Tyson McLaughlin heads home after rounding up a stray cow on Wallowa County ranch. The Nature Conservancy leases parts of its preserve to nearby ranchers for seasonal grazing. Check out our Instagram stories today for a link to our magazine article on Conservation Cowboys.—Photo by @argonautphoto#ranchers#cattle#conservation#zumwalt#oregon
Marine researchers from The Nature Conservancy study the blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) at 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#sharks#palmyra#nature#conservation
Children from the village of Katumbi play and collect water near Lake Tanganyika. Lake Tanganyika holds nearly one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, Is the world’s second largest lake by volume, Is home to 250 endemic species of fish, and provides 40% of all protein for lakeshore villages. Photo by @amivitale#africa#freshwater#protectpreserve
A bee and a wasp buzz around a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) flower, Mount Porte Crayon in West Virginia. Mount Porte Crayon is a mountain in the Roaring Plains Wilderness of the Monongahela National Forest. —Photo by Kent Mason #bees#wasps#insects#westvirginia#naturephotography
The Samburu warriors bring their cattle to dry river beds where they have dug wells. They sing as they lift the buckets of water from the deep wells and each warrior's cattle knows which well is theirs based on the sound of the songs. ...................................................
The Nature Conservancy in Kenya, strives to build resilient human and natural communities that are better equipped to adapt to an uncertain future which includes drought, economic shocks, and political change. We help strengthen governance, diversify economies, improve natural resource management, and build peace and security. Learn more about what TNC is doing in Kenya on our website. —Photo by @amivitale#kenya#water#wells#protectpreserve
For one day around the full moon, the water at Palabuhan Ratu beach in West Java is laden with small fish. These fish swim ashore trying to find rivers along the beach, while villagers flock to the beach to catch them. It is a festive activity enjoyed by children and old people alike. .............................................................................................
Indonesia’s thousands of miles of coastline represent some of the world’s most crucial marine ecosystems, which support large fisheries and tourism industries that millions of people depend on for their livelihoods, food and way of life. The Nature Conservancy is partnering with governments, local people, and businesses from the grassroots to the highest level to help ensure effective management of these vital marine environments by the people and for the people who rely on them. Photo by Ahmad Fuadi #java#indonesia#fish#ocean#riversPhoto credit: Ahmad Fuadi/TNC
Wildflower along Lower Table Rock trail, Oregon. The Nature Conservancy bought land on Lower Table Rock over thirty years ago, creating our first preserve in the Rogue Valley. The Table Rocks are remnants of lava flows that filled the canyons of an ancient, meandering Rogue River over 7 million years ago. Atop these mesas is a mosaic of grassy mounds, stony flats and vernal, or seasonal, ponds.—Photo by @ben.herndon#oregon#flowers#nature#protectpreserve
Bat emergence at Bracken Cave, San Antonio, Texas. In a joint venture between The Nature Conservancy, Bat Conservation International, and the city of San Antonio, land surrounding Bracken Bat Cave, the largest breeding colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in the world, is acquired and saved from development. Photo by @kaigner#bats#texas#naturephotography
Researchers take a torch-lit night hike at 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#conservation#protectpreserve#ocean#lovenature
Dawn mist on edge of the Rufus River road en route to Carrs, Capitts and Bunberoo (CCB) Creeks system. Australia Murray and Darling River basin have struggled to meet the nation’s demand for water because of diminished rain/snowfall as well has heavy draw from farming. In December 2015, the Conservancy announced a plan to gather at least $25 million AUD to buy water rights in the Murray-Darling Basin. The water could then be sold back to farmers, with a part of the profits going back to investors and furthering conservation in the area. Photo by Andrew Peacock #australia#water#draught#conservation
Thanks for following along during this bison-packed week at Zapata Ranch! At @ranchlands, we see the role of ranching as providing land stewardship in a sustainable and economically viable way, and we’re proud to partner with @nature_org to achieve these goals with our conservation bison herd. #ranchlands@co_nature
“When you live on a piece of land, you develop a relationship with it, and protecting it becomes an emotional decision. Ranchers are naturally positioned to be stewards of the land because our livelihood depends on it—the healthier the land, the better the livestock will do, and the better our business is.” Duke Phillips III of @ranchlands has embraced partnerships with conservation groups such as @nature_org because he recognizes the vital role that ranchers play in preserving our natural ecosystems.—Photo by @madelinejorden@ranchlands@co_nature#ranchlands
The Nature Conservancy partners with @ranchlands because of our common goal in preserving and improving the health of the land and wildlife. Allowing the bison herd to move freely through the Zapata Ranch maintains the ecological balance of the patchy grassland and helps restore the land to its natural state.—Photo by @madelinejorden@nature_org#ranchlands@nature_co
The conservation bison herd at Zapata Ranch includes older animals and the young of the year. A key goal for the ranch is to allow the bison to behave as bison as much as possible. Families are not separated during the year, and some individuals live out their days on the ranch, completing the natural cycle of life. Just once a year these animals are brought into a facility that encourages low stress livestock handling.—Photo by @madelinejorden@ranchlands#ranchlands@co_nature
Migrating sandhill cranes and bison on Zapata Ranch with @greatsanddunesnps in the background.
One of the reasons The Nature Conservancy bought and protected the Zapata Ranch is its significantly diverse ecology. The bison roam as family groups in open meadows, drink from spring fed creeks, traverse sand dunes, and share their home with a multitude of other wildlife including some plant and insect species found nowhere else on earth.—Photo by @madelinejorden@ranchlands@co_nature#ranchlands
@Ranchlands oversees the Zapata Ranch for The Nature Conservancy with the goals of maintaining and enhancing the health of the ecosystem, economic viability and community dynamics. While nature and predators (including humans) naturally kept the bison herds at sustainable numbers in the past, today @ranchlands is responsible for keeping the appropriate number of animals on the land to prevent it from being overstocked while allowing the natural disturbance of grazing. Each year during bison works, we remove an agreed upon number of bison to join other growing conservation or domestic herds in the United States.—Photo by @mdelormephoto#ranchlands@co_nature
Over fourteen years of management, @ranchlands, the Conservancy’s key partner, has learned how to bring the entire bison herd into the facility with a minimal stress level. It will take our team of ranchers, @nature_org staff, and partner scientists five long days from sunup to sundown to bring each animal through. The bison receive their vet care and microchip and are released back to pasture soon after.—Photo by @madelinejorden#ranchlands@co_nature
Perhaps no animal exemplifies the American grasslands as fully as the bison. At one time, as many as 60 million were thought to have roamed the plains, but they were hunted to to less than 1,000 in the span of just a few decades. Today, conservation efforts have increased the total numbers to more than 500,000. While bison are no longer at risk, only a tiny percentage of the animals alive today live wild as their ancestors once did. The @nature_org herd at Zapata Ranch has 50,000 vast acres to roam, so it takes the @ranchlands crew several days to locate them all and move them towards the handling facility for our annual bison works.—Video by @madelinejorden#ranchlands@co_nature
This coming week @ranchlands will take over our account to cover their annual Bison round up! The Nature Conservancy’s Zapata Ranch is home to a conservation herd of 2,000 wild bison which require annual handling in order to maintain range health and bison herd health. One of the main objectives of this year's round up is to increase the breeding bull portion of the herd.
Sunrise at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve with the Crestone Peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background. The Nature Conservancy's Zapata Ranch borders the national park, and is comprised of 103,000 acres of high desert grasslands for cattle and bison herds as well as guest accommodations. —Photo by @erikanortemann@co_nature#ranchlands#bison#colorado#conservation
Stay tuned, this coming week @ranchlands will be taking over our account to cover their annual Bison round up! The Nature Conservancy’s Zapata Ranch is home to a conservation herd of 2,000 wild bison. Once a year the bison are rounded up and vaccinated, pregnancy checked (if female), micro-chipped, and a DNA sample is taken.
Here, bison grazing on the Zapata Ranch with the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background, Colorado USA.—Photo by @nickhallphoto@co_nature#ranchlands#bison#colorado#conservation
Red Torch Ginger (Etlingera Elatior) flower detail at La Amistad International Park. Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Costa Rica, the fog shrouded cloud forests and cascading rivers of La Amistad International Park remain one of the largest, least-disturbed areas in Central America. The Nature Conservancy has helped 17 community groups in La Amistad come together as a network known as Red Ind’gena de Turismo. Through the network, members receive training and resources to develop environmentally friendly economic activities like ecotourism as well as sustainable agricultural practices. Photo by @amivitale#costarica#nature#flowers#puravida
Women gather papayas and bananas near Pot-Kro Village near Rio Bacaja. The Nature Conservancy is enabling compliance with Brazil’s progressive Forest Code while increasing economic opportunity for communities. By working to integrate traditional knowledge with modern approaches to landscape planning, The Nature Conservancy helps communities establish leadership to make better decisions in how their traditional territories will be managed and to have a stronger voice in policy decisions.—Photo by @kevinarnoldphoto#brazil#rainforest#conservation#protectpreserve
The view from The Nature Conservancy's Panther Knob Preserve in West Virginia. Panther Knob Preserve straddles a high elevation plateau at the junction of North Fork Mountain and Ruleman Mountain and includes the 4508-foot summit. The preserve stretches for more than four miles along the ridges.—Photo by Kent Mason #westvirginia#nature#conservation#sunset