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By Dr. Jonathan Baillie, National Geographic Society executive vice president and chief scientist In the natural world, love can sometimes be hard to find, especially when your options are uniquely limited. For Romeo, a Sehuencas water frog, it appeared he did not have any options. Collected from the wild in 2008, Romeo was thought to…

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Spring has begun in the Northern Hemisphere which means that birds are in their breeding plumage and flowers are beginning to bloom. In the Southern Hemisphere autumn is underway and some bird species will begin migrating to warmer areas. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of  birds in flowers and leaves, your…

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In nature there are many types of interactions; mutualism where both organisms benefit, competition where both organisms may be negatively affected, commensalism where one benefits and the other is not affected, competition where each organism is affected negatively, and predation/parasitism/herbivory where one species benefits and the other is negatively affected. Thanks to all the photographers…

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Birds as a group have great variety which makes for wonderful photographs. They are characterised by feathers, lightweight bones, and laying hard-shelled eggs. As a group they are very diverse appearing in varying shapes, sizes, and colours, and are distributed worldwide. Thanks to all the photographers that submitted bird photos, your pictures can create awareness…

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Raptors are carnivorous birds that are physically and behaviourally adapted to hunt their particular prey which ranges from fish, to lizards and snakes, to small mammals and birds. The adaptations this group of birds use include hooked bills, excellent binocular vision, strong muscles, and sharp talons, all of which make killing their prey easier. Thanks…

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It was the year when the Serengeti National Park’s music, or at least one section in its chorus-of-the-wild, died. In 1991, the twitters and whines of African wild dogs went strangely silent in Tanzania’s iconic protected area. Scientists began tracking wild dogs, also called painted wolves, here in 1964. Over the next quarter-century, researchers watched…

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Feathers vary widely in their shape and size and are one of the defining characteristics of birds. Feathers perform many functions for birds which include flight in most species, thermoregulation, waterproofing in marine species, and communication and camouflage via their colour. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of bird feathers, your pictures…

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Forests are very productive ecosystems accounting for a third of the Earth’s primary productivity. This productivity, and their many layers from forest floor to canopy, make them a great habitat for many bird species across the globe. Worldwide however anthropogenic factors such as logging, introduced invasive species, and land conversion for agriculture, have reduced the…

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