Four for the 4th! Celebrating National Parks We Love

Four for the 4th! Celebrating National Parks We Love

The United States is a country with mind bending diversity. The number of different wildlife (432 mammals), and birds, (800) species alone are staggering. Our more than 320 million individuals, speak over 350 languages and we are spread out over a land comprised of 7 different biomes: Tundra, taiga, tropical rainforest, temperate rainforest, grasslands, desert and alpine. And beginning with president Abraham Lincoln, we the people have been smart and savvy enough to preserve amazing examples of some of those biomes, our natural heritage. As documentarian Ken Burns so aptly opined, the National Parks may be “America’s best idea.” Explore 4 of our favorites, Yellowstone with Grand Teton National Parks, Big Cyprus National Preserve, The Charles M. Russell National Park, and El Yunque National Forest in Puerto, Rico.

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11 Reasons Why Sea Turtles are Super Heroes

11 Reasons Why Sea Turtles are Super Heroes

Sea Turtles are Super Heroes! These ancient marine animals are responsible for protecting everything from little fish to sea grass beds to coral reefs and the sand dunes that help to keep storm surge from washing our beaches and houses, away. Without sea turtles quietly doing their work, we humans could be in a lot of trouble. The trouble is sea turtle populations are shrinking. Here are 11 amazing facts about sea turtles you probably didn’t know, and a few reasons why you should care.

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Exposed! The Wild Heart of Vibrant Calgary.

Exposed! The Wild Heart of Vibrant Calgary.

When people visit big cities, wildlife is not usually on their “must-see” list, except, of course, if that city happens to be Calgary, Alberta. With over 8,000 hectars (19,768 acres) of preserved parkland sporting 905km (562 miles) of pathways to explore inside the city limits, Calgary, known for its old-west vibe (the annual Stampede is famous) and a vibrant cultural and restaurant scene, is proud of her natural spaces and considers them one of its top lifestyle features. Here, 1.3 million humans and abundant wildlife, including the coyotes, have found a way to thrive together. Whether you are a birdwatcher or favor the four legged residents, or just want enjoy nature’s peace, Calgary is for you. Wildlife photographer, Derek Foldeak takes us on a tour of three favorite wild places in his city’s heart.    

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In Memorandum, Jim Fowler

In Memorandum, Jim Fowler

On May 19th, we celebrated the life of Jim Fowler, one of the world’s most influential conservationists, at the Explorers Club, where he served many posts, including Honorary Chair and Honorary President.

Hordes of pajamaed kids, myself included, first “met” Jim Fowler on Wild Kingdom on Sunday night (1963-1988). For the vast majority of us, that half-hour every week was our first introduction to exotic animals in world’s we had never imagined. (Some of us also sneaked peaks while our parents watched his many visits to the Johnny Carson show. Don’t tell!) Decades later, untold numbers of us, inspired by Jim’s passion and humor, carry on his legacy working to protect and conserve and maybe, introduce a few more people to the wonders our amazing planet and wildlife, Leading the fight is Jim Fowler’s son, avid conservationist, Mark Fowler.

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The Best Place on Earth to See Monarch Butterflies

The Best Place on Earth to See Monarch Butterflies

A high mountain forest outside of Mexico City, Mexico is the site of one of the most amazing and beautiful migrations on earth, monarch butterflies. Each year millions of the orange and black butterflies find their way to the fir trees of Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) It will take 5 or more butterfly generations to complete one round-trip journey from their summer to their winter homes and back. Not a single butterfly will have a moment of previous experience. How is it possible? Team member Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven made the journey find out.

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Migrants in Central Park, The Warblers Are Coming!

Migrants in Central Park, The Warblers Are Coming!

Spring is the time for migrants in Central Park. Tiny wood warblers, many of them Threatened or Endangered species, come by the hundreds migrating from their winter homes in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America. They follow the ancient route we moderns now call the Atlantic Flyway. Central Park is a vital resting area for these migrating warblers and others, earning its designation as an Audubon IBA or Important Bird Area. Simultaneously, birdwatchers, wildlife photographers, and nature lovers from around the world also arrive in Manhattan. In early May, the Park becomes a month-long party of enthusiastic birders from casual observers to international experts, trading tips, sightings, and stories. Join the fun.

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Inspired By Orphans, The Passionate Art of Saving Primates

Inspired By Orphans, The Passionate Art of Saving Primates

Ape Action Africa in Cameroon is a sanctuary for rescued primates. Some have been rescued from the illegal pet trade, many from a fate as bushmeat still others were too young and small to be of value as either and were left to die in the bush were their mothers and sometimes families were killed.

Two of these infant primates, first a lowland gorilla and later a mustached guenon, were brought to tApe Action Africa, their arrival changed the life trajectory of two amazing women. Meet Rachel Hogan, director of Ape Action Africa and Robin Huffman, fine artist.

Sometimes it takes a whole world to create a village - or a sanctuary.

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9 Great Books on Wolves, REVISED

9 Great Books on Wolves, REVISED

Our 2019 revised list of the 9 greatest books on wolves from first person accounts of surprise encounters the science, history, and the political temperatures driving wolf conservation plus the definitive reference book on the wolf species by the acknowledged leading expert in the field. Also included wolf books for kids and teens, and a beautiful wolf photography book for your coffee table.

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My Search for the Best Places for Grizzly Bears

My Search for the Best Places for Grizzly Bears

Where can you find grizzly bears in North America? Wildlife photographer, Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven, better known as Vango Photos takes us on a tour of the best places to find the big, brown bears. Starting in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Jorn gives us tips on the best places to see and photograph the bears inside the Parks, as well as some of the challenges the species is facing. This is the first in a multi-part series.

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Beware the Bold, Bad Birds of the African Bush

Beware the Bold, Bad Birds of the African Bush

You have to be clever and tough to share your home with lions, leopards, elephants and jackals. That is especially true if you are bird. Meet the bold, bad birds of South Africa. These birds’ diversity of color, shapes, sizes – and outrageous behaviors is astounding. From acrobatic eagles to snake-stomping raptors, to the fabulous fishers, these are the bad-ass birds of subsaharan Africa! I asked our friend, naturalist Marc Cronje, a bird and wildlife field guide specialist, to name a few of his favorites – and of course, I want to know their secrets!

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