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#okavango14: Over Africa’s Wetland Wilderness

Africa’s newly-minted UNESCO World Heritage Site, Botswana’s Okavango Delta, from the air and from space… This emerald green oasis buzzes with life during the summer months when grand thunderstorms sweep across the delta…

A Tahitian Welcome for the Worldwide Voyage

The Worldwide Voyage received a colorful and memorable welcome to Tahiti, which Hōkūle‘a crew member Ana Yawaramai writes about from her own perspective.

Dogs Get Jealous, Too

Jealousy in canines probably evolved to protect important social bonds in the pack, according to a new paper.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #71

Woodpeckers, nutcrackers, flycatchers, sunbirds, roadrunners and babblers in this 71st Edition! Astonishing what can be achieved with a bit of patience, care and a passion for birds. Wild birds have become the subject of choice for thousands of photographers around the world. They extremely hard to photograph. You need the best equipment you have access to…

Return of a Native: Reflections on the 38th Voyage of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan, July 11, 2014

By Patricia Paladines and Carl Safina The first whale was spotted at around 11am. We approached it with the quiet stealth afforded by a light wind in our sails. To the best of our knowledge the animal could not imagine or have any concern that a wooden whale-hunting ship was nearing its magnificent, enormous body.…

Science on the Edge of the World: Tales From Madagascar’s Sakalava Menabe

Cara Brook is a disease ecologist from the Andrew Dobson Lab at Princeton, studying diseases that can leap from bats to humans. Her work is well underway, and it involves a lot more than just tagging and indexing bats.

Worldwide Voyage Photos From Tautira: One Ocean, One Family

The Worldwide Voyage is about more than just traditional knowledge or sailing the Pacific in canoes. Through this voyage, many peoples are connected, and awareness for the Earth’s incredible oceans is brought into sharp focus.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #70

Wow! The 70th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” demonstrates just how far we have come. This can only be described as an astonishing collection of wild bird photographs. 1750 amazing photographs of birds living free and wild published so far. We are looking for new ways to deliver all…

Why Oceans Are Critical to the Economy

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and others gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Our Ocean conference, Enric Sala sits down with Andrea Mitchell to explain why the ocean is more than just pretty fish.

88-Year-Old Samburu Woman Sees a Dentist for the First Time

For some, taking care of their teeth is simply a case of heading over to the local dentist for a check-up, a bit of discomfort and to perhaps endure a filling, if necessary.  For others it’s not so easy. There are parts of Africa where people will go their entire lives without even seeing a dentist,…

Should Species Be Paid Royalties?

Perhaps one of the most interesting ways that people use species is to support our own actions, beliefs, and loyalties. Some of the most recognizable mascots and brands in the world are based on the qualities associated with a species or, more often than not, the actual species itself. Our cultures are filled with businesses,…

Inside Europe’s Mystical Sufi Lodges, Part IV: Albania

In Macedonia, the Bektashis face many challenges, but they fight to keep their doors open to those who are willing to share ideas and hospitality. National Geographic Young Explorers Grantee Mehves Lelic reports in words and photos—this time in Albania itself!

Why the World Cup Is About More Than Soccer

Explorer and peacemaker Aziz Abu Sarah finds the intense passions at soccer’s greatest tournament unite people from all countries and cultures for love of the game.

Q&A: Inside the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Brazil

Conservation biologist Juliana Machado Ferriera talks about her work to halt illegal wildlife trade in Brazil, which affects nearly 40 million animals each year.

Local Leaders Restoring Fishing Economy and Ocean Health

By: Michael Bell, Oceans Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in California The best way to protect our oceans is by empowering local communities and fishermen that have the most to gain from sustainable fisheries.  The Nature Conservancy and its partners have tested this theory by partnering with local fishing communities to take charge of the waters…