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The Butcher Bird – Life, Death and Fast Food on the Plains

Heading into the seventh month of a year-round citizen science program on American Prairie Reserve, I’m able to witness the hidden treasures of the ecosystem in ways I’d never imagined. Thanks to volunteers from around the world, we’re able to capture, document and share what’s happening at a level of detail that we can’t do…

Celebrating 50 Years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™

People are fascinated by scarce plants, fungi and animals, and have been documenting the rarity of species for a long time. Following the “gold rush” of the enlightenment era, when taxonomists and collectors were racing to discover new species in exotic and undescribed corners of the world, science settled down to not just discover species,…

April 13, 2014: Cutting Cake with Jane Goodall, Saving Sparrows with Photography and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 - Dr. Jane Goodall pioneered studies that sought to understand…

Could Mockingjays From “The Hunger Games” Exist One Day?

Besides fire, the overwhelming symbol of this weekend’s blockbuster movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is of a steel-colored, mohawked bird with a pointed, hummingbird-like bill who trills melodiously. Mockingjays are described as a cross between mockingbirds and “jabberjays,” a species developed by the Panem government to imitate human speech and spy on the rebels.…

Who Are You Calling a Bird Brain?

Thinking power in large-brained crows and smaller-brained grackles: does brain size make a difference? Experience life in the field with me as I seek to find out!

Best Rare-Bird Pictures of 2012 Named

In an international competition, photographers competed to capture pictures of the world’s rarest birds.

Photographers document endemic species of Tompotika, Sulawesi

Tompotika, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia An international team of photographers gathered on the island of Sulawesi for a Tripods in the Mud  photographic expedition in partnership with the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation / Aliansi Konservasi Tompotika (AlTo).  Joining the effort were ILCP Fellows Sandesh Kadur (India), and Kevin Schafer (USA), joined by Riza Marlon, a well-known Indonesian…