Cara Giaimo's User Profile - Atlas Obscura
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cameras

How Camera Traps Capture Rare Wildlife Candids

Researchers use camera traps to answer serious and silly questions.
July 19, 2024
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wild life excerpts

Antarctica's Largest Native Land Animal Is Actually Rather Tiny

Meet the mighty midge.
July 5, 2024
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wild life excerpts

These Hardworking Mussels Monitor Poland's Drinking Water

Polish cities trust their water quality to elite shellfish teams.
June 14, 2024
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wild life excerpts

Baby Spiders Are 'Addicted' to Flying With Mini Balloons

From Himalayan jumping spiders to brown widows, arachnids love to float over your head.
May 24, 2024
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wild life excerpts

The Surprising Complexity of Prairie Dog Language

We learn how to listen closely to these critters—they're saying a lot more than you'd think.
May 17, 2024
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wild life excerpts

Helpful Honeyguides Have a Long and Sweet Alliance With Humans

Across sub-Saharan Africa, these birds lead humans to hidden bee colonies.
May 3, 2024
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poaching

Oxpeckers Are an Early Warning System for Rhinos at Risk

As their name suggests, these small birds provide critical cleaning services to oxen, impala and other animals of the savanna—with a side hustle as rhino guards.
March 29, 2024
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naturecultures

The Small but Wonderful World of Bird Memorials

A statue in Maine made for a vagrant hawk offers one way to honor these fleeting visitors. Flaco fans take note.
March 21, 2024
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wild life excerpts

The Elegant, Intelligent Architecture of Tent-Making Bats

More than 20 species of these winged mammals construct tiny leaf homes with climate control and built-in security alarms.
March 15, 2024
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wildlife

Announcing Atlas Obscura's Upcoming Book: Wild Life!

This fall, we're offering a stunning, all-new guide to the world's living wonders.
March 13, 2024
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naturecultures

The Many Lives of ‘Sounds of North American Frogs’

This metamorphic record is a teaching tool, a flirtation device, a college radio favorite, a nostalgic object, and more. BOOP!
January 23, 2024
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borders

The Man Who Went to War With Canada

For centuries, the United States and Canada’s only remaining land border dispute has been kept alive by a single family.
September 29, 2019
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tortoises

The Celebrity Tortoise Breakup That Rocked the World

In 2011, after nearly a century together, Galápagos tortoises Bibi and Poldi called it quits. We still don’t know why.
February 13, 2019
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molasses

The Boston Molasses Flood Is Worth Taking Seriously

In 1919, a viscous 40-foot wave slammed into the city's North End, killing 21 people.
January 15, 2019
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politics

How Nevada Became the Only State Where You Can Vote for 'None of These Candidates'

In some years, a good option.
November 6, 2018
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cities

Non-Human Mammals Love the Suburbs, Too

A new study suggests they're learning to live in the urban sprawl.
October 5, 2018
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extinct animals

How to Write an Opera About Locusts

In Wyoming, a buzzworthy bug mystery hits the stage.
October 3, 2018
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turtles

96 Rare Baby Sea Turtles Just Hatched in Queens, New York

If they can make it there, they'll make it anywhere.
October 3, 2018
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european tree of the year

Voting Is Open for the U.K.'s Tree of the Year

Candidates include a tunnel made of yews, the flaky-barked "Filo Tree," and a hawthorn planted on a giant's grave.
September 28, 2018
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data

We're Hardly Using Any of Our Fossils

The vast majority are languishing in museum storage. Is it time to dig them up all over again?
September 26, 2018
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antarctic

For Sale: The First Book Printed in Antarctica

It's filled with funny accounts from Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod expedition.
September 24, 2018
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treehouses

After Five Years of Living in Trees, a Protest Community Is Being Evicted

They've been trying to stop coal mining in Germany's Hambach Forest.
September 21, 2018
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insects

Found: A Pescatarian Praying Mantis

Go big or go home.
September 20, 2018
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helicopters

Why Helicopters Are Flying Mountain Goats Over Washington State

The salt-loving, tourist-stalking goats of Olympic National Park are moving out.
September 19, 2018