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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Migratory Birds 2

In the Northern Hemisphere autumn is underway and many birds are making their way back to warmer climates to overwinter in areas with increased prey availability. Many of the bird species that migrate are aerial foragers and waders, migrating between warm areas because their main food source, insects and crustaceans, are more active and abundant…

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The Poisoning of the Amazon

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…

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Senegal, Sri Lanka, and Mexico Stand Up for Overlooked Sharks

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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Upgrading ecosystems and why we should save top predators

Where I work in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, species that have co-evolved over millennia still roam and interact freely together in a protected wilderness.  Gorongosa is among the fortunate, twenty-six years after a devastating civil war and the relentless hunting for meat and ivory and skins tore this ecosystem apart, the Park now brims with…

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Volunteer Divers at Cocos Island National Park Help Collect Data for the Creation of the Cocos – Galapagos Swimway

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. …

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds in Flight

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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Mining the Sun is a Game Changer

By Lynn Scarlett, Co-Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy   Once a practice restricted to environmental activists, recycling has become mainstream. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans recycle or compost more than 34 percent of their waste, or about one and a half pounds of trash per person each day. We…

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When Flood Waters Subside, Termite Troubles Can Rise

By Marlene Cimons As floodwaters brought by Hurricane Florence subside, homeowners, businesses and the government face the long task of cleaning up. But as the crews do their work, there is a little-talked-about danger in the aftermath of severe storms like this one — Formosan termites. This invasive species is a plague on homes and structures across the…

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Lost Civilization in the Congo Basin by Mike Fay and Richard Oslisly

When I arrived in extreme northern Congo back in the 80’s, there wasn’t a single road in the vast floodplain of the Congo River, the forest virgin and giant.  This is where the cryptozoologists ventured to find the last dinosaurs, in this place where, they said, humanity had seldom ventured.  Little was known about the…

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week: Birds with Yellow Plumage

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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360˚VR – Encounter with Great White Shark in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

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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