By the Numbers: 35 million pounds

The commercial blue crab harvest recorded during the 2014 season

Despite continued demand, the commercial harvest of blue crabs has dropped by two-thirds over the last two and a half decades, and factors like water quality, habitat quality and overwintering mortality could be to blame. (Photo: Tonya Lane Rucker/Flickr)

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By the Numbers: 35 million pounds

Bald eagle tagging in New York State

The state's reintroduction efforts were key to the species' comeback

The bald eagle may be a common sight today, but just a few decades ago toxic pollutants working their way up the food chain had the species toeing the line of extinction.

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Bald eagle tagging in New York State

Cultivating sustainability in the hills of West Virginia

Fourth-generation farm links heritage with stewardship

At Butler Farms in Inwood, West Virginia, father and son duo Bill and Todd Butler have transformed their beef cattle farm, apple orchard and hunting preserve into a leader in conservation practices.

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Cultivating sustainability in the hills of West Virginia

390-year-old bonsai tree to be honored

Tree was first cultivated in 1625

The Japanese white pine is one of about 150 trees featured in an exhibit at the arboretum's National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, one of the largest bonsai and penjing collections in North America.

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390-year-old bonsai tree to be honored

Testing the waters of Otsego Lake

Tour SUNY Oneonta's Biological Field Station

Alongside the shores of Otsego Lake sits the Biological Field Station, a laboratory that serves the State University of New York College at Oneonta, where researchers work year-round to study and preserve the lake.

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Testing the waters of Otsego Lake

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