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“Thar They Blow”:  Blue Whales Surface en Masse in Monterey Bay

“Thar They Blow”: Blue Whales Surface en Masse in Monterey Bay

Lisa Poppleton August 28, 2012 0

When my son and I visited California’s Monterey Bay in October a few years ago, we were enchanted by our frequent sightings of sea lions and sea otters. This experience seems quaint compared to

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Discover China’s Wild Lake Country

Discover China’s Wild Lake Country

Lisa Poppleton August 23, 2012 0

Like fragments of glass, 114 lakes shimmer across the landscape of Sichuan’s Jiuzhaigou National Park on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau.  Indeed, legend relates that the lakes originated in the shattering of a

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Miraculous Monarchs

Miraculous Monarchs

Lisa Poppleton August 14, 2012 1

Butterflies seem to be one of the most fragile of all creatures.  Yet the stately monarch butterfly embarks on an annual migration of 2,000-3,000 miles from locations in the United States and southern Canada

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The Jewel and the Keystone of India’s Kanha National Park

The Jewel and the Keystone of India’s Kanha National Park

Lisa Poppleton August 9, 2012 1

Certain national parks are particularly renowned for their animal denizens.  Last week, I was in Grand Teton and Yellowstone, where bison, moose, elk, and osprey were roadside attractions.  Invisible, at least on this trip,

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Wilderness Survival School for Orangutans

Wilderness Survival School for Orangutans

Lisa Poppleton July 31, 2012 0

A baby orangutan normally spends up to eight years in the full-time care of its mother.  She transmits to her young the skills vital to survival during the normal 40-year lifespan of an orangutan

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Top Cat of the Rainforest

Top Cat of the Rainforest

Lisa Poppleton July 26, 2012 0

Over the past few weeks, I have blogged about two of the big cats of Asia: the Amur Leopard and the Snow Leopard.   The Western Hemisphere has its share of spotted cats, as well. 

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Joseph Rock and China’s “Hotspot of Diversity”

Joseph Rock and China’s “Hotspot of Diversity”

Lisa Poppleton July 17, 2012 0

The website of Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University includes a section entitled South Central China and Tibet: Hotspot of Diversity.  This appellation applies to a region of extraordinary richness in endemic plant and animal

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A New Refuge for the World’s Rarest Cat

A New Refuge for the World’s Rarest Cat

Lisa Poppleton July 12, 2012 0

Only 30-35 Amur leopards remain in the wild.  Through establishment of a new national park in the Russian Far East, The Land of the Leopard, the World Wildlife Fund and its partners have joined

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