Nature

Daredevil films stomach-churning leap from 800ft cliff in Yosemite National Park WITHOUT a parachute

Don't look down!<p>This is the moment a daredevil takes a few firm steps and hurls himself into the abyss off the edge of a cliff.<p>Stomach-churning video …

Yosemite National Park

Bodies Found Embracing in Joshua Tree May Be California Couple Who Went Missing in Park 3 Months Ago

Authorities are working to identify two bodies discovered in Joshua Tree nearly three months after a young couple went missing in the California …

National Parks

Alligators Have Been Caught Feasting on Sharks in a Bizarre Predator Cross Over

It's on.<p>For the first time, researchers have documented the violent clash of predators from two very different worlds, discovering evidence of …

Science

5 Bear Safety Tips From an NPS Biologist

One basic rule of thumb for bear biologists and park rangers: If you have a tip to keep people safe in the backcountry, don’t keep it a secret. When …

Backpacking

Why Are America's Bats Disappearing?

By John R. Platt<p>It's Friday evening in Pittsburgh, and the mosquitoes are out in force. One bites at my arm and I try to slap it away. Another takes …

Biological Species

We Now Have Evidence That Alligators Like Chomping on Sharks

Brave biologists pumped 500 gator stomachs.<p>Alligators can be tricky animals to study. If you want to know what they eat, for instance, you either …

Culture

Denali — the mountain formerly known as McKinley — is full of surprises

Alaska is a perpetual surprise. The fjords are like tickle trunks filled with wildlife and vistas and the occasional summertime ice floe, the cities …

List-Worthy

Exploring the Most Epic Caves in Brazil

Caverna de Santana<p>Located in the Alto Ribeira Tourist State Park, the Caverna de Santana is the longest cave in the state of Sao Paulo. The cave is …

Culture

THE LONELIEST POLAR BEAR

Twenty-seven years before Nora was born and 3,600 miles away, Eskimo hunter Gene Rex Agnaboogok grabbed his rifle, got on his snowmobile and headed …

Polar Bears

Congress might allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a 2018 budget resolution this week. The outcome could open the pristine landscape of the Arctic National …

Environmentalism

Country diary: sycamores create painterly clumps of colour and shade

Cressbrook Dale, Derbyshire These often despised trees took centuries to go native but today they are a welcome addition to the autumn atmosphere – especially in the rain<p>I find it strange to read in Oliver Rackham’s wonderful Trees and Woodland in the British Landscape that sycamores were probably …

Environment

The Pink Lake of Torrevieja

Bacteria and algae give the salty water its bubblegum hue.<p>Two colorful salt lakes flank the northwestern edge of a small seaside city on Spain’s …

Culture

East Hampton's first pine beetle infestation fells 800 trees

The southern pine beetle that has decimated thousands of trees around Long Island has hit East Hampton Town for the first time, forcing officials to …

Long Island

Grizzlies Saved This Vietnam Vet's Life. Now He's Fighting To Return The Favor.

Doug Peacock, of Montana, is a plaintiff in a lawsuit to restore federal protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears.<p>EMIGRANT, Mont. — Doug Peacock returned from Vietnam in 1968 a different man than when he left. His mind was eating at him. He and other war veterans didn’t have words for the disease …

Wildlife

Historic Panorama Archive of Pacific Northwest Used to Suppress Forest Fires

With almost half of both Oregon and Washington State's landmass covered with forests, careful management of this resourceful landscape has always been of paramount importance. And, of course, fire management has long been a duty of the Forest Service in both states. Between 1933 and 1935, the …

Oregon

It’s One of North America’s Quietest Places. Along Came a Bear.

Alaska’s Gates of the Arctic National Park is so vast that it stretches across an area bigger than Vermont, Rhode Island and Delaware combined.<p>Karupa Lake, tucked off in its northern corner, is so remote that reaching it takes a four-hour skiplane flight from Fairbanks. And it’s so quiet — a day …

Science

From white deer to loved-up puffins: 10 of the UK’s most stunning wildlife sights

Images of salmon hurling themselves upriver, or a sea eagle diving for fish may be commonplace on TV documentaries, but it is possible to see such incredible sights for yourself, and in the UK<p><b>Puffin courtship</b><p>Puffin love lasts a lifetime, and when mating couples arrive at their nesting site each …

Country diary 1917: bungled wasps' nest theft leads to discovery

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 19 October 1917<p>Someone had taken a wasps’ nest. Perhaps as he carried it home some of the inmates objected, or he discovered that most of the cells were empty; at any rate it had been dropped, and lay broken by the path. Over the grubless cakes a …

Environment

David Attenborough warns of the dangers of plastic after witnessing impact filming ‘Blue Planet II’

Sir David Attenborough has spoken out against the dangers of plastic after witnessing the damage it causes to the environment while filming ‘Blue …

David Attenborough

The Great Storm of October 1987: Stories and pictures from a night that changed Britain

It's 30 years since the Great Storm of 1987 wrought havoc across England and Wales – we've brought together stories from some of those who lived …

Weather

Eastern quolls will soon be reintroduced to Australian mainland after being wiped out by foxes

The eastern quoll will be reintroduced to the Australian mainland more than 50 years after the species was wiped out by foxes.<p>Over the next three …

Australian News

Deep blue wonders: New nature series proves many fishermen's tales true

Boiling seas, huge flying fish that snatch birds from the sky and armour-clad octopuses were once thought to be purely the stuff of fishermen's tales.

Fish

Portuguese man o' war with deadly stings 'blown into British waters from the Atlantic' by Hurricane Ophelia

Deadly sea creatures have been 'blown into British waters from the Atlantic' by winds caused by Hurricane Ophelia as it gets ready to strike the UK …

Weather

Plantwatch: Autumn and leaves are falling, but for the wrong reasons

A big tree can be infested with about 2m of these tiny leaf miners, just one of several new pests attacking British woodlands<p>The autumn tree colours are appearing, but all is not quite what it seems. Horse chestnut leaves started falling weeks ago like crispy brown pieces of paper, a sign of leaf …

Gardening

Wallacea: a living laboratory of evolution

<i>To mark Wallacea Week, a series of public lectures and exhibition on the Wallacea region of Indonesia, The Conversation presents a series of analysis</i> …

Ecology

Wholistic Forestry Management - Nature And Community

Severe erosion can be a by-product of industrial clear-cut tree farming. With environmental damage like that, no wonder many people concerned about …

Sustainable Living

Country diary: a national treasure rooted in the urban landscape

Plymouth, Devon Few would give it a second look but this scruffy-looking pear is one of Britain’s rarest trees<p>There’s a wooden picnic bench on the grass, though it is not the most inviting of locations to stop for lunch, next to an ambulance vehicle depot and overshadowed by a multi-storey car …

Environment

Honk if you love Canada Geese

My dad loved the much-maligned birds. After his death, I was surprised how much they comforted me, Corinne Langston writes<p><i>Facts & Arguments is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at</i> tgam.ca/essayguide.<p>Some people may complain Canada Geese are dirty, …

Symphony on the prairies: The music of Wolf Lake [Photos] [Video]

There was music coming from the shallow, murky waters of Wolf Lake.

Blue Planet II reveals raft of new discoveries and finds that fishermen's tales of boiling seas are true

Boiling seas, huge flying fish which snatch birds from the sky and armour-clad octopuses were once thought to be purely the stuff of fisherman’s tales.<p>But remarkable new footage, captured over four years by BBC filmmakers for Blue Planet II, has proven that many sailors’ myths are actually …

Oceans