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Guatemalan Legacy As Told by the Rio Polochic River

Young Explorer Will Meadows is building traditional canoes throughout the world’s ecosystems and indigenous communities, using the vessel as a lens into culture, identity, art, environment, and innovation. —- On my way, WAY, down to Tierra Del Fuego, I made a quick jaunt in Guatemala with Trent Herbst, educator, musher, and paddler from Idaho. You…

2013 Okavango Expedition: Amazing Video Footage From Paradise (Part 2)

“How do you describe this place to people that have never been into the central wilderness of the Okavango Delta? How do you share the overwhelming feeling of alertness and vitality brought on by the realisation that you are surrounded by animals that far more powerful than you are? Faster, stronger, more agile and, of…

2013 Okavango Expedition: Amazing Video Footage From Paradise (Part 1)

We have now crossed the Okavango Delta on dug-out canoes or “mokoros” four times as part of the most in-depth study of the Okavango Delta’s abundant birdlife ever undertaken. This ground-breaking study by the Percy FitzPatrick Institute is establishing the data necessary to use 71 wetland bird species as indicators of significant change in the hydrology,…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #58

Tits, “Jacobins”, king-fishers, kites, skimmers, woodcreepers, oystercatchers, nightjars and flycatchers… Sounds like types of people or utensils used to eat wild foods. These amazing wild bird photographs, the first of 2014, are world-class and represent everything the Wild Bird Trust seeks to protect for future generations – the freedom, beauty and security of birds in…

Road Trip Along the Network of Indigenous Knowledge

Jon Waterhouse heads to Peru to connect indigenous people from cultures around the world, but first, he and his team must make a harrowing journey into the jungle.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #57

Tinkerbirds, cockatoos, hummingbirds, nightjars, lapwings and owlets… Simply amazing! Make it your New Year’s resolution to go to your nearest park, river, stream, mountain or forest to spend time photographing nature. Begin with flowers, mushrooms and scenery, and then progress to the art of wildlife and bird photography. You never know what you are going…

Alberta’s Heritage of Wildlife and Headwaters Up for Grabs

Many important areas would remain un-protected in the Alberta government’s draft Regional Plan, which would establish new Wildland Parks in about 25% of the area. In fact, the government’s proposed parks would cover only a small portion of each species’ vital habitat. Several of the more productive habitats along the upper river valleys and higher tributaries would be excluded from protection.

December 15, 2013: Paddling Through The World’s Biggest Rapids, Swimming in the World’s Coldest Oceans and More

This week, on National Geographic Weekend, host Boyd Matson joins guests as they paddle the world’s biggest rapids, dive in the world’s coldest oceans (at both poles), and walk “Out of Eden,” chasing our early human ancestors to the ends of the Earth.

Dr Karen Ross: Champion of the Okavango Delta!

A childhood spent in Kenya fostered in Karen Ross a love of Africa and a passion for nature. She has a doctorate in wildlife ecology from Edinburgh University and has spent most of her life working in Africa, mainly in the Okavango Delta. Author of Okavango: Jewel of the Kalahari, her book was first published as…

Okavango Expedition 2012: Our First Unassisted Crossing of Okavango Delta…

In June 2012, my brother, marine biologist Chris Boyes, and I embarked on our first-unassisted crossing of the Okavango Delta as part of the 2012 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey. To support our ongoing research my wife, Dr Kirsten Wimberger, joined the expedition in the front dug-out canoe (“mokoro”) with me to lead up all research.…

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #56

Macaws, larks, laughingthrushes, kingfishers, birds-of-paradise, pelicans, parrots and violetears… How can we afford to lose any of them? The greatest threat to birdlife around the world today is the wild-caught bird trade. Millions of birds are being killed by a mix of people that simply do not know any better and catch these wild birds…

“Wings Of Freedom”: Tribute To Nelson Mandela

Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our new, democratic South Africa and force of nature that united a divided country has died. He presented to the world our path to a better future – reconciliation, love and community. “Madiba” passed away peacefully in his home with family just before 9pm last night (5th December 2013),…

Inspired By Nature: Build Up 2012 Expedition…

By December 2011, my brother, marine biologist Chris Boyes, and I were already training for our first unassisted crossing of the Okavango Delta. This was planned for June 2012 as part of the 2012 Okavango Wetland Bird Survey. It was the biggest challenge we had ever faced and the excitement and nerves in the months leading…

Involving Children In Conservation Is Easy!

Leaders and policymakers around the world need to wake up every morning to go to work for the next generation… This is our inalienable responsibility and duty in society, yet we choose to forget this as short-term benefits, ego and greed drive the destruction of our natural environment and marginalise young people around the world.…

Fuel For Thought: Is There Hope For Africa?

While driving up Africa from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Arusha (Tanzania) – over 4,000 kilometres via Botswana, Zambia and Malawi in 5 days – we saw this amazing juxtaposition with a man carrying over 100-pounds of charcoal on his bicycle being passed by a 20-tonne truck carrying gasoline. Both on their way to the nearest market…