John James Audubon relied on African Americans and Native Americans to collect some specimens for his ‘Birds of America’ prints (shown: Florida cormorant), but never credited them.
National Audubon Society
US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.
To some Americans, the figures on Mount Rushmore are patriotic leaders; to others, they’re colonizers.
AP Photo/Stephen Groves
For some viewers, President Trump's July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore represented love of country. Others saw it very differently.
The American mink has invaded much of Europe and South America. This one was pictured in Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.
Tim Blackburn, UCL
Our research investigated 900 'alien' species across almost 200,000 protected areas worldwide.
Animals in national parks are sometimes harassed by tourists.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
With national parks closed in many parts of North America, now is the time to rethink how we protect natural areas.
Seismic exploration lines cut through boreal forest near Fort McMurray, Alta.
(Scott E. Nielsen)
New research identifies areas where species may take refuge as the climate changes and finds they're largely unprotected.
Photographer Ansel Adams poses on a bluff with his camera.
Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS/VCG via Getty Images
Largely self-taught, Adams learned to harness the communicative power of photography during his years as a marketing photographer.
The teddybear bee is a native Australian species.
In NSW, honeybees are listed as a key threatening process to biodiversity.
The waters of Quitobaquito in southern Arizona have attracted diverse visitors for thousands of years.
Border wall construction through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona is encroaching on a site where people from many cultures have interacted for thousands of years.
A cyclist in San Bernadino National Forest, where e-bikes were previously banned.
The Trump administration has moved to allow electric bikes on all federally owned trails where normal bikes are allowed. A public lands scholar weighs in on the issues this could cause.
What can your vacation pix tell scientists?
To untangle the relationship between climate change, fall foliage and national park visitors, researchers are asking tourists to check their old photo albums for snapshots that could hold valuable data.
Grazing from kangaroos affects vulnerable native species.
Public opposition to kangaroo culls shouldn't overrule the needs of thousands of other native species in national parks.
The values of a national park, translated to an urban context, to make life better for local people.
Entry to Mount Rushmore along the Avenue of Flags.
Patriotism means pride in country, but what are we proud of? A former national park ranger suggests that visiting historic sites can remind Americans of the heritage, good and bad, that they share.
The endangered Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby is one of Victoria’s threatened species.
Victoria's environment is taking a pounding, but an ambitious report offers a way forward – not just for that state, but for the whole of Australia.
The Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Each new luxury ecotourism development becomes a precedent to allow future incursions.
Southern Ocean Lodge/AAP
Around Australia, and the world, national parks are under threat from the curious paradox of luxury ecotourism.
Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland National Park, UK.
Approximately 50% of the UK's poorest people live over 15 miles from a national park and most people require transport to get to them.
Dawn on the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon, which marks 100 years as a national park on Feb. 26, 2019, is known today as an iconic natural wonder. But early European visitors weren't impressed.
The world’s remaining wilderness. Dark blue = terrestrial. Light blue = marine.
Modified with permission from Protect the last of the wild, Watson et al, Nature (2018)
Zooming in on deforestation and other wild habitat loss can help us work out how best to protect wilderness.
Elk on the move in Yellowstone National Park.
What is the best way to conserve US national parks in a climate-altered future? One answer is connecting parks and other public lands, so plants and animals can shift their ranges.
Heading off on a bushwalk in a national park over the summer break? Don't be tempted to bushwhack it. Research shows many walkers don't realise the danger of straying off the beaten track.