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24 Jan 2019
Posted in Flora & Fauna, History, Nature

Day of the (golden) jackal.

Once upon a time, farmers in Western Europe sought to protect their livestock from wolves. Today, that’s changing.

According to a group of researchers, golden jackals (Canis aureus) now far outnumber Europe’s wolf population. The latest official jackal count is 117,000; by contrast, wolves in Europe number about 17,000.

Smaller than our homegrown coyotes, the 20-pound ... Read More >

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Think pink?

If you’re playing with the idea of a journey to Japan during sakura, when millions of cherry trees are in full bloom, you should start the planning process now for 2020 (it’s essentially too late for 2019). This is an extraordinarily busy time in Japan, but one you ought to see for yourself if ... Read More >

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26 Jul 2018
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Special Offers

To the bottom of the Earth.

If you’ve never seen an iceberg or a glacier calving up close, you should. There’s still space available on a number of cruises to Antarctica aboard the luxurious Ponant fleet, one of our favorites. Here’s an offer to help you get going:

By 31 August 2018, book passage on a cruise to Antarctica aboard a ... Read More >

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Letter from South Africa.

We just returned from an incredible journey to Southern Africa. We’ve had a number of terrific adventures on the African continent, and each time we go, we wonder whether this time might not live up to our very high expectations.

We needn’t have worried. Our 16-day journey to South Africa, Victoria ... Read More >

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Peru’s tater tot.

If you’ve seen the 2015 film “The Martian,” then you know that Hollywood has been toying with the notion of growing vegetables on Mars, should man ever live on the Red Planet.

Turns out that real scientists have been toying with the same idea. And the veggie of choice? The humble potato.

Scientists in Peru have simulated ... Read More >

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Time to get nudi.

It’s September again, which means one thing, if you’re in Port Stephens, just north of Sydney, Australia: It’s time for the annual sea slug census.

For one weekend this month, citizen scientists on Nelson Bay join forces with experts to search for, document, and photograph as many nudibranches (“nudis,” to the locals) and other ... Read More >

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27 Jun 2017
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Nature, News, Tidbits & trivia

They shoot trees, don’t they?

Here’s something you might not have known: According to a recent study, deforestation from logging, agricultural production, and other economic activities adds more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than the sum total of cars and trucks on the world’s roads.

Scientific American explains. “The reason that logging is so bad for the climate is that ... Read More >

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Change is beautiful.

There’s a wonderful new book out that would perfectly compliment any traveler’s personal library: Evolution: A Visual Record by Robert Clark. An award-winning photographer and author, Clark sought to capture not only the marvels of the natural world, but also the trajectory of evolutionary change over time. He illustrates his points with remarkable photography.

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Winging it.

There’s good news coming out of the Bass Rock in Scotland this year: The northern gannet population has been steadily rising there since 2009, an indication that these magnificent seabirds are coping successfully with rapid environmental changes.

The Bass Rock, a seven-acre chunk of volcanic detritus in the Firth of Forth on Scotland’s east coast, ... Read More >

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21 Feb 2017
Posted in Flora & Fauna, Nature, Tidbits & trivia

And Zealandia makes eight.

You recall learning in grade school that planet Earth has seven continents—North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Antarctica. But a new paper published in GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America, argues that we need to revamp that list. The paper’s authors suggest the existence of an eighth ... Read More >

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