Becoming One With Winter on the Sun Prairie

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National Geographic Emerging Explorer Gregg Treinish and his team at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation bring us stories from around the world about adventuring with purpose. Here, Trent Banks, a volunteer with the ASC Landmark program on the American Prairie Reserve, paints a picture of winter life on the northern Great Plains.

Story by Trent Banks

As an adventurer and explorer of wild places, I live for the mystical moments when our connection to Earth—and indeed life itself—becomes more tangible. Encounters with the elements and beasts that are wilderness can take you unaware, strip you down to your instinctual self, call all your faculties and judgment into play, and force you to explore elements of yourself previously unearthed.

There are moments of transcendence I search out, and then there are moments that seem to find me. The American Prairie Reserve is full of both.

On a cold winter’s morning, the sun begins to show its face. (Photo by Mike Quist Kautz)

I set my alarm to wake with enough time to make coffee and get to the ranch house porch for sunrise, Helios unfurling from over the Larb Hills in a day-glow array that celebrates a new day. A fluttering of wings —> Read More Here

A Family at Sea: Catching Up With the Horangics

Rainbow in Grenada

ASC touched base with the Horangic family this winter, interviewing Teddy, age 14, Helen, 12, and Basil, 8, after their family’s 15-day Atlantic crossing from Gran Canaria, Spain to St. Lucia. While Teddy and Helen both race small sailboats at home in California, none of them had ever done anything like this. During their passage, they collected two samples for ASC’s Microplastics Project.

Story by Emily Wolfe

A rainbow captured in the Grenada sky. (Photo courtesy of the Horangics)

Here are a few highlights from our chat with Teddy and her siblings:

We are living on the boat for a year, and spent the last six months sailing around the Mediterranean, hopping from island to island in the Aegean Sea. From there we sailed to Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, and finally Grand Canaria, where we spent a week preparing for our Atlantic crossing.

Sailing the big boat has been quite a change. On a dinghy, every movement counts—where you sit is important down to the centimeter, and how you move your body through the waves is essential. Tiny adjustments in sail trim are vital to winning a race. With sailing a yacht, the small details don’t matter as much. In some ways, we don’t —> Read More Here

Filmmaker Turns His Lens On One Of The Last Healthy Reefs, Because ‘We Have To Take Care Of It’

Nat Geo WILD’s second annual “Wild To Inspire” short film competition is underway.

The Huffington Post is featuring each of the four finalists selected, and the winner will be announced in March. All of the films showcase stunning images of the wild world around us in line with this year’s theme: Destination Wild.

Ohio-based filmmaker Alex Goetz spent time with the Garifuna people who live on a chain of islands called the Cayos Cohinos in Honduras. The area is recognized as one of the key places of the Mesoamerican Reef region and is now protected as a marine sanctuary where commercial fishing is banned.

The Garifuna people have been allowed to carry on with their traditional fishing methods and are seen as stewards of a reef that they hope will remain healthy for a long time to come.

“We have to take care of it, keep it clean, all the places, so we can all stay for a long time,” a resident of the Cayos Cohinos says in the film. “What makes us happy in life is to be surrounded by nature and water.”

Take a look above — you can check out the —> Read More Here

History holds valuable lessons in the war on drugs

Researchers say they’re at the forefront of a new movement delving into the deep history of illicit drug use in Latin America and how it affects the rest of the world, a history that spans numerous fields of study. It’s a history leading to the war on drugs in the United States, the largest international consumer of illegal drugs. This groundbreaking research is revealed in a current special issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review, published by Duke University Press and co-edited by Paul Gootenberg, a SUNY Distinguished Professor of History and Sociology, and Isaac Campos, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of history. —> Read More Here

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