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Reserva Monte Mojino: Conservation on the Slopes of the Sierra Madre

A cactus flower blooming next to a lush fig tree, a desert tortoise resting beneath an elegant trogon perched in a mesquite: I first encountered these strange bedfellows when I visited the forest near Alamos in Sonora, Mexico, during the summer monsoon. It is here, along the slopes of the Sierra Madre Occidental, that one…

Borders, Walls, and the Future of Wildlife in a World of Barriers

There have always been natural obstacles to the movement of plants and animals: climate, mountain ranges, oceans, but the pace of change with these obstructions offers a chance to adapt and therefore often ignites the flames of natural diversity. Human-wrought barriers however, whether they are suburban roads or international border walls, tend to have the opposite effect: they are sudden, defy nature’s logic and though some species may see benefits, the overall impact erodes biological diversity.

The Heroes’ Journey: El Manglito Fishermen Restore Clams and Scallops to La Paz Bay

The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. This blog entry spotlights some of the exciting work our grantees are doing with support from the LEX-NG Fund. It often takes a hero to…

Sound and the sea

New technology allows scientists to explore, study, and monitor noise in changing marine environments, and the growing field of marine bioacoustics is providing insight into the ways animals perceive their surroundings.

Southern Resident killer whale population is running out of salmon, running out of time

The Pacific Northwest’s Southern Resident killer whale population is running out of food…and that’s spelling disaster for these vulnerable creatures.

Prioritizing Ocean Issues…What’s Your Vote?

Mission Blue is dedicated to putting threats to ocean health on policy agendas. Now is the time to act to protect the natural systems that sustain us! Hope Spots, Earth’s most vital marine ecosystems, face a barrage of threats that can be prevented by effective policy. Will you help us select which ocean issue to…

Building home and friendship in Africa

Safina Center Kalpana Launchpad Fellow Kate Thompson sends her dispatches from the field in Tanzania back home to New York.

Visiting the Magical Mountain Home of a Giant Ocean Wanderer

For years I’ve dreamed of visiting “Gonydale,” a remote valley reached after a three-hour trek across rivers, beneath towering pinnacle cliffs and through thick lush ferns. It is a lost world and home to some of the last of the Tristan albatross.

Securing a Bold, Blue, and Prosperous Future for Our Ocean

The ocean is powerful, but not invincible. It is rich, but not inexhaustible.

National seafood rule could prevent marine mammal deaths…if it’s not revoked

Co-authored by Erica Cirino When fishers dip their nets, trawls, traps and hooks into the sea they often catch a lot more than the seafood they intended: All types of sea creatures, mostly fish but also marine mammals, are caught and killed in fishers’ gear. By some estimates, up to forty percent of what is…

Into the Heart of the Jungle: Tracking the Black Panthers of Malaysia

Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody dared to cross his path; for he was as cunning as [the golden jackal] Tabaqui, as bold as the wild buffalo, and as reckless as the wounded elephant. But he had a voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree, and a skin softer than dawn. —Rudyard Kipling,…

Working With the Power of the Ocean

Gough Island in the south Atlantic is hard to reach, hard to land on, and the winds are so strong that they whip completely around the island—so there was no way the team was going to pass up that adventure.

Dodging Disney: Bahamians Seek Science to Save the Egg Island Hope Spot

By: Shilpi Chhotray, Mission Blue Communications Strategist “Tourists from around the world come to see an untouched Bahamas. Meanwhile, the government says that cultivating high-volume, high-impact deals with cruise lines will bring local jobs. In reality few locals are hired to staff the cruise lines’ “private islands” and these fantasy terraforming projects naturally conflict with…

Dive into an “Underwater Kaleidoscope” of Unbelievable Beauty

“For me, diving in Cortes Bank is like diving into an underwater kaleidoscope.” Join National Geographic underwater photographer Brian Skerry in the vibrant waters of Cortes Bank and prepare for a sensory overload.

‘The Remotest Island,’ the Warmest Welcome!

Expedition leader Paul Rose has been wanting to reach Tristan da Cunha since he was 10 years old. As a new expedition brings him there at last, he already feels part of the family.