wildlife

Illustration of park ranger surrounded by butterflies and flowers in front of mountains (State Dept./D. Thompson)

National Park Service turns 106

The National Park Service celebrates its 106th birthday August 25. Take some time to reflect on the public lands' jaw-dropping features.
Baby elephant interacting with adult elephant in water (© DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Understanding elephants improves conservation efforts

U.S. researchers are learning more about how elephants think and behave to help improve the chances of survival for these majestic animals.
Low angle of vehicle passing sunflowers on side of road (© Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images)

The latest buzz about U.S. roads

Diseases, pesticides and habitat loss threaten wild pollinators like bees. Learn how a new U.S. grant program aims to reverse that trend.
Lake surrounded by mountains and trees (© Ray Bulson/Alamy)

The United States also has rainforests

From Puerto Rico to Alaska, there are a number of rainforests located within the United States. Learn more about them here.
Sea turtle and fish seen underwater above coral (© Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild/Getty Images)

Countries step up efforts to protect marine wildlife

Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama are creating one of the world's largest marine protected areas. Learn more about this partnership.
Line of people viewing erupting geyser (© Dave Stamboulis/Alamy)

The 5 most popular national parks during the pandemic [photo gallery]

July 31 is World Ranger Day! Learn about five of America's most visited national parks (there are 423 parks total) and what keeps guests coming back.
Cicada nymphs crawling through grass (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

The Brood X cicadas arrive by the billions

Once every 17 years, billions of cicadas emerge from underground in more than a dozen U.S. states. Learn more about this strange natural wonder.
Radiated tortoise crawling on ground (© Turtle Survival Alliance)

Saving Madagascar’s endangered tortoises during a pandemic

The U.S. government is helping a nonprofit group return Madagascar's endangered tortoises to the wild after the COVID-19 pandemic cost the group funding.
Screenshot of brown bear in field with superimposed square around head and triangle from eyes to nose (© Melanie Clapham)

Would you recognize this bear’s face?

New innovations in facial recognition technology are allowing conservationists to identify and better study bears in the wild.