nature_org on

The Nature Conservancy Photos & Videos on Instagram

@nature_org See full size profile   Worldwide conservation organization protecting lands and waters.

7 hours ago

So much beauty in one photo - fitting for #naturephotographyday 💚 . Any guesses on where this is? . . 📸: Charlie Ott

5 days ago

What it is: Staghorn coral attached to a nursery structure. Wondering why it exists and how it works? There’s simply no artificial substitute for live coral, the heart of an intricate ecosystem that spreads far beyond the reef itself and into the open ocean, supporting thousands of fish and other sea life. Using a process called fragmentation, marine scientists can grow multiple new corals from just one piece. Here's the breakdown: . 1. Trim: Four-inch-long pieces of staghorn coral are cut from healthy colonies. . 2. Set: The cuttings are taken to underwater nurseries, where marine scientists attach them to concrete block with epoxy glue or hang them from PVC "trees." (seen here!) . 3. Repeat: As the nursery corals grow and branch, more cuttings can be taken from them, creating many clones of the original collection. . 4. Wait: After six months to a year in the nurseries, the colonies can be planted at degraded reef sites. Pieces of the original colony are kept in the nursery to regrow. . 5. Transplant: Divers hammer long nails into the sea floor and strap the young corals down with zip ties. They will group about 5 to 10 new corals close together to mimic wild coral colonies. . . These efforts are ongoing in the Dry Totugas in Florida. More on how we may be able to replant reefs in our link in bio.Words By: Matt Jenkins, Tribe . 📸: [Tim Calver, Jennifer Adler]

1 week ago

Did you know that the ocean covers 71% of our planet and supports 100% of life on Earth? Scroll through to see just a few ecosystems that depend on a healthy ocean! #WorldOceansDay . . TNC has a plan to preserve and protect ocean areas that are almost 10 times the size of California. How? More about it in our stories. 🌊 . . 📸: Jeff Yonover Carlton Ward Jr.

1 week ago

Say this, three times fast – Raccoons Run Rampant. . . Thanks to purposeful introductions, raccoons are an invasive species in Europe and Japan. Germany has the largest population in Europe — numbering more than 1 million in 2012 — and they’ve spread to all of its neighboring countries. Invasive raccoons cause the usual garbage-stealing mayhem, but they also carry rabies and other diseases. In Japan, scientists estimate that raccoons cause an estimated $300,000 USD worth of damage to agricultural crops every year on just one small offshore island. And in at least one location they even damage historic temples with their claws and abundant poo. Words by: Justine E Hausheer . . Read more about these loveable bandits and 6 other species native to the United States that are invading other countries in our link in bio.

1 week ago

Wave-ing from Maui! 👋🏽🌊 . . June is World Oceans Month – and we want to know- do you live near the coast? What's your favorite view? . . 📸:Bridget Besaw

2 weeks ago

GUESS WHAT DAY IT IS?? ... tag your significant otter and spread a little love today. 💚 . . #WorldOtterDay . . 📸:Kiliii Yuyan

2 weeks ago

TNC Marine Operations Manager Kydd Pollack holds a blacktip shark at Palmyra Atoll in the equatorial Northern Pacific. . . In November 11, 2010, Pollock got a terrifying glimpse of just how wild the animals can be. That day, Pollock accompanied several researchers as they boated to the outskirts of the islands. The scientists hoped to corral a cantankerous Napoleon wrasse they called Big Eddie with a net. Once the group moored their boats, the scientists pursued the fish with scuba gear. Suddenly, a pregnant six-and-a-half-foot gray reef shark appeared—and, to everyone’s alarm, swam straight into the researchers’ net. Pollock, who grew up working on his dad’s charter fishing boat in New Zealand and fishing and diving in the South Pacific’s Cook Islands, has been a big-fish wrangler all his life. While the scientists worked to untangle the shark, Pollock removed his scuba gear and snorkeled above to serve as a safety backup. Once free, the disoriented shark swam straight for another section of the net. . Pollock kicked through the water to pull the net out of the way, and the shark turned away as if she were going to swim off. Then, as he gathered the net in his hands, Pollock looked over his shoulder and saw a terrifying sight. . “She had spun around and was coming at me, mouth wide open,” he says. “I was the only thing in her way.” . The shark closed her jaw over Pollock’s head, grabbing his face mask and skull with her teeth, and began forcing him deeper, violently shaking her head as she went. Then, unexpectedly, the shark backed up, spat him out, made one more glancing blow at his head and disappeared. . . Despite this encounter almost 9 years ago, Pollack's enthusiasm for marine conservation has only increased as he continues to work to protect these creatures. Why? Link in bio for part 2 of this incredible story. . . Words by: Matt Jenkins 📸:Tim Calver

2 weeks ago

Raindrops on Alpine Forget-Me-Not. . . Today, remember those who think outside of themselves and contribute to a better world. Wishing everyone a meaningful and reflective #MemorialDay. 😌 . . 📸: Scott Copeland

3 weeks ago

A Marine Conservation ranger holds a hawksbill turtle egg in hopes to guide it towards the ocean when hatched (swipe to see the little hatchling and a peek into their journey back to the ocean). Have you ever participated in something like this before? . . #WorldTurtleDay 🐢has a special place in our hearts as we celebrate the work being done in the Arnavon Islands for these remarkable species. Through research, TNC found that most nesting turtles spend their entire nesting season within the Arnavons' protected boundaries, and the majority of these turtles return to the Great Barrier Reef to forage in highly protected waters, moving from one sanctuary to another. This highlights the need for an interconnected approach to establishing marine sanctuaries, which can also help to conserve shared resources. . . This initiative to save nesting hawksbill turtles is a window into the future of conservation—one that combines community involvement and pride for local lands, waters, and wildlife with broader conservation goals, scientific research, and emerging technologies. Together, we can secure a brighter future for these majestic creatures. . . Photos by: @timcalver

3 weeks ago

Today is #BiodiversityDay. 🐠🐜🦋🌱 . . Let’s look at just one family of species you probably never knew you needed – that of the dung beetle. These little insects are the sanitation workers of the animal kingdom, always up to their elbows in poo. Yet what they do for the planet is enormously important. In cattle pastures, they’ve been known to bury more than 80 percent of the dung pats. At the same time, they loosen and nourish the soil, improve its ability to hold water, prevent the plants under the cow pies from dying, and keep the fly population down, all of which keep pastures and cattle healthy and growing. They keep air pollution down, as well – researchers have found that some dung beetles reduce the methane emitted by cow pies by 40 percent. . . Scientists are finding that many species of dung beetle are endangered. In Colombian cattle pastures they are slowing their soil-enriching activities because, as tree cover has disappeared, they must avoid dehydration in the relentless sun. . . As their population diminishes, the manure stays above ground and hardens, and the pasture becomes a barren, smelly, GHG-emitting and fly-infested mess. The health of the soil drops, and so does the productive value of the farmland, leaving ranchers looking to convert more forest to rangeland, thereby further diminishing the biodiversity that keeps their land productive and their agricultural GHG emissions from increasing. See a pattern here? . . The decline of biodiversity is an urgent environmental problem facing humanity. Why? Because once a species goes extinct, then it’s game over. There is no going back. And while most people understand that we are losing the world’s tigers, rhinos and elephants, there is something just as disturbing going on among the millions of different types of plants, animals and microorganisms that together make Earth a livable place for us humans. . . . Words by: Ginya Truitt Nakata

3 weeks ago

What's the buzz 🐝 about World Bee Day? Well, for one, did you know that bees have been producing honey for *at least* 150 million years? Un-bee-lievable, right? . . In honor of #WorldBeeDay , we're partnering with @comvitausa this month to keep these essential little guys (and queens) around. From now until May 31, post your favorite bee, honey or flower video or photo. Use #WeCanBEEHeroes in the caption and tell us why these pollinators matter to you. For every use of the hashtag, Comvita will donate $2 up to 10K. . . And - make sure to tune into our stories today for more bee facts! . . 📸: Bridget Besaw

4 weeks ago

An overhead view of zebras in the Phinda Game Reserve, Kwa Zulu-Natai, South Africa. . . Photographer statement: After volunteering in South Africa for months, I couldn't imagine life without the African Bush. Every second there was something new to experience and see. It was magic." . . We love a good magical sight in nature–which is your favorite? ✨ . . 📸: Nadia Sheikh