Nature

The Funniest Wildlife Photos Of 2017 Totally Kick Butt

Some are un-bear-ably cute.<p>The animal kingdom has a whole lot of jesters.<p>The winners of the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards were announced on Thursday, recognizing photos that are “light-hearted, upbeat, possibly unpretentious and mainly about wildlife doing funny things,” the contest …

Art

These are the most hilarious nature photos of the year

A surprised seal, a laughing mouse and a triumphant sea otter were among the highlights of the annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.<p>Pro …

Lifestyle

Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America

“Those who eat it will die in two hours.”<p>Within the expansive <i>Apiaceae</i> family are some of the tastiest and most versatile food plants in the world: …

Culture

Scientists find incredible shark that may over 500 years old and still kicking

What were you doing 500 years ago? Oh, that’s right nothing, because you didn’t exist yet. In fact, several generations of your family had yet to …

Science

Zinke reprimanded park head after climate tweets

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkePatagonia files suit against Trump cuts to Utah monuments Presidential power over monuments should have …

Climate

Video: Massive 450-Pound Catfish Stranded In Shallow Waters Rescued

Dozens of villagers in Thailand teamed up to rescue a massive catfish that was stranded in shallow waters. A video of the incident, which took place …

World News

Quincy Bluff is a wild, remote spot for hiking in central Wisconsin

Buy Photo<p>There are some spots in Wisconsin that are best left for a winter visit.<p>Quincy Bluff in Adams County is one of those.<p>When I stopped by in …

National Parks

Cave system in Mexico is filled with creatures that devour methane

Deep in the underground caves and rivers of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, scientists have uncovered a fascinating ecosystem where methane is the …

Country diary: Silence, a mine with a vein of secrets and rowdy tales

Great Hucklow, Derbyshire At the derelict mine all is not quiet as the sound of birds cuts through the muffling snow and the ruins speak of a riotous noisy past<p>The broad track down to Silence Mine was muffled with snow, the more slender boughs of its modest avenue bowed under inches of it, sporadic …

Environment

Tiny carnivorous marsupial feared extinct in NSW rediscovered

A small carnivorous marsupial, thought to be extinct in New South Wales for more than a century, has been rediscovered in the state's far …

Australian National Parks

Endangered sea turtles fly South

<b>For pilots Philip Greenspun and Tom Cooper, today's passengers were a bit unusual: 46 sea turtles packed in towel-covered banana boxes. Greenspun and</b> …

Sailing

Rainbow Canyon Moderate

For a delightful introduction to desert canyon hiking, head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s informally named Rainbow Canyon. This sinuous canyon …

Backpacking

12-14: NEWS: Human activity takes a toll on caribou habitat in Nunavik

NEWS: Nunavik December 14, 2017 - 1:29 pm<p>Human activity takes a toll on caribou habitat in Nunavik<p>Research shows herds have lost as much as 20 per …

Northern Canada

Winners Of The 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer Of The Year Contest Will Take Your Breath Away

National Geographic has just announced the results of its prestigious 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest (2016 here), and the winning shots …

Photography

‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off

Scientists have identified 2 million species of living things. No one knows how many more are out there, and tens of thousands may be vanishing before we have even had a chance to encounter them. By Jacob Mikanowski<p>The Earth is ridiculously, burstingly full of life. Four billion years after the …

Long-form Journalism

Botanists discover new ‘fairy’ orchids in Dwellingup

Caladenia lateritica white. Photo: Supplied.<p>Caladenia rosea pink. Photo: Supplied.<p>of<p>Two new and previously unknown ‘fairy’ orchids have been …

Mandurah, Australia

Giant tortoises are rare today but once roamed four continents

TORTOISES evolved into giants on at least seven occasions and on four continents. The finding undermines the long-standing idea that tortoises become …

Young buck rescued from ice on frozen Oregon lake

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - A young buck rescued from the ice on a remote Oregon lake spent the night in a barn before being released back into the wild, …

Portland, OR

Country diary: mistletoe decorates a lime with its pearly berries

Sandy, Bedfordshire Up in the crown of the tree, a mistle thrush gave a rattling call, as if exerting its planter’s rights<p>Under the unkind umbrella of a spreading oak, a stunted horse chestnut tree had received a white feather. Dropped from a dove, it had landed on a big brown bud as sticky as a …

Environment

Invasive species included in Inverness eDNA research

<b>Researchers hope environmental DNA (eDNA) can provide new information on the behaviour and abundance of native and invasive waterlife.</b><p>The species being studied include freshwater pearl mussels and also non-native American signal crayfish and Pacific pink salmon.<p>Sources of eDNA include shed skin, …

Biological Species

Celebrating the Bond Between Monkeys and Their Humans

A National Geographic photographer captures the relationship between indigenous peoples and the primates they share their lives with.<p>Charlie Hamilton James noticed something unusual when he was photographing the indigenous Matsigenka community a few years ago in the Peruvian Amazon:<p>“Every day all …

Swans seen in east China's nature reserve

Swans are seen at the Swan Lake in Rongcheng national swan nature reserve in Rongcheng City, east China's Shandong Province, Dec. 10, 2017. …

China

A blooming treat

With cyclone Ockhi casting a shadow over our plans to trek up the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, Meesapulimala peak, we made our way up …

List-Worthy

National Park Service Slashing Free Days Next Year

This year, the NPS waived entry fees 10 times. Next year they'll do it just 4.<p>0<p>SHARES<p>In years past, the National Park Service has held a number of …

Backpacking

Ice Skate Through Frozen Wilderness in This Hypnotic Video

Filmmakers capture the incredible beauty of backcountry ice skating in remote Alaska.<p>Tunneling through ice caves like bubble wrap, twirling with only mountains as spectators, and cutting past calving glaciers on hockey skates with adventurous pups trailing behind, backcountry ice skaters in Alaska …

National Parks

Ecuador is a bird-watcher’s paradise

In 1998, a small group of bird-watchers in Ecuador stared intently as a diminutive bird darted along the ground. They soon realized they had …

Birds

New Documentary Delights With Spectacular Visuals of the Panama Isthmus, A Migratory Superhighway

Scientists from all over the world come to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center to study this unique region<p>Comment on this Story

Biological Species

National Geographic’s best nature photos of 2017

The competition — divided into the categories wildlife, aerials, landscapes and underwater — included some truly stunning images, many of which are …

Wildlife

Swans stabbed, beheaded in London parks

A series of gruesome discoveries at several London parks has sparked a probe to figure out who's been stabbing and beheading swans.<p>The grim discoveries were made last month when two swans were found beheaded in Birchmere Park in southwest London, while another was discovered at Southmere Lake, …

World News

Red-suited man on a sled rescues a deer on frozen pond

Reindeer are supposed to pull Santa Claus’ sleigh, but in Oregon recently, a red-suited man on a sled wound up pushing a deer.<p>The reverse-reality …

Frozen