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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #72

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>Firethroats, kingfishers, openbills, nightjars, stilts, leafbirds, roadrunners, mangos, laughthrushes, and rubythroats are featured in this 72nd edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”!</b> With almost 600,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page, the …

Week's Best Space Pictures: A Star Pulses, a Hurricane Rages, and a Planet Sucks

Astronomers catch the blue light from a pulsar, a hurricane makes landfall, and an exoplanet sucks the life out of its star in the week's best space pictures.

Sneak a Peek at 7 Pictures of Sea Otters at Home

Week's Best Space Pictures: The Sun Stretches, Dust Swallows Africa, and the Milky Way Arcs

The sun sends out magnetic material, dust blows across the Atlantic, and the Milky Way arcs over the Himalaya in this week's best space pictures.

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The Icon: Egypt’s Great Sphinx

In Arabic, it’s called “the father of terror.” To us, it’s a riddle.<p>Who built the <b>Great Sphinx of Giza</b>? No one can say for sure (though several of the more crazy theories point fingers at space aliens). The huge limestone statue, as tall as the White House in Washington, D.C., with paws bigger than …

Viral Photo of Great White Shark Stirs Debate Over Cages, Baiting

Picture raises questions over impact of popular cage diving in South Africa.<p>A schoolteacher's dramatic photo of a great white shark has gone viral, inspiring a lively Internet debate about whether it's ethical to bait sharks, many of which are threatened species, so that tourists can see them up …

Leaving No Trace in New Mexico

On the trail to the bottom of a gorge in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument a short drive north from Taos, New Mexico, Stuart Wilde stops abruptly and loops the end of a rope around some branches.<p>“Here you go, Raja,” he says softly, cooing to a mousey brown llama that stands nose-to-nose …

As Dwindling Monarch Butterflies Make Their Migration, Feds Try to Save Them

"Catastrophic drop" in pollinator's numbers this year means that species is "going to need all the help we can give it."<p>CAPE MAY POINT, New Jersey—Two years ago migrating monarch butterflies transformed the lush gardens of Cape May Point into a series of "giant orange snowglobes." That's how Mark …

What the Disappearing Aral Sea Tells Us about the Value of Water

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Images of the shrinking Aral Sea in Central Asia acquired by NASA satellites on August 25, 2000 (l) and August 19, 2014. The Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest lake, but has lost most of its water due to diversions of the rivers that sustained it. Images courtesy of …

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #21

Human Journey<p><b>“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau</b><p>A good friend once told me that wildlife photography makes him sad. He explained that when he sees images of the wild creatures and unspoiled places his heart aches too deeply at the thought of what he …