Nature

And a Cast of Thousands

Caribou Each March or April, 129,000 caribou leave their wintering grounds on the Porcupine River in the Canadian Yukon, point their noses northwest, and don't stop until, ten days, 350...

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...

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...

Animals A-Go-Go

Scarlet macaws are just what you dream of in a tropical bird: flashy, big, loud—and easy to spot from the comfort of a palm-shaded beachside hammock. Of the three known existing scarlet...

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

Escape the monkey house and take your brood to where the wild things really are. Our kid-endorsed guide to sneezing lizards, daffy otters, and bellowing moose. (Sorry, no dinosaurs.)...

Animals A-Go-Go

Marine iguanas are big, spiny, sluggish, awful-looking lizards that sneeze a lot. Even critterphile Charles Darwin pronounced them "hideous." What more could a kid ask for? The only seagoing...

Animals A-Go-Go

Why haul your family all the way to the swampy mangrove forests of coastal Borneo to see the proboscis monkey? Because this Western Pacific island southwest of the Philippines is the only place...

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...

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