Happy International Biodiversity Day!

To celebrate International Biodiversity Day 2017, we thought to share a medley of conservation content that will (hopefully) bring a smile to your face and remind you of why we will continue being stewards of our planet. Let's begin with a video from Bruce Young, our Director of Species Science, who speaks on his favorite species in less than 1 minute:

Bruce Young speaking on his favorite species. Click to watch video on YouTube










Things to celebrate in biodiversity internationally:

PARAGUAY - Secretaria del Ambiente de Paraguay hosted an event commemorating today under the motto: "Biological Diversity and Sustainable Tourism" today

International Biodiversity Day event in Paraguay












 ARKANSAS - The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission recently closed on a 678.4-acre addition at Falcon Bottoms Natural Area (NA,) located in three counties in the Coastal Plain: Columbia, Lafayette, and Nevada.

Falcon Bottoms Natural Area









VIRGINIA Virginia Natural Heritage Program led Virginia Native Plant Society members on a six day field trip to Southwest Virginia, where they found more than 9 rare species.

Virginia Natural Heritage Program Biologists with VA Native Plant Society









PANAMA - La Asociación Nacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (ANCON,) launches new campaign, "This is Panama," to raise awareness of the environment and its value, with a heartfelt reminder. Watch video here.

Esto es Panama / This is Panama campaign by ANCON








ALABAMA - The Alabama Natural Heritage Program's David Steen, Biologist and Researcher, was interviewed last week by Wisconsin Public Radio on saving a turtle using CPR.  Watch original video here.

David Steen, Ph.D., giving a turtle CPR








PENNSYLVANIA - The Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program is co-hosting EYE Con (Experiencing Your Environment through Conservation) 2017 , a summer science camp to kindle student interest in conservation careers. Read more on Page 12 of their latest newsletter Wild Heritage News.

Campers measure the crayfish population of a stream segment, to note impacts from a beaver dam

Congratulations to:

Colorado Natural Heritage Program's new graduates who helped with rare plant data entry and an endless pile of element occurrence records

One of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program's new college graduates

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