Nature

Man tried to smuggle 34 songbirds into JFK

A Connecticut man was busted trying to smuggle 34 live birds into JFK via hair curlers in his carry-on luggage. Francis Gurahoo, 39, attempted to smuggle the Guyanese finches into the United States from Guyana, ABC reported. Authorities arrested him on Sunday.  Officials say...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 4:52pm

Another day, another bear sighting in Philly

Another bear has been spotted in the Philly area, this time dumpster diving in the Upper Roxborough area on Thursday morning.  The video of the bear's garbage foraging was first shared by ABC, and social media quickly took note. Twitter user Maggie Kent tweeted a photo of the animal along...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 3:34pm

Black bear spotted on SEPTA tracks in East Falls

The Philly area's recent rash of bear sightings continued on Wednesday when a black bear was spotted roaming the SEPTA tracks along East Falls. At 11:07 a.m. Wednesday, officials told Metro that they received a call about a "loose bear" running down the highway on Calumet and Heritage drive in...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 4:30pm

What is forest bathing, and how can city dwellers reap the health benefits too?

All too often, those handy solutions for stress doctors and therapists swear by only cause city dwellers more stress. I’m supposed to leave my miles-long to-do list and meditate at work, you wonder. Yeah right. That’s why you might have brushed off a new technique from Japan and South...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:08am

NYC has 25-year plan to protect its forests from climate change

We know that climate change will affect New York City’s waterfronts, but there’s another ecological feature also at risk: the city’s forests. NYC Parks and the nonprofit Natural Areas Conservancy announced on Monday the creation of a 25-year plan to keep New York City’s...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:42am

Meet Ben Kilham, New England's 'bear whisperer'

Ben Kilham has spent the better part of the last two decades helping orphaned black bears find their wild sides. The author and wildlife expert has raised more than 100 cubs over the years through the Kilham Bear Center, teaching them the skills they need to re-enter the forests of New...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 2:33pm

Yellowstone supervolcano may errupt sooner than expected

There’s a chance a supervolcano could erupt at Yellowstone National Park a lot sooner than anticipated and destroy everything in its path. According to researchers at Arizona State University, they examined fossilized ash and minerals and determined a supervolcano could erupt in a few...

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 3:38pm

Trump administration quietly withdrew 42 protections for endangered species months ago

The Trump administration has withdrawn actions to protect at least 42 endangered species, from the green sea turtle to the yellow-billed cuckoo, in a way that environmentalists say may have broken federal law. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service withdrew the regulatory actions, many of which...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 3:46pm

Berklee professor is mapping the White Mountains through sound

If you’ve been camping in the woods or on a hike in the mountains, you probably remember some of the sounds you heard — from birds in the trees to a river rushing by to the crunch of the forest floor under your foot. Steve Wilkes, a professor at Berklee College of Music, is on a...

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 5:02am

Will Cape Cod see a 'shark boom' this summer? Not quite

Every summer, it seems those who flock to the Cape and Islands have flashbacks to the fictional New England beach thriller "Jaws." There were already a few great white shark sightings this year, most recently off of Scituate on Massachusetts’ South Shore and near Cape Cod’s...

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 5:06am

New York firm designs a park that puts the Highline to shame

If you've ever dreamed of jumping ontrampolinesamong the treetops, get ready to face your fantasy.New York-based design firm Dror has unveiled its master plan for a new city park six miles north of Istanbul's center that will bend the forest landscape with the world of your dreams.Featuring...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 3:30pm

Great white shark numbers growing off Mass coast: Report

After recent studies showed numbers of great white sharks are on the rise, Cape Cod beach towns are using the information to avoid a summer scene out of "Jaws."Researchers spotted nearly twice the number of great whites last summer as they did in 2014, butGreg Skomal, a senior scientist with the...

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 10:26pm

$200M trail will connect New York City to Canada

​Joggers, walkers,cyclists, cross country skiers and just about anyone who can move their feet will soon be able to follow asingle trail from the bottom ofManhattan all the way to the border of Canada.Gov. Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state would invest in building a$200 millionEmpire State...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 3:18pm

Giraffes face extinction after 'devastating' population decline

Giraffe's, nature's gentle giants, are dying at a "devastating" rate and could face extinction if current conditions continue, according to a report released Thursday on worldwide animal populations.The report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature includes the animal for the first...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:11pm

4,000 redwood trees planted in Downtown Brooklyn

​A big green sign that greets drivers from Manhattan coming over the Williamsburg Bridge reads, “Name It…We Got It!” Amongthe many things to which the borough can now lay claim:Adense grove of 4,000 redwood treesin the middle ofDowntown Brooklyn‘s Metrotech Commons. It’s this unlikely...

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 11:26pm

5 gorgeous New England national parks you need to explore

For the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, we’re rounding up five of our favorite New England parks. As if you needed another reason to take a long weekend. A photo posted by Claire (@cybirkett) on Aug 10, 2016 at 9:04am PDT 1) Minute Man National Historic ParkConcord, MAAlmost two and a half...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 11:52pm

Philly's Greensgrow Farms readies for westward expansion

Greensgrow Farms is planting more permanent roots in West Philly.Come Friday, the urban agriculture and community education nonprofit will open the gates to its new location, 5123 Baltimore Ave., ahead of its formal grand opening celebration on Sept. 8.This week, Greensgrow closed its temporary...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 2:30pm

Secret section of Central Park reopens for first time in decades

A portion of Central Park that few people knew about is set to be open to the public during the summer for the first time since the 1930s.The Hallett Nature Sanctuary, an area closed since 1934, remained completely untouched until 2001 when the Central Park Conservancy began work on its restoration...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:59pm

PHOTOS: Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum

Scores toured the Arnold Arboretum's collection of fragrant flowers today for the annual Lilac Sundays celebration, and despite the damp weather it was a picture-perfect Mother's Day afternoon.The species ofcarefully tended plantlifeat the Harvard-run arboretum number in the tens of thousands. As...

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 3:01am

Brooklyn artist creates ‘Citizen Bridge’ to reconnect New Yorkers to waterways, reclaim public space

Rather than just trying to find a place with a nice waterfront view, Nancy Nowacek is looking to reconnect New Yorkers with the nature that surrounds them by giving them a chance to walk on water.Nowacek is the artist behind the Citizen Bridge, a proposed 1,400-foot pedestrian crossing that would...

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 1:05am