9 Great Reasons to Love a Turtle Volunteer Holiday in Baja

9 Great Reasons to Love a Turtle Volunteer Holiday in Baja

Sea turtles have staked out some of the most beautiful places on earth as their habitat, volunteering with sea turtles brings you there. Perhaps the ancients were right, this is a wise species: no freezing polar regions for them. You will find sea turtles where the breeze is soft, and the sand and sun are warm. Sea turtles choose the planet’s most amazing places to rest, feed and nest. That means to help them you too must travel there. One of those amazing places is Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sea turtle volunteer tourism holidays are perfect for families, kids to teens love it. But turtle tourism is perfect for the solo travel too, or small groups of like-minded friends.

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From Snowy Owls to Bears, 2018 Was a Good Year for Wildlife Adventure

From Snowy Owls to Bears, 2018 Was a Good Year for Wildlife Adventure

We covered a lot of ground in 2018. For snowy owls an irruption year meant some once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Black bears seemed to be everywhere we visited: Minnesota, Wyoming and even an hour from New York City. We found grizzlies in our camera lens too. Amos Nachoum took us to the Arctic to photograph Polar bears under water and then on to great white sharks and beluga whales. We saw eagles and osprey, warblers and hummingbirds and a treehouse in the rainforest and so much more. Yes, 2018 was a good year wildlife viewing!

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Rescue for the City Weary, Treehouses in the Rainforest

Rescue for the City Weary, Treehouses in the Rainforest

Here, In the last rainforest in the United States, legend says that Yuquiyú, the Taino people’s ancient god of light and life, walked among the trees and cloud covered peaks of the El Yunque forest in Puerto Rico. Today, only a short flight from New York, the Yuquiyú, garden and treehouses are an oasis for city-weary couples and solo travelers.

There are just four comfortable artisan-crafted treehouses situated high among the palms here. Each one sleeps one or two guests only. There are never more than 8 guests on the entire property at one time. Ylang-ylang perfumes the air. Three words describe Yuquiyú: Serenity, Beauty, Renewal.

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Rescued in New York, Snowy Owl is Free to Soar

Rescued in New York, Snowy Owl is Free to Soar

When the emaciated and dying young snowy owl was found by a good samaritan and his dog, the North County Animal Rescue knew just what to do. But what happens after rehabilitation? Disappearing habitat and climate change are taking their toll on the world’s remaining snowy owl population. The Friends of the Washington County Grasslands, IBA are working to change that.

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Amos Nachoum Wins Sienna International Photography Contest

Amos Nachoum Wins Sienna International Photography Contest

Wildlife and underwater photographer, Amos Nachoun is winner of the a 2018 Sienna International Photography Contest. Photographers from 156 countries competed with over 48,000 images. Amos took the coveted first prize in the wildlife category for his astounding image of a leopard seal and gentoo penguin. Photographed in the freezing waters of Antarctica, the image is entitled: Facing Reality.

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4 Wildlife Saving Organizations That You Should Know About

4 Wildlife Saving Organizations That You Should Know About

All over the world, small organizations and an army of dedicated people work on the front lines of wildlife conservation. The African continent is home to The Virunga Alliance, the Marine Megafauna Foundation, The Cheetah Conservation Fund, The PAMS Foundation and more. These dedicated, passionate men and women do much of conservation’s heavy, sometimes dangerous, lifting. Human/Wildlife coexistence is a major part of all their programs. There are no corner offices, no formal galas for these folk. Many are unpaid volunteers. They live for their animals - and sometimes they die for them.

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In the Footsteps of the Conquistador. Driving the Coronado Scenic Trail Byway, Arizona

In the Footsteps of the Conquistador. Driving the Coronado Scenic Trail Byway, Arizona

Legend has it that this is the route Francisco Vasquez de Coronado travelled in 1540 when looking for the fabled seven “Golden Cities of Cibola,” There were no golden cities. Instead Coronado mapped a treasure of wildlife, nature, and unequaled scenic vistas. This 116-mile (187km) 2-lane road is a rollercoaster ride through the desert high country of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest including the last Designated Primitive Forest in the US Forestry system: The Blue Range Primitive Area. This is a nature photographer’s dream road trip.

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Warning, You Can Only See These Birds In Puerto Rico

Warning, You Can Only See These Birds In Puerto Rico

Kissed by both the Atlantic Ocean and by the Caribbean Sea, it is the beaches on the island’s 300 miles of beautiful coastline that usually bring visitors. But Puerto Rico is more than sunbathing and mega-resorts. Puerto Rico has 17 endemic bird species, eighteen if you count the Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola) about whom debate rages. Plus another 330+ species migrants, introductions, and accidentals. This is a birder's paradise. Hurricane Maria made a mess of Puerto Rico in 2017, flattening the vegetation as well as the buildings. But nature is amazing. The rainforest and wildlife are rebounding in miraculous ways.

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Saving Sea Turtles with SEE Turtles

Saving Sea Turtles with SEE Turtles

Six of 7 species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered, of the 7th no one knows enough to say. Brad Nahill, co-founder and director of SEE Turtles is working to protect sea turtles through community involvement and volunteer tourism. His aim is to help 1 Billion Baby Turtles reach the sea. He also created the Too Rare to Wear campaign to stop Hawksbill turtle poaching for jewelry and souvenirs.

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