Albuquerque

Photo: John Fowler, Watermelon Mountain Albuquerque (Beeʼeldííl Dahsinil in Diné) is New Mexico’s most populous city and home to the University of New Mexico. The first week of October check out the International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest such gathering of hot-air balloons from around the globe. Favorite Places Frontier Restaurant, an Albuquerque tradition located …

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is located in California and Nevada east of the Sierra Nevada, occupying a transition zone between the Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. Tupippuh Nummu means “Our Homeland” in the language of the Timbisha Shoshone, the native people of Death Valley. Timbisha is their name for the valley as well. The word ‘Timbisha’ refers to a sacred …

World Network of Biosphere Reserves, Status Report

Poster: Masurian Lakes Biosphere Reserve Publisher’s Note: We are editing and adding links to UNESCO Press Release The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme meeting in Paris has added 23 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, including four that straddle national boundaries. These additions were made during the MAB …

Natural World 06.2017

Photo: Gold Butte National Monument Snapshots from the natural world, June 2017 Planeta.com World Environment Day Zion National Park #30DaysWild Twitter Moment Natural World 06.2017 Slideshare World Environment Day #wed2017 from ron mader

How do we value the Great Barrier Reef?

Recommended Reading: The Deloitte Access Economics has estimated the economic, social and iconic value of the Great Barrier Reef in a report  – At what price? The economic, social and icon value of the Great Barrier Reef – commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Among the take-aways: The Great Barrier Reef contributed $6.4 billion in …

Matariki

Matariki is a distinctly New Zealand tradition. Matariki is the Māori name for the stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster in the constellation Taurus. Celebrations begin on the day of the first new moon following the rising of the star cluster. In 2017 the Matariki star cluster rose in New Zealand skies on …

Biotweeps Hosts Online Convo June 28-30 #BTCon17

Poster: #BTCon17 Publisher’s note – We will be updating this preview with highlights and links. Suggestions are welcome in comments.  Biotweeps hosts its online #BTCon17 conference this week June 28-30. The conference runs three days: Day 1 features 12 invited presenters; Day 2 features 40 presenters; Day 3 features science writers and artists. Presenters will …

Touring Tequila, Jalisco

Poster: What are your favorite tequilas? Mexico’s beloved drink is produced in Tequila, Jalisco a small town that lies in the shadow of a volcano. World Heritage The Mexican government has declared the town one of the country’s ‘magic villages’ or pueblos magicos, indicating the place has significant historical and architectural value. In July 2006 …

Webinar: Visitor Use Management Framework

Presenting the new Visitor Use Management Framework (VUM) Part 1 June 22, 2017, 10:00 (MST) The Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group (TAPAS Group) is a network of professionals committed to promoting sustainable tourism in protected areas globally, and whose mission is to provide a forum where people collaborate, stimulate dialogue, share expertise, develop and …

Teotitlán del Valle

Photo: Masked Mexico – Walk with the Weavers and spend time in the Place of the Gods. The Zapotec community of Teotitlán del Valle (elevation: 1,670 meters or 5,500 feet) is world-famous for production of colorful weavings (laadi in the local language). Natural World In the Náhuatl language of the Aztecs, the name of the …