The name “BioBlitz” may conjure images of racing around trying to catch a sight of fauna fleet of foot, but in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, there are wonderful creatures to catch that are moving a good deal slower that you are. Exhibit A: The banana slug (photo by Clay Bolt). I watched one…
Northwest view from Mount Barnabe. (Photo by Andrew Howley) As San Francisco prepares for 300 scientists to study its surrounding plants and animals in #BioBlitz 2014, similarly steep hills to the north catch the late afternoon sun and breathe a bit easier, unburdened by houses, streets, and antique cable cars. Still, the human (and specifically…
While crowds gather in San Francisco for this year’s 24-hour volunteer wildlife species inventory, there are great and easy ways for you and your family to connect with nature wherever you are.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Jason de León is on a mission: Take 30 kids from the Arivaca community in southern Arizona and team them up with National Geographic photographers to tell the story of life on the US/Mexico border.
Join us for out next Google+ Hangout with explorers and a former astronaut as we discover what life is like in space, how it’s made possible, and more.
Living on land, interacting mostly only with mammals, it’s hard for most of us to know what it’s like to encounter up-close the strange creatures that dwell beneath the waves. Join two explorers as they share their stories of underwater adventure and inspiration in our next Google+ Hangout.
Hear what indigenous cultures have to say regarding the health of our rivers, and what we need to do to live in better harmony with our natural surroundings.
With more than 1200 hominin fossils recovered last November, Lee Berger sends out a call for scientists to help study the bones and reveal them to the world.
After weeks of minute-by-minute updates from the field, Lee Berger finally tells the story of his latest hominid discovery from in its entirety.
This three-week mission is now drawing to a close, but the magnitude of the early hominid discovery on the Rising Star Expedition means this story is far from over. See how the saga will continue.
Discover the key features that guide scientists as they work to identify skull pieces recovered on the Rising Star Expedition.
Climbing, squeezing, dragging, and pushing yourself through tiny passages in a cave can take a serious toll on your body. The cavers and scientists of the Rising Star Expedition though are willing to bash and bruise themselves to recover the broken bones of untold numbers of ancient hominids.
After a day off, the team is eager to get back in the cave, and the hominids seem just as eager to get out. The fossil count jumps to 400 and the pop culture references ensue.
Taking a break from the stresses and excitement of the excavation, the team took a day to visit two other sites in the Cradle of Humankind.
With the skull pieces drying and nearly ready to reassemble, hominid skull expert Darryl de Ruiter arrives on site and reveals secrets of the trade.