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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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By Grace Klinger, Science Communications Fellow at Shedd Aquarium Worldwide, the seafood industry represents $362 billion in first sale value for the global economy and accounts for roughly 59.6 million jobs. Given its economic value, it is important to keep a close eye on the way the seafood industry is managed to ensure it is…

Changing Planet, Wildlife

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On Wednesday, Sept. 26, National Geographic Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist Jonathan Baillie testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at a hearing titled Cleaning Up the Oceans: How to Reduce the Impact of Man-Made Trash on the Environment, Wildlife, and Human Health? Jonathan was joined by Cal Dooley, president and chief executive officer of the……

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Virtual reality (VR) has proven to be a powerfully immersive medium with the capacity to take its viewer anywhere and at any time solely through the use of a VR headset. The National Geographic Society has invested in VR and other cutting edge technologies in order to build on its established legacy of using photography to transport people around the……

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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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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…

Changing Planet

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Building upon 12 years of collaboration, Google and the National Geographic Society today announced the launch of a major new partnership that will address the myriad threats impacting the Earth at this critical juncture in ways only the two organizations can. Over the next two years and beyond, Google and the National Geographic Society will work together to leverage the……

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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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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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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…

Changing Planet

By Kyaw Thinn Latt “It used to be quite easy to catch enough fish to feed my family and for me to sell the surplus in the market,” laments Mr. Than Zaw Htay, a coastal fisher in the Kyeintali area of Myanmar, “but these days it is harder and harder to catch enough.” This situation…

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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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