USGS: New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Change across America

USGS: New Land Cover Maps Depict 15 Years of Change across America. “Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the U.S. – the most comprehensive land cover database that the USGS has ever produced. The NLCD 2016 documents land cover change in the Lower 48 states from 2001 to 2016. During this 15-year period, 7.6 percent of the conterminous U.S. changed land cover at least once.”

Huffington Post: Bureau Of Land Management Scrubs Stewardship Language From News Releases

Huffington Post: Bureau Of Land Management Scrubs Stewardship Language From News Releases . “The Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that oversees more than 245 million acres of public land, has stripped its conservation-focused mission statement from agency news releases.”

CNET: Google Doodle goes to new heights (and depths) to celebrate Earth Day

CNET: Google Doodle goes to new heights (and depths) to celebrate Earth Day. “Google’s Monday Doodle features an animated slideshow exploring six different endangered organisms from different Earth elevations, some of which have only recently been discovered by humans. The Doodle also includes fun facts about the organisms and offers the curious the chance to learn more about them in search.”

FStoppers: New Instagram Account That’s Shaming The Folks Who Treat Public Lands Like Crap

FStoppers: New Instagram Account That’s Shaming The Folks Who Treat Public Lands Like Crap. “How many of you have ever been to a national park or hiking trail only to find people disregarding the rules and trails all in pursuit of an ever better selfie or photo for Instagram? Then check out this Instagram account that’s getting traction right now for calling out those very people and their bad behavior.”

Cornell University: Scientists propose bird conservation plan based on eBird data

Cornell University: Scientists propose bird conservation plan based on eBird data. “An international team of scientists used eBird, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s global citizen science database, to calculate how to sufficiently conserve habitat across the Western Hemisphere for all the habitats these birds use throughout their annual cycle of breeding, migration and overwintering. The study provides planners with guidance on the locations and amounts of land that must be conserved for 30% of the global populations for each of 117 bird species that migrate to the Neotropics (Central and South America, the Caribbean and southern North America).”

The Conversation: How Google images helped us pin down the diet of Africa’s largest eagle

The Conversation: How Google images helped us pin down the diet of Africa’s largest eagle. “As martial eagles are beautiful, people love to take photographs of them and post these online. We realised that hundreds of photographers, amateurs to professionals, have been collecting data. To help answer some conservation questions we tapped into this resource of photographs taken at multiple locations across the continent over many years.”

Forbes: The Entrepreneur Who Is Using Video Games And Cryptocurrency To Protect Biodiversity

Forbes: The Entrepreneur Who Is Using Video Games And Cryptocurrency To Protect Biodiversity. “A free app, QuestaGame has captured the imaginations of children and adults alike. Players take photos of flora and fauna with the app on their phones. They earn points for sightings and the rarity of their location and season and gain special powers as they climb to higher levels.”