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Is Coco’s a Paradise Lost? Costa Rica exports endangered Hammerhead Sharks

Contributions by Courtney Mattison of Mission Blue    Three hundred forty two miles west of mainland Costa Rica lies an oceanic island so spectacular Jacques Cousteau called it the “most beautiful island in the world.” Cascading waterfalls cut through lush foliage, the symphony of a thousand seabirds fill the sky, and the surrounding deep waters host…

Protect Costa Rica’s Hammerhead Sharks from Poachers

  By Shari Sant Plummer with contributions by Courtney Mattison   Three hundred forty two miles west of mainland Costa Rica lies an oceanic island so spectacular Jacques Cousteau called it the “most beautiful island in the world.” Cascading waterfalls cut through lush foliage, the symphony of a thousand seabirds echoes in your ears, and…

The Gladiator Tree Frog

This post is the latest in the series Places, Experiences and Objects to Dream About, which profiles marvelous locations, unique life experiences and objects of interest to modern explorers that Kike discovers during my travels. Ranked as one of the 12 most beautiful national parks in the world by Forbes, Manuel Antonio National Park is dotted with breathtaking white sand beaches…

Galapagos Popular Pit Stop for Pregnant Whale Sharks

By Gloria Dickie, Turtle Island Restoration Network Intern With 13 major islands and over 100 rocky islets, the Galapagos Islands are a dream destination for many adventurous travelers, but their popularity isn’t limited to the scuba diving crowd. A new study co-authored by Turtle Island’s Conservation Science Director Alex Hearn reveals the Galapagos Islands are…

Big Cat Week: Dark Beaches, Big Cats

Tracking jaguars was bound to be hair-raising, but nothing prepared Nikki Mann for the actuality of walking in almost total blackness and being watched by a 200-pound-plus killing machine that had not eaten a fresh turtle kill since last week.

Turtle Ninjas

They often work alone, usually at night, wearing dark clothing. They work long hours for little or no pay, and even less notoriety. They do it for the turtles.

Foodie Bees: Insects Head Downtown for Dinner

Foodies aren’t the only ones these days swarming cities in search of the best eats: Bees also prefer to eat in cities, new research shows.

Private Reserves Support National Parks in Big Cat Conservation

National parks offer large core habitat that is critical for conserving large cats, but national parks alone are not sufficient to sustain a connected and genetically healthy population. Smaller adjacent private reserves improve connectivity and increase habitat extent in areas outside these parks. Sustainable, low-impact ecotourism often incorporates private nature reserves, which can serve to…

Why Butterflies, Bees Drink Crocodile Tears

Moths, butterflies, and bees are known to feed on mammal tears, but the phenomenon remains poorly understood.

March 24, 2014: Big Wave Crashes, Haitian Folk-Tunes, Babysitting Gorillas and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they are held underwater until they blackout and are rescued, put Langston Hughes’ poetry to music, study bats in the living room, grow up with gorillas, survive a deadly Antarctic expedition, remind travelers to represent their nations, refuse to order bluefin tuna sushi, and create stronger laws to protect elephants.

Expedition Diaries: The Monteverde Cloud Forest

This post is the first of Kike Calvo’s visual diary as a National Geographic Expert on the Lindblad Costa Rica-Panama Expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. As we advance through a non-paved road uphill, the Costa Rican landscape starts to paint my pupils—we are heading to Monteverde. Before boarding the National Geographic Sea Lion, we will…

Hummingbirds May Change Their Tunes to Seduce Mates

Male hummingbirds in Costa Rice can change their tunes to attract mates, new research shows.

A Dome for Turtles and More

This week, Armando Ubeda, Mesoamerican Program Manager for LightHawk traveled to Costa Rica as part of an expedition to promote the conservation and governability of the Central American Dome. LightHawk is in Costa Rica supporting this initiative led by MarViva, donating flight to the expedition and helping raise the profile of this effort. The Central…

Poison Frogs Make Their Babies Toxic, Too

Strawberry poison frogs of Costa Rica give their newborn tadpoles a built-in weapon against predators: alkaloids.

Musical Mice Sing to Fend Off Rivals

Singing mice in Central America belt out tunes to tell other males not to mess with them, a new study says.