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  • Sustainable co-existence with wildfire recognizes ecological benefits, human needs When wildfire and people intersect, it is often in the wildland-urban interface, a geography where homes, roads and trails intermix with fire-prone vegetation. In an article published Thursday in the journal Nature, U.S. Forest Service scientist Sarah McCaffrey and her colleagues advocate for an approach to wildfire management that reflects ecological science as well as research on the human dimensions of wildfire and fire management.

  • Wild for Life, a rehabilitation center for birds of prey, houses animals like Rufous the screech owl, who was brought to the facility after being struck by a car in October 2003. He now lives at the center as an "animal ambassador," traveling to schools and presentations discussing how humans can help prevent animal injury / Hayley Benton
    Taming the Wild: Urbanization pits humans against animals "We got a call from a lady in Horse Shoe; it was a Sunday morning", remembers Mary Beth Bryman, co-founder of Wild for Life. "There was a Canada goose in her bedroom."

  • One of six red squirrels sits inside a cage at the Phoenix Zoo as part of a 10-year pilot breeding program / Phoenix Zoo
    Mount Graham red squirrel counted in conservation effort Counting how many endangered Mount Graham red squirrels remain in southeastern Arizona is based on piles of pine cone scales, known as middens, which the creatures leave to store green cones and other food for winter. Because the squirrels do not hibernate, middens are essential.

  • A storm passes over the Bob Marshall Wilderness as seen from the highway marker pullout near Ovando / Missoulian
    Federal land managers draft plan confronting climate change Climate change trends in the Pacific Northwest already point to where snowpack levels, fish survival and wildfire frequency are headed. But how snow, fish and wildfire might combine to affect lakeside picnicking is a work in progress.

  • Rincon Middle School students  butterflies in a class as part of a curriculum being developed to meet new science standards
    Escondido students getting bugs out of new science lessons Some Escondido middle school students are putting down their books and uncovering rocks this semester as they help create new lessons that could be used as a model for teaching science.

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