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Dust and Dancing to Celebrate Indigenous Australia

Every two years, the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival in Australia brings together people for a spectacle of sights, sounds, and dust.

High Five! Give $5. Save Big Cats.

Don’t leave him hangin’. Share your own high five photo, donate $5, and tag five friends to spread the word that we can help save big cats in the wild!

Losing Paradise: Stories of Adaptation and Displacement Between Kiribati and Fiji

I took this picture last summer, while I was living in a village on Tarawa, the capital island of the tiny Pacific nation of Kiribati. The children are playing and enjoying themselves in the cool water that separates the two villages of Tanaea and Buota, on the northern side of the Tarawa atoll. This island…

Part 1: On the Front Lines in Wet’suwet’en Territory

After a whirlwind trip to New York and Washington D.C. last month to meet the 2015-16 Fulbright-National Geographic Fellows (an impressive group) and publicly present our projects at National Geographic headquarters, I am back in Canada for two more months of production. Since my last post (so long ago!), I’ve been traveling back and forth…

A Modern Kind of Odyssey: the First Assessment of Ocean Plastic Pollution using Drones

The Race for Water Odyssey has so far mapped and collected data from Grape Bay in Bermuda, Porto Pim, Conceição, and Praia do Almoxarife, on the Azores, and most recently Anakena, Ovahe and Tongariki on Easter Island, as well as several beaches on Hawaii (USA), using the senseFly eBee drone. Now find out what happens to the…

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Oshkosh

This year, LightHawk Volunteer Pilot Michael Baum of Los Altos, CA made an interesting stop on his way to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The self-described aviation enthusiast made a special detour to Centennial, Colorado (KAPA) to begin a flight mission donated for LightHawk. Baum touched down on his way to AirVenture, the renowned airshow…

Video Trap Catches Genet Hitching a Ride on Back of Rhinoceros

A genet, a small nocturnal animal that resembles a mix between a cat and a mongoose, was caught in a video trap hitching a ride on the back of a critically endangered black rhino in a South African park. It can be seen hunting insects that might have either been disturbed by the rhino, or attracted to it (like a cattle egret or fork-tailed drong would do during the day). A bat, (another potential source of prey for the genet), is also seen cashing in on the insect bounty. It is still unclear whether the genet is also interested in parasites like ticks on the rhino’s skin.

Protect the Grand Canyons of the Ocean

Hidden below the surface of Alaska’s icy waters lie the world’s largest underwater canyons, both more massive than America’s Grand Canyon. Home to orcas, walrus and fur seals, albatross and kittiwakes, king crab, squid, salmon and coldwater corals, brittle stars and sponges, the continental slope and canyons of the Bering Sea (known as the Bering…

Life with the Ocean: Sharks & Surfers

By now most of us have seen the incredible footage of pro-surfer Mick Fanning fending off what experts are saying was likely a great white shark in the J-Bay Open in South Africa. The video was dramatic, but thankfully Fanning and the shark both escaped the incident unharmed. I love sharks and I love to…

Dumbledores and Bumblebees

It may interest you to know that one of this generation’s most iconic characters, Dumbledore, takes his name from an Old English term for the bumblebee. It’s easy to see why J.K. Rowling could be so inspired, bumblebees never seem incessantly busy like their honey-crazed counterparts and they tend to “bumble” along alighting among  flowers…

Dozens of mayors visited the Pope today – here’s what happened

A Strong Show of Commitment to Papal Agenda on Climate Change & Sustainable Development  Following the launch of the Encyclical Letter on the Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si, and in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21, Pope Francis today convened more than 60 local leaders from around the world…

By Air, By Sub & By Sea to Save Sharks

Ocean conservation and research is being taken to the next level thanks to an innovative collaboration between Turtle Island Restoration Network, Costa Rica’s National System of Protected Areas (SINAC) and the Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area (ACMIC), and the companies Alucia Productions II, Precision Integrated and Aeroval. Together we are taking to the air, the…

Solar Desalination Could be a Game Changer for California Farms

Let’s be clear from the outset: I’m no fan of conventional desalination. The idea of using climate-altering fossil fuels to drive an energy-intensive de-salting process that threatens coastal environments in order to produce drinking water that, in most cases, could be secured more cheaply through conservation and efficiency improvements, simply fails to pass the bar…

How can you eat, eat, eat–and stay healthy? Ask a blind cavefish.

Barbecues and clambakes. Ice cream and berry pies. Summer is the season of food, food and more food. Is there a way to binge and still stay healthy? For answers, look far underground, say scientists, to the denizens of darkness: blind cavefish. Biologists studied blind cavefish, Astyanax mexicanus, living in freshwater pools in deep caves…

Thinking Outside the Box on Fisheries Management? Think Again.

This week, thanks to OpenChannels, I came across an interesting scientific article critiquing a new concept in fisheries management called “balanced harvesting”. Co-authors of the article include prominent fisheries scientists such as Rainer Froese, Daniel Pauly and Sidney Holt. (For those interested, the article is open access.) Until now, I had not heard of “balanced…