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  • Greek Monsters

    Ancient Greek storytellers were inspired by the world around them

    SEA MONSTERS: Many ancient Greek sea monsters sometimes took the name “Cetus”, from which we drive our word “cetacean.”
  • Meet Ranger Martinez

    This National Park Ranger is the chief historian at Pearl Harbor

    National Park Service Ranger Daniel Martinez is the historian of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Here, Martinez, right, addresses a group of visitors and sailors from the Pearl Harbor Surface Navy Association (SNA) at the site of the USS Arizona relics. The Arizona relics are parts of the battleship that were removed from the water after the Arizona sunk on December 7, 1941.
  • Meet Travis Dalke

    This wilderness pilot has a bird's-eye-view of wild Alaska

    Travis Dalke is an Alaskan wilderness pilot. Through aviation he explores some of the grandest landscapes in the world every day—and he gets to call it a career.

Real-World Geography: For the Birds

Meet some of our feathered (and not-so-feathered) avian allies!

Condor Close-Up

Photo. Bald . . . and beautiful?

Bird’s Eye View

Owls can’t move their eyeballs. In fact, owls don’t have eyeballs at all!

How Do Birds Navigate?

Complex reactions between a bird’s beak, eyes, brain, and ears allow it to accurately navigate across thousands of kilometers.

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