Science is Beautiful

For more than 65 years, The Nature Conservancy has been guided by science to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends. Today, science gives us hope to develop and improve solutions for a better future. Scroll through this slideshow to see how science is beautiful.

Science is beautiful!

Believe what you see, science works!

Piping plover populations

Efforts are under way to bolster the population of piping plovers in the Great Lakes by protecting key nesting sites in Michigan and Wisconsin. Officials aim to increase the piping plover from fifty pairs to one hundred fifty by 2020. Learn more here.

Healthy Michigan forests

Forestry tools such as Key Ecological Attribute (KEAs) and Climate-Informed Metrics (CIMs) help Conservancy practitioners and partners plan, implement management activities and measure the diversity, health and resiliency of our forests. While KEAs measure the relative health of a timber stand, CIMs measure climate sensitivity. Read more here.

Lake herring

The Conservancy and partners are working to see if inland lake herring populations within the Lake Michigan basin are indistinguishable from Lake Michigan populations. If no significant genetic differences are identified, they could be used for Great Lakes stocking efforts.

Erie Marsh Preserve

A multi-phase restoration project at our Erie Marsh Preserve near the Ohio border will reconnect 250 acres of fish spawning habitat back to the Great Lakes for the first time in 60 years. A new hydrologic system will be able to move 12,000 gallons of water per minute to manage water levels. Watch a video about restoring Erie Marsh.

Working with agriculture

Precision agriculture uses science and technology to reduce excessive fertilizer and sediment from reaching drainage ditches, local waterways, and ultimately, the Great Lakes. The Conservancy is sharing knowledge with farmers, crop advisors and agribusiness leaders across the Midwest.

Mapping the spread

Maps are so cool! Get lost in the science behind cartography that uses visual displays to explain geospatial differences. See our series of maps showing the spread of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes.

Grand River Fen Preserve

The fringed gentian (Gentianopsis crinite) grows in moist prairies, like those found at our Grand River Fen Preserve. Careful restoration and management of habitat like the globally rare fen where this plant grows involves scientific data collection and analysis. Watch a video to take a deeper look at this amazing preserve.

How we work

Science provides us with knowledge to keep our lands and waters healthy while inspiring us by showing a path towards more practical solutions. Effective conservation requires robust science that can be tested with partners in the field and on the water. Learn more about how we work.

Enjoy the beauty of science.

Our roving stewardship crew steps back to appreciate the end of a long day’s work restoring wildlife habitat using data and knowledge. Science is everywhere, and it is beautiful.


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