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By: Jacqueline Gerson, Kelsey Lansdale and Melissa Marchese The pitter-patter of rain echoes through our metal boat as we chug down the Madre de Dios River in the Peruvian rainforest. Trees line the riverbanks, just visible through the dense fog and heavy rain, while macaws and capuchin monkeys screech in the background; the Amazon is…

Changing Planet, Human Journey, Wildlife

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By Luke Warwick Today, the Governments of Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Mexico announced they would sponsor proposals to protect some of the worlds most endangered sharks at next year’s CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP). CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. This exciting announcement was made…

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In 2007, I traveled backwards in time. As I dove below the surface of the water at Cocos Island, two giant and curious sea turtles gracefully greeted me.  By the time I reached 30 meters below the surface, I found myself surrounded by hundreds of hammerhead sharks, another ancient species whose ancestors outlived the dinosaurs. …

Shark Week 2018, Wildlife

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Bird flight has sparked many people’s imaginations throughout history; inspiring artwork, and aircraft design. Thanks to special adaptations such as feathers, and hollow wing bones, most bird species are capable of flight. Due to the varying sizes and shapes of birds there are different styles of flying. Flapping is common but energy intensive, this flight…

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Bird plumage assists birds with more than just flight; colour is often used as a signal of quality, and readiness to mate in the breeding season. Yellow feathers get their colour from carotenoid pigments which birds obtain by eating plants, or by eating organisms that eat plants. Interestingly; carotenoids will also produce red feathers when…

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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. Photos and story by iLCP Senior Fellow Keith Ellenbogen. Keith Ellenbogen was awarded a Hollings Ocean Awareness Award from the National Marine…

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. What makes the occasion so remarkable is the coming together of hundreds of people from around the globe who study and care about the world’s Boreal Forests.  The event, called the “Cool Forests at Risk” conference, will encompass four days of intense learning, listening and collaboration related to the world’s largest intact forest areas…

Changing Planet, Human Journey, Wildlife

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Gamebirds are a diverse group and include both waterfowl and landfowl, their diversity extends to the wide range of habitats that they occupy; from lowland deserts to tropical rainforests, on all continents except Antarctica. These birds can be sustainably harvested making them appealing for human use as a food source or for recreation, either by…

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By Safina Center Staff One commercial fishing company is cruising off the shores of New York, taking whales’ food. One year ago we reported that small, herring-like fish called menhaden, a major food source for whales, dolphins and large fishes, were making a comeback in New York waters. But then, last year, fisheries managers decided…

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The wonderful colours often observed when birds interact with flowers have inspired many works of art; from a painting style in Chinese history based entirely on this theme, to modern day bird photography. Often the relationship between birds and flowers is mutualistic; birds obtain nesting material and food, and flowering plants are pollinated. Some bird…

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“How can I make the biggest difference for conservation?” Over the past 5 years, I’ve asked a lot of people this question. I was sure someone would have a straightforward answer, even if I didn’t like it. “If it means saving rainforests,” I thought to my naive self, “I’ll spend the rest of my life locked in…

Changing Planet, Wildlife

The beautiful plumage and mating dances of cranes have made these species popular with people across the world. Cranes feature in the mythology of various cultures, for example in Japan, cranes symbolise good fortune and longevity. Despite their popularity, many cranes face an uncertain future. Of the fifteen species of crane in the world, 11…

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