Nature & Wildlife

Five Wild Sides of Paris

Paris is striving to reconnect its waterways and green zones with the wild world beyond. Here are five great ways to dive into Paris’ wild side, with no transport required other than your own feet and sense of wonder....

Birds That “Hire” Bodyguards

In the Everglades, birds use alligators as bodyguards. Of course, the reptiles' services come with a price. Read about this fascinating, new research....

In Search of Starlight: The Rise of Dark Sky Tourism

While fewer than 200 stars are typically visible to city dwellers, up to 15,000 are on display in the least disturbed night skies. We may have to go in search of starlight, but chasing dark skies is an exhilarating travel adventure....

Art and Nature in New Mexico

I awoke to the “blue mountain” in the distance, framed by wintry cottonwoods, still exuding the presence and power that so captivated O’Keeffe....

Tripping Over Wildlife in Alaska

“In this weather, you’d step on a moose before you’d see one.” Larry Benz was standing with his hands on his hips, squinting out the glass doors of his hand-built cabin at the northern boundary of Chugach National Park, Alaska. The usual, sweeping vista of...

A Sea Turtle Surprise in Costa Rica

Standing on an empty expanse of sand in a tropical downpour at dawn, I witnessed one of nature’s most moving wonders: On Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast, tiny green sea turtle hatchlings were being released to the sea....

An Irresistible Glow: The Hypnosis of Bioluminescence

Their traps were set: Along a dark, dripping wall of stone, silk strands dangled in waiting. The victims, attracted to an irresistible glow, would be caught in the pearls of glue that shone like drops of dew in my flashlight beams....

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