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Beyond the coin: Answers to your questions about Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, The newest America the Beautiful quarter featuring Block Island National Wildlife Refuge provides a glimpse of the island’s many treasures: a historic lighthouse, a scenic coastline, and one quirky wading bird.

The elfin has landed: How military aircraft helped a rare butterfly,  In 2001, the New Hampshire Army National Guard undertook a major infrastructure project to accommodate new helicopters, and ended up making room for two imperiled species of butterflies as well.

A New American Dream,  After living in a refugee camp in Nepal for 18 years, Chuda Dhaurali found an opportunity to nurture his community and the land as the pilot goat farmer at Pine Island Farm in Vermont.

Driven by instincts and a pickup truck – This five-part series follows an Atlantic salmon on its journey upstream to spawn in a tributary of Lake Champlain driven by its instincts, and a pickup truck. Learn why this species disappeared from the lake in the 19th century, and how it is making a comeback today thanks to scientific collaboration in the basin.

Invasion of the body fluid snatchers – The sea lamprey control effort in the Lake Champlain basin has all the elements of classic science fiction — bodily transformation, bloodsucking parasites, an alien-like invasion, and of course, a bold mission to restore order to the system again.

A cheese that pairs well with dam removal – The removal of the Norton Paper Mill Dam in Colchester, Ct., has opened 17 miles of upstream habitat for migrating fish, and a gateway for people to explore the charms of the small, rural community — fishing, paddling, history, cheese.

Your commute to work: Does a river run through it? –  In the Northeast alone, there are an estimated 210,000 bridges, culverts, and dams spanning 280,000 miles of river — an average of one every 1.3 miles.

It’s back to the future for loons in Massachusetts – One of the nation’s leading authorities on loon conservation is spearheading a project to test out a restoration approach that could help agencies respond more effectively to threats to this vulnerable species.

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