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Yuka The Woolly Mammoth Goes On Display In Japan (VIDEO)

Jul 12th, 2013 at 3:00PM: A 39,000-year-old woolly mammoth has gone on display in Yokohama, Japan. Dubbed "Yuka," the mammoth died at the age of 10 and was frozen in the Russian snow until it was discovered three years ago. Yuka is the best preserved example of her species, which went extinct across most of its range around 10,000 years ago. Isolated populations survived for centuries thereafter, as late as 4,000...

Why Is Death Valley Littered With Fried Eggs?

Why Is Death Valley Littered With Fried Eggs? Jul 12th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Plants, wildlife and waterways – these are the things that you can routinely expect to see when you head out to one of the country's many national parks. But trek out to Death Valley National Park and you'll spot something else entirely: fried eggs. Lots and lots of fried eggs. Death Valley is one of the hottest places on the planet and holds the record for the highest air temperature...

Photo Of The Day: Summer Sanctuary

Photo Of The Day: Summer Sanctuary Jul 7th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Jon Bowen, Flickr For me, summer means spending time in the countryside – finding a quiet corner to explore that's far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's a time to breath in fresh air and take a moment and hit the "reset" button. That's what I call a summer sanctuary. Along with that comes eating outside. The summer months are meant to be spent outside, and what's better...

'Sesame Street' Explores The National Parks

'Sesame Street' Explores The National Parks Jun 6th, 2013 at 8:00AM: National Park Service The creative minds behind the long-running PBS children's television series "Sesame Street" have joined forces with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to produce a series of videos designed to connect young children with nature. The six videos, which can be found on YouTube, star popular characters Elmo and Murray who are joined by Park Rangers from...

Better Know A Holiday: Showa Day

Better Know A Holiday: Showa Day Apr 29th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Formerly: The Emperor's Birthday, Greenery Day When? April 29 Public holiday in: Japan Part of: Japan's Golden Week, a series of four public holidays in the span of a week that sees offices closed, trains and planes packed and a mass exodus from the major cities like Tokyo. Who died? Former Japanese Emperor Hirohito, posthumously referred to as Emperor Showa. They changed his...

Photo Of The Day: Early Morning On The Faroe Islands

Photo Of The Day: Early Morning On The Faroe Islands Apr 23rd, 2013 at 6:00PM: The Faroe Islands are a bit too remote to be on many people's bucket list and that's a shame. Halfway between Scotland and Iceland in the windy north Atlantic, they offer a rugged beauty equal to any adventure travel destination. This shot from user kanelstrand from Gadling's Flickr pool was taken early one morning after some rain. The mixture of light and shadow, the deep color of the sea...

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Lake Placid, New York

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Lake Placid, New York Apr 22nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: When driving from New York City to Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains, it's hard not to be struck by how green everything is compared to the urban jungle of Manhattan. And now, this corner of the Adirondacks is promoting another kind of greenness in its quest to earn the title of America's most environmentally friendly travel destination. This Earth Day and week, I'm exploring this...

Thieves Steal Rhino Horns From National Museum Of Ireland

Thieves Steal Rhino Horns From National Museum Of Ireland Apr 19th, 2013 at 1:00PM: A gang of masked men broke into the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday night and made off with four rhino heads. Museum officials said in a press release that the thieves overpowered a security guard and tied him up. They then entered a storeroom and removed the heads. The heads had previously been on display but had been put into storage a year ago for fear of their being...

Leatherback Turtle Nesting Ground Protected In Puerto Rico

Leatherback Turtle Nesting Ground Protected In Puerto Rico Apr 14th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Puerto Rico has just declared 5.4 square miles of coastline as protected land in order to preserve a leatherback turtle nesting ground, BBC reports. The Northeast Ecological Corridor has been a battleground between conservation groups and big business for 15 years. The choice was basically between two ideas: "Hey, look at this beautiful natural wonder; let's preserve it for low-impact...

Video: Amazon Ants Transform Into Life Raft

Mar 25th, 2013 at 4:00PM: If you're still haunted by the sight of spiders raining down on a Brazilian city, as we brought to your attention last month, this heartwarming nature video might be a palette-cleanser. Captured by the BBC, fire ants in the Amazon adapted to a flood by ganging together and turning themselves into a raft for their queen. Braving all manner of threats (speedboat on your left!), the colony clung...

Tourists Amazed By Serengeti Wildebeest Calving

Tourists Amazed By Serengeti Wildebeest Calving Feb 27th, 2013 at 1:00PM: February is a special time on the Serengeti. Right now its population of some 1.5 million wildebeests are giving birth to an estimated 8,000 calves a day, the Tanzania Daily News reports. The East African nation has seen some 16,500 tourists come to watch the event in Serengeti National Park, including 5,800 domestic visitors who are part of a growing African middle class that's boosting...

More Than 11,000 Elephants Poached In Gabon In Past Decade, Officials Estimate

More Than 11,000 Elephants Poached In Gabon In Past Decade, Officials Estimate Feb 7th, 2013 at 3:00PM: The West African nation of Gabon has one of the largest populations of elephants in the world, yet now they're in danger of being wiped out for their ivory. The World Wildlife Fund reports that a study done by itself in cooperation with the Gabonese National Parks Agency and the Wildlife Conservation Society found that up to 11,000 elephants were killed by poachers in Gabon since 2004. That may...

Photo Of The Day: Flamingos At Lake Nakuru

Photo Of The Day: Flamingos At Lake Nakuru Nov 11th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Today's magnificent shot comes to us from Flickr user John Overmeyer, who captured this elegant image of flamingos feeding at Kenya's Lake Nakuru. The lake's high concentration of algae attracts huge flocks of the birds and other wildlife to the area, bringing with them plenty of nature photographers. I love the washed out colors, the various poses of the different birds and their hazy...

Brazen Poaching Of Rare Rhinoceros Species In India

Brazen Poaching Of Rare Rhinoceros Species In India Sep 27th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Two recent poaching incidents reveal the dangers faced by India's rare animals, even when they are supposedly under protection. The BBC reports that a one-horned rhino was shot in Assam when it wandered out of Kaziranga National Park. Poachers took its horn but the animal did not die. Park staff are now trying to save it. The park is home to about two-thirds of the world's population of...

Scottish Wildcat May Go Extinct Within Months

Scottish Wildcat May Go Extinct Within Months Sep 14th, 2012 at 4:01PM: A new survey by the Scottish Wildcat Association of the endangered Scottish wildcat has revealed only about 35 purebred individuals, prompting the group to announce the cat may go extinct within months, the BBC reports. It was previously thought that their population numbered about 400. Another survey, funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and published last month, estimated about 150 breeding...

15 Super Shots Of Nature Reflected On Water

15 Super Shots Of Nature Reflected On Water Aug 14th, 2012 at 4:00PM: The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration. - Claude Monet It's true. There are not many things on this planet as inspiring as nature. Vibrant colors, enormous peaks, crystal lakes, animals in the wilderness and natural phenomena you have to see to believe exist in a world far away from the intimidating skyscrapers and chaotic lifestyles of busy cities. Spending...

Survey Names America's 8 Best Lakes

Survey Names America's 8 Best Lakes Aug 4th, 2012 at 2:00PM: In an effort to find out what the best lakes across the United States are, USA Today conducted a survey to allow travelers to weigh in on the subject. The poll generated over 5,000 votes on Twitter and Facebook, and named Lake Tahoe as America's best lake. The survey listed 15 finalists, chosen by regional magazine editors. Says Laura Bly of USA Today, "While we took some heat for ignoring...

Eynhallow: Visiting Orkney's Haunted Isle

Eynhallow: Visiting Orkney's Haunted Isle Jul 29th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Orkney is an ancient land where prehistoric monuments still dominate the landscape, along with the wide sky and surrounding sea. Plenty of strange stories have grown up about certain places. Some of the strangest have to do with a little island called Eynhallow. Eynhallow has been deserted since 1851. Considering that it's a little less than 200 acres of treeless grass and rocky cliffs...

Shapinsay: Visiting A Wee Scottish Island

Shapinsay: Visiting A Wee Scottish Island Jul 27th, 2012 at 2:00PM: No trip to Orkney is complete without seeing some of the smaller islands. They offer plenty of natural and historic sights as well as peaceful solitude. Little Shapinsay can be seen from the main harbor at Kirkwall, but visitors often overlook it. Even though it only measures six miles long at its longest and has only about 300 residents, it's served by a regular car ferry from Kirkwall. My...

Exploring The Beauty Of Acadia National Park

Exploring The Beauty Of Acadia National Park Jul 23rd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The United States is home to many beautiful national parks worth exploring. One of these is Maine's Acadia National Park, the first national park to have been established east of the Mississippi River. Rugged coastline, granite peaks, historic hiking trails, myriad plant and animal species and Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the United States' North Atlantic Coast at 1,532 feet, all...

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