Notes from the Field TNC's Video Series from the Field ©: TNC
Notes from the Field
Notes from the Field TNC's Video Series from the Field © TNC

Land & Water Stories

Notes from the Field

A video series where cutting-edge science meets adorable animals

Welcome to Notes from the Field, a video series straight from our TNC scientists in the field.

Meet some of the amazing species that support the ecosystems we all rely on — they’re also pretty cute! This variety of life is what we call biodiversity. The habitat we protect for these species can sequester carbon at incredible rates, a critical tool in our fight against climate change. 

Frog eating bugs.
California Red-Legged Frog Eats insects that carry disease. © TNC

Say hello to the animals and plants that work behind the scenes to make our lives possible, and find out what The Nature Conservancy is doing to protect them.


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EPISODE 4 & 5: Tracking the Elusive Giant Kangaroo Rat and Blunt Nosed Leopard Lizard

Giant Kangaroo Rat Scientist Scott Butterfield introduces us to the amazing endangered species of Central California's Carrizo Plain, a protected landscape the size of Los Angeles. He's on the trail of the endangered giant kangaroo rat, the plains grapefruit-sized ecosystem engineer.
Blunt Nosed Leopard Lizard Today, Scott is searching for the endangered blunt nosed leopard lizard. This amazing species can jump up to 23 inches, and it has a taste for insects and biologists.

At TNC we often say that nature is our solution, and the giant kangaroo rat is a natural problem-solver.

Senior Scientist at The Nature Conservancy

EPISODE 3: Red-legged Frogs Hop to New Habitat

Red-legged Frogs Hop to New Habitat Stewardship Manager Susan North takes us on an international journey to reintroduce the red-legged frog to its native habitat in Southern California.

The California red-legged frog was once common up and down the West Coast. As the largest native frog in the Western United States, it was even a food source for the 49ers during the California Gold Rush.

Stewardship Manager

Global Land Protection

Be it blunt-nosed lizards or kangaroo rats, we're committed to protecting life on Earth.

Our 2030 Biodiversity Goals

EPISODE 2: A Dating Service for Salmon

A Salmon Dating Service Scientist Jennifer Carah takes us inside a conservation dating service for endangered coho salmon on California’s North Coast.

In some years less than 10 adult coho survive to spawn in the Garcia River. Which makes it really hard to find a mate, especially one who isn’t a sibling or a cousin.

Senior Scientist with The Nature Conservancy

EPISODE 1: Making a Splash in Baja California Sur

Meet Poseidon Fisheries Project Director Frank Hurd takes us out on the water in El Manglito, Baja California Sur with a new fishing tool that's changing the game for people and nature. Meet Poseidon.

In just 24 hours, El Manglito took what is normally a multi-year process that requires fisheries scientists and government funding, and did it with local community members for free.

Fisheries Project Director

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