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Neuroscientist Gregory Berns has a closet full of brains in his lab at Emory University.

There are brains from a few species of dolphins. There are coyote brains and a Tasmanian devil brain, which Berns said is sort of the jewel of the collection -- it's the only one in North America, as far as he knows.

He pulls one in a plastic container down off the shelf. 

“This is the brain of a German shepherd who I knew, who was owned by a friend of mine.” He said it's a little sad working with that brain, since he knew the animal.

wild bergamot
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In Atlanta, it’s hard to ignore the mosquitoes and roaches. But there are insects some people would like to see more of: pollinators, like butterflies and bees. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is working with other organizations on the Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership to make the city a better place to live for birds, bats, bees and butterflies.

At Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.
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Sometimes what scientists need to protect a threatened species is a chainsaw, some roofing material and a little bit of creativity. On the Georgia coast, the Department of Natural Resources is channeling MacGyver to help out a big, gawky, bald-headed bird.

It’s a bird that hasn’t always nested in Georgia, but now that it does, scientists are working to protect it.

Wood Storks

Wood storks aren’t exactly conventionally beautiful.


Ansel Adams’ dramatic black-and-white western landscapes made him a household name, and an exhibit at The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, looks at how that came to be.

“Ansel Adams: Before and After” looks Adams' work in the context of 20th century photography by placing his photographs alongside those of his forebears, his contemporaries and those whose later work he influenced.

WABE got the chance to look at Adams’ work through the eyes of someone who was there when much of it was created: the photographer's son, Michael Adams.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

A river that starts in the North Georgia mountains is the first in the country to be named a Native Fish Conservation Area. The Little Tennessee River flows from Rabun County, up into North Carolina and Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“The Little Tennessee River is an incredibly diverse ecosystem,” said Dana Soehn, spokeswoman for the park. “[It] supports about 100 species of fish. Of those, 41 of them are considered rare at either the federal or state level.”