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Two Days at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

As part of an ongoing project, Erika Zambello is visiting all National Estuarine Research Reserves in the continental United States. Established by NOAA, the sites work together toward long-term research, education and coastal stewardship. Day 1 The Reserve The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) was designated in 1984 and encompasses 1,600 acres of coastal…

Shadow Cat: Canada Lynx Silently Cross U.S. State, National Borders

The forest has eyes. And somewhere in the shadows of a winter dusk that falls across towns in northern New England, they’re watching. The deep green eyes of the Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) have the advantage in the region’s dark spruce-fir, or boreal, forest. They see without being seen. The better to go walkabout in new…

Five Days, 390 Miles, One Planet in Need, and a Whole Lot of Bicycles

Follow the National Geographic bike team at they join #ClimateRide Northeast to raise money and awareness.

Bobcats Prowl Among Us: Haunt Birdfeeders, Brooks, Boulevards

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It’s on the prowl from three hours before sunset until midnight, and again before dawn ‘til three hours after sunrise.  Each night, it moves two to seven miles, mostly on the same route. Along the way it visits, like the humans in whose shadow it lives, known locales.  But its stomping grounds are a hollow…

Watch: Very Rare Calico Lobster Caught in New Hampshire

You could call it a lucky catch: A fisher recently captured an extremely rare “calico” lobster in Maine.

November 17, 2013: Horse-Riding Across Asia, Roadtripping America With a Canine Copilot and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson, as we ride 6,000 miles across Central Asia, collect chicken feces to protect bees from wasps, cycle across Iceland, ponder the moose’s plight, and drive to every state with a canine copilot.

Removal of Veazie Dam Begins on Maine’s Penobscot River

Today is a big day for dam removal and river restoration. Removal of the Veazie Dam begins on Maine’s Penobscot River – one of the most significant river restoration projects in our country, and a wonderful example of collaboration and “win-win” solutions for the environment and economy. Because of the threats from existing or proposed…

Wind Power and the Thrum of Lawsuits

The legal and cultural battle over wind turbines on a small island off the coast of Maine has its implications for communities across the United States.

Cannibal Lobsters!

  The humble Maine Lobster has been exposed as a cannibal. University of Maine graduate student Noah Oppenheim and advisor Dr. Rick Wahle presented work at “The American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem” symposium in Portland, Maine this last week, that showed lobsters prey on themselves in the wild. This phenomena had been seen in…

Dam Removal Begins on Maine’s Penobscot River to Revive Historic Salmon Runs

The dams will fall and the salmon will rise. That may sound like prophesy, but it’s as certain as scientific predictions get these days, particularly in matters of ecological restoration. Yesterday, demolition of the Great Works Dam began on the Penobscot River in Maine.  Another dam, the Veazie, will come down next summer.  With the…

Saving This Small Fish Can Help Save the Ocean

I’ve always loved fresh fish. As a chef, there’s nothing like cooking a striped bass or bluefish straight from the Chesapeake — watching as the skin darkens, caramelizes, and releases just a hint of the unmistakably sweet, yet salty, fragrance of the Bay. But as a sustainability advocate, I’ve also grown concerned about the health of a key food source for these and many other species along the Eastern seaboard — a small fish known as menhaden.

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

University of British Columbia psychologist and 2010 PopTech conference speaker Elizabeth Dunn made cash “rain from trees” to examine the relationship between money and happiness. Turns out that, for most of us, giving money away makes us happier than spending it on ourselves, and experiences–not possessions–bring lasting joy. By Ford Cochran National Geographic traveled to…

Prelude to PopTech 2010: ‘Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, Improbable Breakthroughs’

The PopTech 2010 conference–an annual gathering of “visionary thinkers, leaders and doers in science, technology, design, the corporate and social sectors, entrepreneurship, education and the arts”–kicks off this Wednesday in Camden, Maine. By Ford Cochran Curated by futurist and National Geographic Fellow Andrew Zolli, the event (much of which will be webcast live Thursday through…

Photo Camp: The Video

Director Kirsten Elstner and others describe National Geographic Photo Camp, a global program sponsored by the Geographic’s Education Foundation through which Nat Geo photographers train students to document their communities and local environments with photography. Recent Photo Camp settings include Botswana’s Okavango Delta … … Jhadol in northwestern India … … Vinalhaven and North Haven…