Valley earned a spot in our #WhatsYourNature Top 100 entries. (Vote for your favorite at the link in our bio.)… read more
Lost Arrow Spire
Don't look down: Tyler Meester's photo of his friend, Kristen, highlining at the Lost Arrow Spire in Yosemite Valley earned a spot in our #WhatsYourNature Top 100 entries. (Vote for your favorite at the link in our bio.) "I had walked the highline an hour or so beforehand and the exposure was almost overwhelming," Meester recalls. "I had never walked a line so far off the ground and with such a breathtaking view! I needed to get a photograph that captured the exposure I experienced while on the line… The lighting ended up being way better than I could have asked for. It seemed like the whole valley stopped to watch her walk the line...After messing around on my camera I stopped to watch Kristen make her final steps to the top of the spire. Some things are best experienced without a camera viewfinder in the way." #adventure #Yosemite #walktheline #photocontest #peopleinnature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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Vote for the best images from the #WhatsYourNature photo contest by visiting bit.ly/whatsyournature.… read more
Gulf of Mexico
Vote for the best images from the #WhatsYourNature photo contest by visiting bit.ly/whatsyournature. Fabrice Guerin's image made it to the Top 100. Of this shot, he says that "once a year, in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you can see the fastest fish in the world hunting fish shoals: the sailfish [try] to drill the balls of terrified fish, offering us an impressive show. But we also notice shoals of fish, essential in the survival of the other marine species, are slowly disappearing: climate change is here!"#nature #fish #wildlife #underwater #underthesea #naturephotos #nature #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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We've narrowed down our favorites in the #WhatsYourNautre photo contest and now it's time for you to… read more
We've narrowed down our favorites in the #WhatsYourNautre photo contest and now it's time for you to vote--see link in our profile!  Megan Lorenz captured a puffin while "perched precariously on the edge of a cliff trying desperately to overcome my fear of heights,"she recalls. "I watched this Atlantic Puffin pull a wild iris from the ground and walk along the cliff toward me. He stopped for a moment and I had enough time to capture him with the blue sky in the background before he dropped the iris over the side where his mate was waiting at the burrow entrance." @mlorenzphotography #naturephotography #naturephotos #beautiful #wildlife #puffin #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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It's time to vote for your favorite images in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. This Top 100 image… read more
Tai Mo Shan Country Park
It's time to vote for your favorite images in the #WhatsYourNature photo contest. This Top 100 image entitled, "This Night, A Dream Has Come True," was captured at Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong, and submitted by Jessica Li Ka Wai. See link in our profile to cast your vote!  @jessica_lkw#starrynight #asia #hongkong #peopleinnature #adventure #exploration #livenature | © instagram.com/nature_org
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This #WhatsYourNature Top 100 photo entry comes from Francois Wolfaardt, who captured this shot of a… read more
Kowloon Park
This #WhatsYourNature Top 100 photo entry comes from Francois Wolfaardt, who captured this shot of a flamingo in a pond at Kowloon Park, Hong Kong. Vote for your favorite photo from our contest by clicking the link in our bio!  #nature #flamingo #wildlife #HongKong | © instagram.com/nature_org