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Expedition Diaries: The Monteverde Cloud Forest

This post is the first of Kike Calvo’s visual diary as a National Geographic Expert on the Lindblad Costa Rica-Panama Expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. As we advance through a non-paved road uphill, the Costa Rican landscape starts to paint my pupils—we are heading to Monteverde. Before boarding the National Geographic Sea Lion, we will…

February 2, 2014: Walking from Siberia to Australia, Prepping Putin’s $51 Billion Bash and More

This week, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they walk from Siberia to Australia, celebrate Putin’s $51 billion Olympic bash, get to the historic bottom of Groundhog Day, cycle 11,000 miles from Norway to South Africa, spend 200 days in a year deep inside of caves, dodge the bubonic plague in Madagascar, and search for the last of Africa’s glaciers.

Striking Picture: Bats Hunt Frogs by Detecting Water Ripples

Male rain forest frogs sing love songs that create water ripples—and attract bat predators, a new study says.

Enemies With Benefits: How Parasitic Ants Protect Their Hosts

What might be the best-titled research paper of the year comes to us courtesy of researchers at the University of Copenhagen, an investigation entitled “Chemically armed mercenary ants protect fungus-farming societies.” Have you got your popcorn ready? It’s a tale of three species. We begin with a fungus-growing ant called Sericomyrmex amabilis found in the tropical…

Barro Colorado, Island of Magic Diversity in the Middle of Panama Canal

National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler shares pictures and thoughts about the marvelous diversity of Barro Colorado, a tropical island sanctuary in the middle of one of the world’s most famous and busy waterways. The award-winning photographer has updated “A Magic Web,” a large-format picture book about the island and its thousands of species.

Flying Panama’s Underdogs

How do GPS units, cameras and chance encounters on the streets of Bozeman Montana help indigenous people trying to protect their land in Panama?

Endangered sloths in Central Park?

Things are changing for a motley crew of pint-sized slowpokes on a previously undisturbed island ten miles off the coast of Panama. But scientists are utilizing an “environmental air force” to slow the tide.

Sailfish Crittercam Success!

Hoping for billfish, the team catches a sailfish, but in this situation, anglers can’t be choosers. Get the play-by-play.

Finding a Billfish for Crittercam

Before you can attach a Crittercam camera to a marlin, you’ve got to catch the fish. Researcher Sam Friedrichs shows how its done.

Welcome to Panama. Love, Blue Marlin.

The Crittercam expedition to Panama kicked off with blue marlin release as we made our way to Tropic Star Lodge.

Filming the Seas’ Greatest Catch With Crittercam

Follow researchers to Panama where they’ll use Crittercam to help unlock the secret lives of marlin before it’s too late.

“Do You Like to Breathe?”

Back on the Ethereal our lunch and dinner conversations revolve around the importance of marine systems to keep the planet functioning and humans breathing. How do we change perception of the ocean wildlife as resource made for human consumption, to the realization that life in the ocean is all part of a complex system, sequestering…

Photo Gallery Mission Blue Panama

DeepSee Dive on Hannibal Banks

It’s almost impossible to plan an trip like this. Factors of weather, mechanics, and physical logistics are the enemy of scheduling. Today we are about two hours behind on scuba diving, and plans for a sub interview with Hector Guzman from STRI are scrapped due to rough seas, allowing me some unscheduled time to write.…

Will a UN Climate-Change Solution Help Kuna Yala?

Faced with sea level rising, one indigenous community weighs a plan to mitigate climate change. In northeast Panama’s lush tropical forests, a sovereign indigenous comarca is raising the same question that delegates at the Cancún climate conference are raising about a plan for avoided deforestation: how is REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) supposed…