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So You Want to Fly an FPV Racing Mini Quadcopter?

  This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on using drones, UAVs and remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels. Chances are that over the last few months you have come across the increasingly popular…

Winter in the Subantarctic: A Short Film

In 2013 the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration funded our expedition to Subantarctic Antipodes Island. Winter in the Subantarctic is a short film (2015) recorded on that expedition.

See Highlights From Hawai‘i Volcanoes BioBlitz, Discover Next Year’s Location

[This text is from an official press release.] HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (May 20, 2015)—After two intensive days of exploration and documentation, the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz held on May 15 and 16, 2015, captured a vivid snapshot of the unique plant and animal biodiversity in the park. The event brought together more…

ELEPHANT CONSERVATION OUTSIDE THE BOX

First Installment   In December, 1991, my boyfriend and I decided to spend a year traveling in Africa in between graduate degrees. But after being seduced by Africa, we never left. And from there, boyfriend became husband, and elephants the subject of my scientific career. While working for the Namibian government in the Caprivi region…

A First Impression of Montserrat, from Below the Surface

Dispatch from the field, by Waitt Institute Science Manager Andy Estep: If you’re a geology nerd like me, hearing of Montserrat makes you think “the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, precariously perched on the Lesser Antilles Volcanic Arc along the eastern subduction zone of the Caribbean plate.” The incredible volcanology that has been forming and shaping…

Shedd partners to keep species SAFE

Shedd Aquarium has been a safe haven for endangered species for more than 40 years. From the earliest days of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, Shedd – along with local partners the Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo and Lincoln Park Zoo — have made a commitment to conserve threatened and endangered species within our…

The Lost Deaf Men (and Women) of Cambodia

The men (and occasionally, a woman) show up at the entrance of Deaf Development Programme, standing uncertainly by the corrugated steel gate, downcast eyes on their feet, as the person who brought them to DDP speaks to the elderly guard at the painted wooden desk just inside. They are often picked up from the streets, mostly by the riverside, by a good Samaritan who then bundles them into a tuk-tuk to bring them to DDP.

Cyrano of the Jungle

With a giant colorful beak and riotous ways, the great hornbill is a great spectacle.

Mapping Nepal’s Devastation using a Drone

This post is the latest in the Drones and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Special Series, which profiles interesting information, thoughts and research into using  drones, UAVs or remotely piloted vehicles for journalism and photography, that Kike learns about during his travels.   Using aerial footage taken by Kishor Rana with a drone that was not intended for mapping, Matthew Schroyer of the Professional…

Cross a Kangaroo, Koala, Sloth, Monkey, and Bear and This Is What You Get

“When you’re a kid and you think of a very magical place, this is it,” says National Geographic grantee Lisa Dabek.

Predator Free New Zealand: Conservation Country

New Zealand was one of the last places on earth to be colonised by humans, just over 1000 years ago. Ever since, New Zealand has lived the legacy of these impacts.

Shedd Aquarium Participates in Pioneering Research on Caribbean Coral

Thanks to the pioneering research of Shedd Aquarium’s Dr. Tse-Lynn Loh, we now know that Caribbean coral reefs need an angel(fish). While the dangers to Caribbean reefs are widely known, Dr. Loh’s research, led by Dr. Joseph Pawlik of UNC Wilmington, focused on a largely ignored threat to coral populations: sponges. By studying heavily fished…

From Laws on Paper to Enforcement on the Water: Sustainable Ocean Management Gets Real in Barbuda

Co-authored by Andy Estep, Science Manager of the Waitt Institute For the first time in the history of Barbuda, law enforcement agents from four agencies gathered in the Codrington Fisheries Complex to collaborate on the enforcement of ocean laws in the island’s waters. This important step will ensure that the community reaps the benefits of new…

Elephants on the Ground, Bats in the Sky, and Rivers Running Underground

Finding “safe” netting sites is not always easy as we discovered while on the Huab River during our quest to learn more about the desert bats of Namibia.

Wolverine Research Isn’t Pretty

NG Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish tracks down wild wolverines to sniff out what their scat can tell us about them and their world.