Nature

And a Cast of Thousands

Pacific Loggerhead Turtles Until five years ago, the Pacific loggerhead turtles of Baja California presented a herpeto-logical enigma: Not a single nest had ever been found on North...

And a Cast of Thousands

Southern Right Whales According to Roger Payne, president of the Massachusetts-based Whale Conservation Institute, a southern right whale migrates far enough over its lifetime to circle...

And a Cast of Thousands

Wildebeasts and Zebras When it comes to large, charismatic animals on the go, nothing compares to East Africa's Serengeti. Each year more than a million wildebeests and up to 300,000...

And a Cast of Thousands

AT ANY GIVEN moment, in every corner of the globe, in the air, through the water, and across the land, animals are performing Herculean feats of migration. Every spring, millions of blackpoll...

Captain Cook Never Sailed Here

Niihau, the most remote of Hawaii's principal islands, sometimes seems as much marketing concept as getaway, its "forbiddenness" making it both difficult to visit and, simultaneously, desirable....

The State Parks: Where Alaskans Do Alaska

In any state, there are attractions that everyone's heard of, that every guidebook touts, that every visitor has to see. Then there are the places the locals haunt, where the crowds are sparse...

Poisonous Snakes

Q: I've heard that the most poisonous snakes on the planet have mouths that are too small to bite us. What gives? —Tim Russell, Seattle...

A Perfect Ten

Sitting on the granite shore of a tiny island in Maine, my son, Robin, bright-eyed and attentive throughout the day's ranger-led tour, started asking a series of perceptive questions about what...

Book 'Em, Daddy-O

On my family's first visit to the islands, we impulsively opted for the sampler tour: three days each on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii. Okay, the manic itinerary was my idea—my husband...

Animals A-Go-Go

The mile-deep fjords and mist-softened forests of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula are home to a variety of impressive A-list wildlife: humpback whales, bald eagles, black bears. But we're betting that...

Animals A-Go-Go

Moose, the largest members of the deer family, are found all over the Northern Hemisphere, but if you want to see these gawky giants at their most majestic, head for the northwest corner of...

Animals A-Go-Go

Between 300,000 and 600,000 African elephants—roughly half the number that existed just 20 years ago—survive south of the Sahara. Though a ban on ivory helped ease the pressure on the...

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