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Island Life

The great man Christian Jost has been camping alone on Clipperton Island for the past four nights. Not entirely alone – he’s had about 100,000 masked boobies, 7,000 brown boobies, 500 red – footed boobies, 1,500 frigate birds, 1million crabs, 2,000 rats, the rusting remains of the guano (bird poop) industry, a mysterious algae and bacteria filled lagoon, 900 coconut palms and…

Climate, Movement, and the Spread of Disease

“Diseases track human migrations all throughout history,” says Amy Winter. What will that mean as people move to adapt to the changing climate?

Marshall Islanders Reflect On A Dark Legacy of Nuclear Testing

The Republic of the Marshall Islands have been making ripples in global news lately. Fresh off a strong gathering at COP 21 in Paris, where the Honorable Tony de Brum (ex. Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Marshall Islands) rallied with other global leaders to advocate for more stringent policies for combating climate change, the…

Wildlife Poisoning Continues to Take a Toll on Africa’s Vultures

Wildlife poisoning in Africa continues to decimate vultures.

Best Job Ever: Collecting Bones in Alaska

Imagine if you could go out walking and easily pick up something that hasn’t been touched for hundreds, or even thousands, of years. Conservation paleobiologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Joshua Miller does bone surveys on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to study why critical habitats for caribou and other species have changed over time. Miller says, “Anytime we do a survey, we’re finding scores and scores of bones.”

Play It By Ear and Make Friends With the Fish!

The highly energetic, beautiful reefs of Clipperton are dominated by moray eels. I’ve never seen anything like it. Typically, with most of their long bodies hidden inside holes, you only see their heads and the constantly opening and closing of their mouths displaying a fierce array of teeth. It’s different here – they are constantly…

In a Bubble of Air in the Deep Pacific

Three hours might sound like a long dive, but it goes fast and the ascent into the light and these evocative, most beautiful blue waters comes too soon.

The Light of Dawn (and Smell of Bird Poo) at Clipperton Island

It’s been a fantastic first day here at Clipperton Island: We arrived before dawn and knew that we were getting close to the island because we could smell the thousands of birds from miles away!

Voyage to Clipperton—One of the Most Remote Tropical Islands on Earth

Tonight we start our passage of 540 nautical miles of open Pacific Ocean to reach tiny, uninhabited Clipperton Island. The more that we learn about it, the keener we are to get out there and start exploring this wild place.

Watch: Monarch Butterflies Get Tiny Radio Trackers

National Geographic grantee Martin Wikelski tries to put electronic tags on free-flying monarch butterflies for the first time ever in order to track their remarkable migration.

The Lions’ Song

As Beverly and I sit in the darkness in our camp in Duba in Botswana, we can see a shape out in the tall grass not far away. We know it is a lioness because she settled there at sunset and is now fast asleep, quite comfortable just outside of the glow of our small…

Best Job Ever: Filming a Wild Beluga Whale Party by Drone

Thousands of beluga whales congregate in Canada’s Cunningham Inlet each summer for what National Geographic Young Explorer and nature photographer Nansen Weber calls “a big beluga party.” Using a drone, Weber captures the breathtaking view from above.

What Went Through My Head When I Found Out I Won the 2016 TED Prize

People in some of the most dangerous areas on Earth are risking their lives to protect ancient sites. What if we all could lend a hand?

Saving Rüppell’s Vultures, One Breeding Cliff at a Time

Breeding cliff of critically endangered Rüppell’s Vultures in Kenya is threatened by development

Searching for Micro-Trash in a Wild Western River

Photographer Louise Johns joined volunteers in the field to document what it means to be a part of the ASC Gallatin Microplastics project through the winter.