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Sounds and Sights of a Midday Oasis on the Rim of Africa

Take a break under the oak trees on the Rim of Africa Mountain Trail with an interactive panorama and audio recording.

Animal Pharm: What Can We Learn From Nature’s Self-Medicators?

Self-medicating animals use plants and other surprising materials to improve not only their own health, but the health of their offspring.

October 6, 2013: Throwing Axes Like a Lumberjack, Wolves Feeding Grizzlies, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, we row through a quickly thawing Northwest Passage, then we throw axes with a champion lumberjack, and finally, we snap pictures with National Geographic’s head of photography.

10 Ways National Geographic Has Changed the World

National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary issue is out on newsstands this month. As we take a look back at our legacy so far, here are just a few of the ways that National Geographic has changed the world.

The Sad Ballad of Menes, the Egyptian #Spyduck

Menes wasn’t a spy, and neither was he a duck. Thanks to a combination of xenophobic paranoia and spotty Arabic-to-English translation, this one-year-old White Stork was unfairly painted as both and clapped into jail.

Days later he was exonerated, released, and eaten.

Remembering Two Field Biology Pioneers

Twenty years ago this month, the conservation community and the world suffered a tragic loss when a small plane flying out of the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador crashed into a cloud-covered mountain.

Ducks Learn to Surf for Food (Video)

By Allie Wilkinson There’s a new type of surfer on California‘s beaches: Mallard ducks are catching waves to get crabs, a new study says. Rather than avoiding water that washes up the beach like other foraging shorebirds, the mallards allow themselves to be lifted by the water and deposited down the beach. (Also see “Inside the Curl:…

Burrowing Owl Chicks Will Steal Your Heart (and maybe your camera)

American Prairie Reserve is home to hundreds of species of birds, including the charismatic burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) that makes its seasonal home in the Reserve’s growing prairie dog towns. Weighing in at 5 ounces and only 9 inches tall, adult burrowing owls are surprising attention-grabbers owing to their unique ground-dwelling lifestyle, striking yellow eyes and…

Peacock Surprise: What Females Like in a Male

What do female peahens see when they watch a peacock fan his tail? Hint: It’s not his dazzling blue-green feathers.

Studying white-tailed tropicbirds in the Bahamas

Shedd Aquarium has been involved with conservation, education and research projects in the Bahamas for more than 20 years. These projects rely on volunteer and student participation. Every spring, Chicago area college students have a unique opportunity to participate in Shedd’s Marine and Island Ecology course offered through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area…

June 16, 2013: Underwater Cave Diving, Seeking a Man-Eating Catfish, and More

As National Geographic’s annual Explorer’s Symposium came to an end, NG Weekend revisits some of our favorite adventures from the previous classes of Emerging Explorers. In the coming weeks and months, we will introduce the 2013 class of Emerging Explorers on the show. Here are some of our favorites from over the years…

Top 10 Headlines Today: Our New Body Part, Harmful Birdsong Apps…

The top 10 stories on our radar today: Researchers have identified a previously unknown layer in human eyes, mobile phone apps that mimic birdsongs may harm birds, and…

Flocking to Fallon

I’m no twitcher, and before last weekend the closest I’d ever come to the world of birding was watching the surprising blockbuster The Big Year. But that all changed when I plunged into the 16th Annual Spring Wing’s Festival. The event draws thousands of birders from all over the globe to Fallon, Nevada, a small…

A Day in the Lush Mobile Delta

  By Mark J. Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation One recent Monday, I got to spend the day doing something outside, not in a conference room, not in my office, just out in one of North America’s great natural wonders. My day began at 7, when the executive director of the Mobile Botanical Gardens, Bill…

Pictures: 6 Ridiculously Tiny Creatures

A newfound fairyfly that’s 0.01 of a inch joins a crew of the world’s smallest, including a bumblebee bat and a mouse lemur.