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Historical Sign of Chesapeake Winter, the Canvasback, Still Brightens the Bay

“They came back,” says biologist Donald Webster. “This year.” His voice has a wistful note, wondering if the king of ducks, as the beautiful, crimson-headed canvasback is known, will return to rule Chesapeake Bay again next winter. In parka, gloves and hat, Webster, waterfowl coordinator for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), raises his…

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The Revival of Zakouma National Park’s Elephant Population: Interview with Rian Labuschagne

Zakouma National Park in Chad is one the last remaining intact Sudano-Sahelian ecosystems in Africa. During the mid-2000s, Chad experienced civil unrest and conflict with Sudan; rampant poaching had decimated Zakouma’s elephant population, which had once roamed free in herds of a thousand strong.  Seeking refuge from fighting, elephants would herd in Zakouma park, where…

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Top 25 Wild Raptors

Wild Bird Trust presents the Top 25 Wild Raptors. Raptors are some of the most awe-inspiring birds. They are strong and agile with excellent eyesight, making them highly adept hunters. This week we feature raptors from all over the globe, from the tiny Falconet of south-east Asia to the mighty Martial Eagle of Africa. The…

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Regional Grid Operators Weigh in on Resilience

Regional grid operators filed comments on efforts to enhance the resilience of the bulk power system in a proceeding initiated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) after rejecting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry to subsidize coal and nuclear power plants. The comments by the nation’s federally overseen regional transmission…

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Coastal Jaguars

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Photographs by iLCP Fellow Sebastian Kennerknecht/Panthera Text by Betsy Painter Along the borders of Tortuguero beach in Costa Rica, sturdy tree trunks guard the…

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Tracking Black Rhino on Foot in Community-Owned Sera Rhino Sanctuary, Northern Kenya

A wind was blowing from the west, sending dust devils spinning across northern Kenya’s plains as our guide, Sammy Lemiruni, explained how to track black rhino on foot. We were in Samburu-land en route to Sera Rhino Sanctuary, which became the first sanctuary in East Africa to offer a pioneering rhino-tracking safaris to tourists in…

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How Leopards Serve Their Human Neighbors in Mumbai, India

A new study in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment shows leopards, the world’s most widespread but persecuted big cat, may be helping local residents in Mumbai by reducing dog bites and rabies risk. Lead author Alex Braczkowski explores his time in Mumbai working with Steve Winter on a National Geographic Magazine story, and the leopard which inspired this research. …

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Insight into Kyrgyz identity through hats, hijabs, and other types of head-coverings

This past week in Kyrgyzstan, two holidays were celebrated: Ak Kalpak Day and International Women’s Day. How are these two holidays connected? Well, they’re not, but both got me thinking about the role head-coverings play in how both men and women in Kyrgyzstan express their cultural and religious identities. Kyrgyz culture is one that wears…

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