Salmon's powerful, ingrained sense of smell allows them to return to the exact stream of their birth for spawning.
January 09, 2012 | By Peter Smith
The absence of native mammals, aside from bats and pinnipeds, gives the impression that New Zealand is still in the age of dinosaurs
January 05, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Anyone would be a fool to visit the South Island and not see the cliffs and marine scenery of Milford Sound, maybe the closest thing the real world knows to the fabled “Cliffs of Insanity" of The Princess Bride
January 04, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Get your grizzlies, polar bears, big cats, wolves and crocs here
December 30, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Are people playing games while climbing the world’s tallest mountain? That's hard to say, but they’re definitely texting
December 27, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
It was only weeks later that I learned what a klutz I'd been. It's a miracle I wasn't thrown to the bears
December 20, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
A chess set, soccer ball, bear spray and other items, even dog food, make the list of gifts to give your favorite hardened traveler
December 16, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
"It just felt like what we would do. We were travelers. It was in our blood, and the idea that we would ever stop traveling just because we had kids never sat well with us"
December 14, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Aston is in no-man's land, where schedules, deadlines and responsibility seem to carry little relevance, but she is tightly bound by one crucial logistic: "I can't miss the last plane out"
December 09, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Earth’s most violent mud volcano is wreaking havoc in Indonesia. Was drilling to blame? And when will it end?
December 02, 2011 | By Erin Wayman
A trip to the floor of the Maui volcano still promises an encounter with the "raw beginnings of world-making"
December 2011 | By Tony Perrottet
The fiery forces beneath the island chain still mystify geologists
December 2011 | By Erin Wayman
Klallam tribal members make plans for holy ancestral sites to resurface after the unparalleled removal of nearby dams
December 2011 | By Abigail Tucker
The attraction of beachcombing is that one isn't perusing an actual garbage dump; much of what one sifts through on a remote stretch of sand are valuables lost at sea
November 22, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
In remote fishing camps along the shoreline, a few older fishermen remember a red-haired Englishman who tramped through 30 years ago, disappearing around the next point.
November 17, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
Smithsonian scientist Laetitia Plaisance talks about her recent study and its finding that coral reefs support even more biodiversity that we thought
November 10, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
By camping wild, we bypass unloading the luggage, taking off our shoes at the doorstep, and all the other finicky logistics of dwelling in a well-groomed society
November 10, 2011 | By Alastair Bland
The college city's big sky and endless farmland gave this New Yorker some fresh perspective
November 2011 | By Meghan Daum
A new exhibition of American wonders underscores the debt our country owes to its waterways
November 2011 | By Daniel Walker Howe
Are farmed salmon the source of a viral infection off the coast of British Columbia?
October 20, 2011 | By Jesse Rhodes