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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Slippery Ann's Amazing Bugling Elk

Slippery Ann's Amazing Bugling Elk

Montana’s Missouri River Country. Big sky country. Every autumn, in some of the most unspoiled wild nature left in North America, the Rocky Mountain elk begin to call. Their beautiful, eerie, and amazing sound can be heard wafting through the trees and across the grasslands. It signals the females, warns rivals and announces their amorous intentions. This is annual rut and the best time for wildlife photographers to get images of the males in full rack and the females in top health. The Slippery Ann Viewing Area at the Charles M. Russel Wildlife Refuge Complex in Montana is the perfect place to bring the family to experience bugling elk.

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How to Photograph the Soul of the Forest, Safely

How to Photograph the Soul of the Forest, Safely

Wildlife photographer Scott Dere,travels to Kabetogama State Forest in Minnesota to photograph black bears in the wild. Scott reveals his secrets for getting the shot, including what lens to use, when to use a tripod, and why a gimbal is necessary. Tips on bear safety, too.

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How To Get Great Wildlife Photographs in the Forest

How To Get Great Wildlife Photographs in the Forest

How to get great photographs of wildlife when the subjects are in the forest, hidden by lush foliage and bathed in diffused light? Nature photographer Robert Wallace shares his secrets for getting shots of black bear, Manitoban elk, and more in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park spanning North Carolina and Tennessee. Good tips for staying safe in black bear country too.

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How a (Former) Wildlife Trafficker & A Biologist Are Saving a Species

How a (Former) Wildlife Trafficker & A Biologist Are Saving a Species

When a young biologist meets some of the best hyacinth macaw traffickers in Brazil's Cerrado it is a wildlife conservation win for the animals, birds, habitat, and humans too! This is what real responsible wildlife tourism can do. The comfortable SouthWild Wolf camps are owned and run by local people with help from Dr. Charles A. Munn lll, a conservation visionary.   

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See the Last Asiatic Lions in the World, The Lions of Gir!

See the Last Asiatic Lions in the World, The Lions of Gir!

The last wild Asiatic lions in the world are found only in the Gir National Park, (Gir National Forest). Here, protected and cherished by the local herders who live with them, they are slowly coming back from the brink of extinction. Our reader, Hiren Khambhayta has a passion, and a photographer's eye. for these magnificent big cats. Note: This Park was one of the first to employ a team of women to protect the endangered wildlife.

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