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NFC: Fw: Nature ConservancyNature News, October 2000


Welcome to Nature News -our monthly peek into the 
state of the planet. Learn what lands, waters, 
plants and animals The Nature Conservancy is 
working to save and where to find more information. 
For general information about The Nature Conservancy, 
please visit our Web site: http://www.tnc.org. 
Please also note that The Nature Conservancy is 
currently redesigning its Web site, and a new and 
improved version of http://www.tnc.org will be 
online in December.


1. Bunchgrass Prairie Saved 
2. Spinning a Web-The Nature Conservancy's New Web Site
3. The Tortoise and the Snare
4. Idaho River and Ranchland Protected 
5. A Thousand Words
6. Fast Fact- Freshwater Fish 


1. Bunchgrass Prairie Saved

The Conservancy's Oregon Chapter recently saved 42 
square miles of North America's largest remaining 
expanse of bunchgrass prairie with its purchase of the
Zumwalt Prairie Preserve. Nesting hawks and eagles 
take flight here in remarkable numbers, and the 
preserve is also home to elk, bighorn sheep, the 
endangered Snake River steelhead, and rare plants.

To learn more about the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, 
please visit:


2. Spinning a Web -The Nature Conservancy's New Web site

In early December, The Nature Conservancy will rocket 
into cyberspace with a redesigned Website. The new 
site will launch on December 1, and be more 
inter-active and user-oriented for our visitors. 
Please stay tuned and check out our new site in 
December at www.tnc.org.

Check out  the new site in December at:

3. The Tortoise and the Snare

A bird-like beak and a marbled shell make the 
hawksbill turtle a striking animal. Unfortunately, 
the shell also makes them prey to humans whose uses 
for it include food and jewelry. Hawksbill turtles 
are further threatened by fishing and development, 
which harms their favorite nesting grounds. For 
these reasons, the turtles are among the most 
endangered animals and The Nature Conservancy's 
is working to protect them around the world.

To learn more, or to learn about other 
International conservation efforts, please visit:

4. Idaho River and Ranchland Protected

At the Ball Creek Ranch in northern Idaho, a moose 
shambles up to the Kootenai River, stopping for a 
drink as he migrates down from the mountains. Nearby, 
waterfowl wade. A grizzly bear fishes down-river, 
hoping to catch one of the trout that flourish here. 
The Nature Conservancy's recent acquisition of the 
2600-acre ranch will help ensure that these timeless 
rituals will continue. 

To learn more, or to learn about the Idaho Chapter, 
please visit:

5. A Thousand Words

The stark landscape of the Bolivian altiplano. Costa 
Rican palm trees. Bighorn sheep in Yellowstone Park. 
These are just a few examples of the winners of The 
Nature Conservancy's monthly photo contest. The 
contest is open to all, and winning submissions 
are posted online.

For a look at past submissions, or for more 
information on how to enter, please visit:

6. Fast Fact- Freshwater Fish
More than one-third of America's freshwater fish 
species are either extinct or at risk of extinction. 
The Nature Conservancy's initiatives, such as those 
in the works for Ball Creek Ranch, are working to 
reverse this decline. 


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