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Did you know? The average weight of a hummingbird is less than a nickel. They are the only birds that can fly backwards and hover due to their wing movement in a figure-eight pattern. Hummingbirds beat their wings more than 50 times per second and...

Each year, millions of birds migrate long distances during the spring and fall. Many start their journeys in southern Canada and end up in South America, traversing across the United States. To protect them, Congress enacted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in 1918. The...

Happy 75thBirthday to Smokey Bear! Created August 9, 1944 by the US Forest Service and the Ad Council, Smokey became the symbol for their combined effort to prevent forest fires. Artist Albert Staehle painted the first poster of Smokey Bear which depicted the fictional bear...

Assateague Island National Seashore, a 37-mile long barrier island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland, is home to a band of “wild” horses. Technically considered “feral” (descendants of domesticated horses that have returned to a wild state), they are a huge reason people visit...

In 2012, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis sang about their adventures at the “Thrift Shop” and the lyric “poppin’ tags” became a catchphrase. And thanks to the current fascination with decluttering, those thrift shops are packed full of fantastic finds today. From designer clothes at a...

On Sunday, July 14, 2019 nearly 49,000 fish escaped from Norwegian salmon farmer SinkabergHansen’s net pen farm at Oksabåsen, near Trondheim. It was determined the escape occurred after mechanical delousing had been carried out in a cage. The cage contained only 76,115 fish, down from...

“There’s that tension between what is art and what is garbage which can hopefully be translated into wanting to take care of our planet.” Those are the words of Fine Art Photographer Jennifer Bucheit. She explores that tension in her photography series “Again & Again:...

Fireworks. That glorious spectacle used to celebrate everything from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl, from weddings to the New Year. In America, fireworks are most frequently used to commemorate Independence Day. And while they offer exciting, heart-pounding entertainment to humans, their effects on...

Here in the United States, we are in the midst of summer vacation season. And the oceans are always a great place to visit! Travelers are welcomed at 15 national marine sanctuaries and monuments in the US, encompassing over 600,000 square miles of underwater parks....