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The Nature Conservancy Photos & Videos on Instagram

@nature_org  Worldwide conservation organization protecting lands and waters. See the winners from our 2018 Photo Contest here:

6 days ago

@timcalver shot this photo of the surface of the water from below while diving off the coast of Yap in Micronesia. Visit today's Instagram Story to learn more about how the women of Yap and other Asia Pacific islands are coming together to create climate adaptation solutions. #oceans #climatechange

1 week ago

April marked the 20th year of Grand Isle’s Migratory Bird Festival, which celebrates the birds that flock to the Louisiana island for rest after flying across the Gulf of Mexico. Grand Isle is one of the best places in the world to see tropical songbirds heading north, but it has been hit hard in recent years by rising seas and more frequent storms—trends that threaten the future of this critical refuge point for birds on the Mississippi Flyway. . Each year, more than 300 birders from around the world visit Grand Isle’s festival. Many of the birds arrive exhausted, some having flown nonstop for 18 hours and more than 600 miles, says Jean Landry, who manages The Nature Conservancy’s Grand Isle program and has lived on the island for 50 years. Some of the arriving birds “literally fall out of the sky,” she says. . To help Grand Isle weather rising seas, TNC and several partners recently restored 1.5 miles of oyster reef just offshore. The reef traps sediment behind it, helping to build new land and dampen the force of incoming waves. “It’s a slow process,” says Landry. “But it’s a process that’s working.”—words by Kelsey Simpkin, photo by Rick Dunlap . #birds #birdsofinstagram #climatechange #protectpreserve #lovenature

1 week ago

Patrick Assumpção carries bananas through reforested land in the Mantiqueira mountain region of Brazil. These trees are part of a much larger plan to reforest nearly 3 million acres of land and to take 280 million tons of carbon dioxide out of the air over 3 decades. TNC Brazil is working here to support agroforestry systems, which mix native trees with other species for the production of wood, food, and seeds. These trees can feed communities, protect water sources, and also absorb carbon dioxide, making reforestation a key climate change mitigation tool. - Photo by @felipe.fittipaldi #brazil #reforestation #climate #trees #carbon

1 week ago

Where blue meets green: mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes all play a part in sequestering “blue carbon” (carbon captured in coastal ecosystems). If this carbon isn’t released into the atmosphere, then it cannot contribute to rising global temperatures. Protecting, managing, and restoring these carbon sinks is one way that TNC is working to tackle climate change across continents.

1 week ago

Wildfires are worsening, storms are strengthening, and our planet's average temperature is rising. The effects of climate change are here, but we still have the ability to change the outcome of this unfolding story. For the next week, follow along as we introduce you to the people and programs that are harnessing the power of nature to meet the challenges of climate change and how these actions can contribute to big changes. Photos by @stuartpalley of wildfires in California from the 2017 fire season. #gcas2018

2 weeks ago

Rebecah Delp and fellow scientists hang staghorn coral on nursery trees with several other scientists in the waters of Dry Tortugas National Park. When corals are grown on trees, the fragments have a higher survival rate because they are removed from the path of predators and the waters circulate better around them. This process creates a stronger chance of survival when the corals are eventually outplanted to a restoration site, a process that @natureflorida has been working on in this area for several years. —Photo by @jmadler . #coralon #corals #conservation #scientists #lovenature #protectpreserve

3 weeks ago

Reef squid swim in front of a coral nursery tree managed by @natureflorida that contains growing staghorn coral fragments. Fun fact about the reef squid: they can fly! Biologists have witnessed this species leap out of the water as high as 2 meters and fly for as long as 10 meters (50x its body length) before dropping back into the water. Reef squid are just one of many fish and plants who rely on healthy coral reefs. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida.—Photo by @jmadler . #coralon #corals #coralnursery #squid #swim #sealife

3 weeks ago

Coral can be seen under the waters surrounding Fort Jefferson on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park. Dry Tortugas is part of the world's 3rd largest barrier reef system--the Florida Reef Tract. This reef system is home to over 40 different species of coral and over 500 species of fish. —Photo by @jmadler , . #coralon #florida #drytortugas #nationalparks #coralreefs #ocean

3 weeks ago

This week we're sharing @jmadler 's photos from Dry Tortugas National Park, where @natureflorida and other groups are outplanting staghorn coral fragments to improve the health of the reef systems. Coral reefs are a critical habitat for marine life and help to protect our shorelines, but are currently threatened around the world by warming waters, pollution, disease, and a variety of other causes. On this trip, the team outplanted over 1,000 coral fragments. 💪 . Here, scientist Rebecah Delp searches for "fragments of opportunity" (FOO) on Pulaski Shoal. FOO are defined as corals found in places or situations in which they are unlikely to survive on their own (typically in a sandy patch). Staghorn coral fragments will later be planted on blocks in coral nurseries. . #coralon #oceans #corals #saveouroceans #loveourplanet #conservation