Nature

The whale wins: Volunteers free young gray whale stranded in Olympic National Park

A young gray whale found herself beached at Olympic National Park — and a horde of volunteers and scientists swept in to save her.

National Parks

Get up Close to Scarlet Macaws, Sea Turtles, and Sharks on a Costa Rican Adventure

Our sea kayak slipped along the edge of the rain forest. The water was smooth as polished jade and scattered with yellow leaves and bobbing figs. My …

Central America

Sink or swim: readers' photos on the theme of float

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of float via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites<p>Share your photos on this week’s theme ‘excess’ by clicking the button below

Photography

Yosemite fire near famous tree grove forces evacuation of Wawona

WAWONA — With a growing forest fire and more forecasted thunderstorms, fire officials have ordered the evacuation of this small town just inside the …

Yosemite National Park

How should the turtle cross the road?

Why did the turtle cross the road? Because you helped wheelbarrow it there.<p>The ambling animals aren’t known for looking both ways; cars are one of …

The Nature Conservancy

The eclipse’s effects on animals will be wild

Solar eclipses confuse hippos, and piss pigeons off<p>When the Moon blotted out the Sun over Zimbabwe during a 2001 eclipse, a pod of sleeping hippos woke up from their nap. Astronomer Paul Murdin was part of a team of 250 people documenting the eclipse’s effects, and he had been put on hippo duty. He …

Wildlife

Orangutan mama fashions a rain hat of leaves for baby and herself

<b>On International Orangutan Day, we celebrate one of humankind’s closest relatives.</b><p>We share a remarkable 97 percent of our DNA with orangutans, and …

Sustainability

Magic mushrooms: art foraged from nature – in pictures

The mysterious islands of the Salish Sea, between British Columbia and Washington State, are home to the ecological artist Jill Bliss, who since 2012 has devoted herself to exploring the isolated region, artistically and literally. The archipelago has its own unique ecosystem, and Bliss’s medleys …

Photography

Alaskan town is overrun with bald eagles

A small town in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands is swarming with bald eagles — but they’re more menace than majestic.<p>Unalaska is home to roughly 600 bald …

Lifestyle

Percy the pelican set to come out of retirement at North East landmark

Percy the pelican built up a big fan-base when he set up home in Northumberland more than 40 years ago.<p>The white pelican, 5ft from beak to tail and …

6 Amazing Places to Camp During the Total Solar Eclipse

By Anne Bolen<p>On Aug. 21, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. from coast to coast. Along the path of totality, …

Solar Eclipse

The A to Z of Ireland’s natural heritage

Ahead of Heritage Week, take a lesson in our animals, plants, fungus and much more...

News (Ireland)

Late summer flowers make crucial refuelling stops for the insects

New Forest, Hampshire Marsh flowers provide nectar for a long list of species, from marmalade hoverflies to silver-washed fritillaries<p>The New Forest rides, named long before many were gravelled to allow cyclists and others ease of access, cut through the inclosures and plantations, serving as …

Environment

Meet the turtles surviving an invasion of enormous tractors

Crouching in the woods, amid a tangle of fallen trees and brush, greenbrier, probably poison ivy and who knows what else, I am acutely aware of two …

Let These Award-Winning Ecology Images Soothe Your Tortured Soul

Nature can be brutal as hell. The Circle of Life translates to a horrible place full of awful smells, corpses, murder, and plenty of unreasonably …

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Brown bears fishing, a rare white moose, and a puma found in a São Paulo office block are among our images from the natural world this week

Photography

Watching Animals Watch the Eclipse

Before and after the moon crosses the sun, interested people all over the U.S. will be spying on wildlife.<p>On Monday, August 21, Elise Ricard, like …

Culture

Cruising the last frontier: top shore excursions in Alaska

Cruising has made Alaska’s once-impenetrable wilderness accessible to millions. But to really get a feel for the unforgiving landscapes that made erstwhile gold rush ‘stampeders’ quiver in their boots, you need to get off the ship and stretch your legs a little. Here are a few very Alaskan things …

Lonely Planet

Beautiful stargazing opportunities at public lands

None<p>At Arches National Park in Utah, campers can connect with the past. While settling in for the night, watch our galaxy overhead as stars uncloak one by one. In a short time, the night sky fills with thousands of glittering jewels -- too many to count. Arches National Park’s work as a Dark Sky …

National Parks

Asian carp found near Lake Michigan got past barriers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes.<p>The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee says an autopsy shows the 4-year-old male …

News (U.S.)

A Visit to One of the Best Places to See Grizzly Bears in the Wild

A lottery system protects bears and humans in a sanctuary like no other<p>Beth Rosenberg, an assistant manager at Alaska’s McNeil River Game Sanctuary, …

Sheep to graze in London's Royal Parks in wildflower meadow bid

Sheep are to graze in London’s Royal Parks for the first time since the 1930s as part of a project to revive Britain’s wildflower meadows supported by Prince Charles.<p>From Monday, commuters crossing Green Park on their way to work will notice a small herd of rare sheep chomping through the tougher …

Wildlife

Assam floods: Over 140 animal carcasses found at Kaziranga National Park

The second wave of floods in Assam has inundated 80 per cent of the 481 sq km area of the famed Kaziranga National Park and claimed the lives of over …

Wildlife

Elusive Butterfly Sighted in Scotland for the First Time in 133 Years | Mental Floss

Conditions weren’t looking too promising for the white-letter hairstreak, an elusive butterfly that’s native to the UK. Threatened by habitat loss, …

Where Water Is Gold

What is wealth? Money, mansions and material possessions? For most people who live in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, the answer is none of the above. Instead, …

Nature Photography

Ascension: the loneliest island

I was floating in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Brazil and Congo, a hair’s-breadth off the Equator, when I realised that Craig …

Raindrops and Mushrooms: Physics on a Small Scale

Though we can’t see it, mushrooms are firing minuscule cannons right under our noses. What’s going on in that tiny world?<p>Dusk on a summer evening is the perfect time for a walk. Even in a city park, the greenery provides a warm oasis of calm and a chance to appreciate the details of nature that get …

Physics

Residents Talk About the Sheer Number of Bald Eagles Who Populate the Town of Unalaska, Alaska

by Lori Dorn at on<p>Great Big Story travelled to Unalaska, Alaska to speak with Carlin Enlow, the executive director Unalaska Visitor’s Bureau along …

The Arctic

Benefits of Traveling to Antarctica in Early Season

Wildlife sightings and adventure opportunities abound for visitors to the southernmost continent in November and early December.

Rained-out festival has left the fields in chaos

Minninglow, Derbyshire The Y Not festival site is still a mess, but a walk along the High Peak Trail underlines the resilience of nature<p>At the top of Gratton Dale, turning into Mouldridge Lane, the familiar white-walled pasture had been transformed. Diggers and tractors swarmed across the fields, …

Environment