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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
Taking great photographs of butterflies is not easy. The small, delicate creatures are constantly moving. So, what lens is best and what ISO? What’s the difference between Macro and Portrait photography? What time of day are butterflies at their most photogenic? And what about flash or speed flash? To get great photographs of butterflies you need patience and a steady hand, a couple of good lenses and the right settings help, too. Destination: Wildlife Team member and wildlife photographer, Robert Wallace shares some tips and secrets he has developed for taking beautiful buttery photography.Read More
Funny how the mind works. When a city person finds herself Africa, sometimes giraffes on the horizon can be mistaken for construction cranes. This is what I saw when a herd of giraffes appeared on a hill top in the middle of Namibia’s Etosha National Park.Read More
I love the New York Wild Film Festival. The films inspire me. I come away from a weekend immersed in stories from all over the world about wildlife and nature and communities and individuals, with hope and excitement - and always new knowledge. This year the stories range from the blue sky, into the depths of the oceans and everywhere in-between. A feeling of empowerment weaves through the line-up this year. From an individual who units his community against the political corruption destroying its land; to students determined to clean a major river, with 1 billion oysters to a young man committed to igniting the next generation of conservationists - by remixing animal sounds (be prepared to want to dance!). And the list goes on. Don’t miss the inspiring and fun New York WILD Film Festival.Read More
Audubon has called New York’s Central Park one of the best places in the United States for birding. During the spring warbler migration this is the place to be. Hundreds of bird watchers gather here to see the warblers, like tiny jewels, resting high in the trees. The endangered cerulean, the sun-shiny yellow warbler, and the gorgeous Blackburnian warbler are a few that I look for as they pass through every spring - but then there are accidentals, like the Kirtlands that arrived suddenly last year! These are some of my favorite wood warblers to see in Central Park and the surrounding areas. They will only be resting here a short while, don’t miss them!Read More
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.Read More