Home on the Range

By Bambam

This story originally appeared in bioGraphic, an online magazine about nature and sustainability powered by the California Academy of Sciences. Photographs by Sarah Killingsworth Point Reyes sits at the western edge of Marin County, California, a pick-axe shaped peninsula that juts … Read more

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Canada is Opening (and the Polar Bears are Waiting)

By Bambam
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the news that so many of us have eagerly waited for—Canada will open its borders to vaccinated Americans on August 9th. We join in celebration with the community of Churchill, Manitoba, as we look forward to welcoming travelers back for our upcoming polar bear season. Since 1989, Natural Habitat [&hellip

News on Kangaroos and an Australia Atlas of Nature

By Bambam
Kangaroos have become iconic poster children for Australia’s great outback. But although the kangaroo is a national emblem for the country, some locals also think of the marsupial as a nuisance. Kangaroos often frequent grasslands and other open areas, such as farmlands, creating the perception that they compete with livestock for food—even though there is no [&hellip

Your Africa Safari Photographs Could Help Save Wildlife

By Bambam
I have never been fortunate enough to go on an Africa safari, but I never tire of reading about the experiences of others who have visited the continent, such as the thrill of seeing a herd of wildebeest spread across a vast, open plain or spotting a leopard lazing in a tree as the sun [&hellip

People and Wildlife Need Each Other for Good Health

By Bambam
Here, looking out from the Anthropocene, we tend to regard nature as something other than ourselves. Wild places and wildlife, it seems, are commodities to be preserved and boxed off in national parks or in other protected areas where people do not live; while we reside in cities or towns, places that we think of [&hellip

You Don’t Have to Be a Nature Expert to Love It

By Bambam
There’s the old maxim that you must know something to love it. And we’ve certainly heard that regarding nature: that if we don’t expose people—particularly the next generation—to the outdoors and the biodiversity that resides there, they won’t be or become good stewards of the environment. Sadly, however, we know that there’s a lot of [&hellip

Assessing the Beliefs of Animals

By Bambam
If you asked any wildlife fan or pet owner if animals have beliefs, I’m guessing their answers would almost all fall within the “yes” category, based on observations and anecdotal evidence. Science, however, is always held to a higher standard: proof is required. One of the reasons that such verification has been lacking is that [&hellip

Nature is a “Happy Place” for Children

By Bambam
When children were recently asked to draw their “happy places,” more than half of them created drawings that included aspects of nature and outdoor spaces, such as gardens, grass, lakes, outdoor playgrounds, parks, rainbows, rivers, sunlight or trees. Trees, in particular, were drawn by a third of the children. That’s significant, considering that, in previous [&hellip

African Wild Dogs and the Necessity of Wildlife Corridors

By Bambam
Larger than Austria and Germany combined and nearly twice as big as the United Kingdom, the enormous KAZA (Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area) lies in the Kavango and Zambezi River Basins where Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe converge. The five countries partner in the KAZA TFCA (Transfrontier Conservation Program) initiative, which focuses on forming a transboundary ecological [&hellip

Post-Pandemic, Learning to Trust Again from a Gray Whale

By Bambam
The longest recorded migration by a mammal was made by a gray whale. In 2015, a female made a journey of nearly 14,000 miles from Russia to Mexico and back. (Zebras hold the longest linear—endpoint to endpoint—land mammal migration at 300 miles round trip.) Usually, though, gray whales travel 10,000 to 13,000 miles annually as [&hellip

Five Ways that Travel Makes You More Empathetic

By Bambam
Empathy seems to be in short supply, lately. And it’s no surprise after all we’ve dealt with in the past two years: the coronavirus pandemic, economic insecurity, misinformation and racial injustice, to name just a few of the recent challenges we’ve all faced. Those stressors have led to soaring anxiety, depression and other psychological problems. [&hellip

Rare Lightning Strikes the Arctic, Scientists Warn the Planet is Warming Faster

By Bambam
The rising temperature remains a growing concern in the Arctic twice as much as the rest of the world. While that is known, it still stuns scientists how climate change can generate rare phenomenon. A rare Arctic lightning storms north of Alaska which Ed Plumb, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Fairbanks, described as ‘never seen before’, even for forecasters.