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Large, Strange Fish at the “Last Wild Island”

After six weeks of searching for this rapidly vanishing species, it was cause for underwater celebration to finally lay eyes on sizable schools of the largest parrotfish species in the world.

Africa’s Vultures Are Collapsing to Extinction

After millions of years of being beneficial to humans and our ancestors, these mighty scavengers are now falling prey to human vices.

Wings, Water, Wind, and Hope in Hawaii

Because the Hawaiian islands were created by volcanoes, all life had to arrive there either by water, wind, or wings. After many negative effects, can humans help preserve some of this delicate ecology?

Biking With Fresh Air, the Open Road, and an Awful Lot of Roadkill

Julie Hotz is biking from L.A. to Montana, then hiking to the Pacific Coast, recording every bit of roadkill she sees. It’s important information, and it doesn’t come free.

Flood Carries River Monsters Onto the Land

The Texas floods provided an unusual reminder that our buildings and byways are a very recent arrival to this ancient landscape.

Voices From Across Bosnia’s Boundary Line

While most of Sarajevo is in Bosnia’s Muslim and Croat territory, a suburb known as East Sarajevo falls just across the boundary in the Serb region. See what the people on both sides of the border have to say.

Capuchin Monkey Soap Opera in Costa Rica

After 25 years in the field, anthropologist Susan Perry is still shocked by the sex, violence, and politics that rule the capuchin monkey world of Costa Rica.

Think Fast: What Bird Is This?

Artist and science illustrator Jane Kim is painting all 241 modern bird families on a giant mural at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Learn how she captures details that make each species unique.

The Birth of Biodiversity

If you’ve been reading the news this week, you know that we’ve just been starkly reminded that the Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction – a biodiversity crisis like nothing it has experienced in 65 million years. Yet while species disappear at an unprecedented rate, new species are also being born all…

Surprisingly Healthy Teeth Write a New Chapter in Ancient History

How did these ancient Peruvian commoners stay just as healthy as the ruling class? And what can we learn from them?

Have Some Eco-Heroism With Your Climbing Adventure

Individually, my small water samples won’t clean up the oceans. But pitching in and raising awareness can spread just as quickly and widely as the microplastics we’re trying to understand.

The Skeletons of Olmos, Part IV: Soccer Club—1, Archaeologists—0

When you’re in Peru, you’re out of luck … if a soccer team shows up with reservations for your hotel room.

Phantom Predators: In Search of Lynx and Wolverines

As adventurers head to the Uinta Mountains for excitement, they’re also bringing along tools of research to study some of North America’s most mysterious apex predators.

Taking the Worldwide Voyage Underwater in Australia

The Great Barrier Reef spans more than 1,400 miles and is considered one of the best-preserved marine sites on Earth. Naturally, we needed to see this for ourselves. We needed to take the voyage underwater.

Tagging a Fish With a Sword for a Face

This isn’t your granddaddy’s day on the lake. Marine biologist Sam Friederichs fights 500­-pound fish—but not for the reason you’d think.