Nature's Confluence: Navigating the turbulence of conservation What do we mean by that? In part we mean that society, as a by-product of living our happy, resource consuming lives, place nature in turbulent waters. We all worry that there will be little of nature left for future generations, and they will be too far removed from it to care. We have each chosen natural sciences as a career in which we hope to make a difference in protecting nature for future generations. Hence, we speak to issues where we can make a difference in our daily lives. We also mean to challenge the nature of conservation science, conventional conservation thinking, the conventional way of doing science. We view conservation science as being at a crossroads. As a scientific community, we are guilty of diligently demonstrating that human actions of all sorts have adverse impacts on nature. Not exactly a news flash. We also recognize that the incessant pointing out of problems, without offering solutions, is just plain annoying to people. We believe that seeking solutions often means re-thinking a problem. We mean to stimulate this re-thinking. Finally, we are in this business because we love nature. Nature has an immense and amazing repository of cool and interesting stories. We try and tell ones with which we are familiar. We are striving to convey these stories at the confluence of science, nonscience and nonsense.