Rising from the Ashes

The eruption of Mount St. Helens 25 years ago this month was no surprise. But the speedy return of wildlife to the area is astonishing


Rapture of the Deep

Pennekamp State Park—the nation's first coral-reef santcuary—protects a thriving ecosystem beneath the waves


Invasion of the Snakeheads

The voracious "Frankenfish" has turned up in the Potomac River, Lake Michigan and a California lake, sparking fears of an ecological Armageddon

Trumpeter Swan, John James Audubon, 1838.

John James Audubon: America's Rare Bird

The foreign-born frontiersman became one of the 19th century's greatest wildlife artists and a hero of the ecology movement

Tidal wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay


Smithsonian scientists' study of the Chesapeake may benefit a wider world


Net Gains

A California biologist discovered a new insect species and then caught evolution in the act


Prince of Tides

Before "ecology" became a buzzword, John Steinbeck preached that man is related to the whole thing


Hunting Slime Molds

They're not animals and they're not plants, and biologists want to know a lot more about them.


Uncovering the Secrets of Forest Canopies


New Light on Diversity

Holes in the canopy mean opportunity for new trees, but only if they are already waiting in the wings

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