Photo by @thomaspeschak | In a remote part of the Bahamas, green sea turtles have learned to associate the sound of conch shells being cracked by fishermen with the chance of a free meal. The prized meat of the conch (a large shellfish) is exported to the United States and beyond, while the guts and discards are eagerly eaten by the attending turtles. The parents and grandparents of these fishermen regularly caught and ate sea turtles, but today’s generation has entered into a different relationship with these marine reptiles. Instead of ending up on the dinner table, these turtles now play an important part in a fledgling community tourism project. With local conch and other fish stocks in decline, tourism is becoming more and more important to the survival of outer island communities. Shot on assignment for @natgeo in partnership with @fonassociation for a forthcoming magazine story on sea turtle conservation. I will reveal more details about this location and project when the story is published in 2019. #seaturtles#turtles#oceans#underwater#islands#wildlifephotography#love#nature
Photo by @chien_chi_chang | I have been working in New York’s Chinatown since 1992—for more than 26 years—and it is still a project in progress. Immigration is often propelled by suffering. To witness the shifting patterns of populations is to see the world in all its exigencies—war, natural disasters, repression, famine, poverty, and persecution.
But there is a rainbow at the bottom of that Pandora’s box of troubles hope, too, propels immigrants to settle in strange lands. I should know: I am one myself. #MagnumPhotos#cccontheroad
Photo by Stephen Alvarez @salvarezphoto | Close to the Edge Cave, Canada. Last month's announcement of a new cave discovery in B.C. reminded me of my first Canadian caving expedition. Close to the Edge is a huge pit in the Canadian Rockies. Remote, cold, dangerous, it's entrance shaft is 255 meters deep. I was part of a 3 man crew that pushed the cave downward to -430 meters. I remember riding south after the trip, crunching survey data in the back of a greyhound bus and calling friends from a payphone to announce we had explored what was then the second deepest cave in Canada. #explore
Video by @Joelsartore | Reaching lengths of almost nine feet, the eastern indigo snake is the longest native snake in the United States. Once abundant in the wild, this snake saw dramatic population declines as a result of over-collection for the pet trade. With the exception of Florida and Georgia, the last sightings of the eastern indigo snake in its other home states, like Alabama, date to the 1950s. Thanks to the @indigo_center , this species is getting a second chance to thrive in the wild through reintroduction efforts. Several months ago the Omaha Zoo and its partner organizations released 20 eastern indigo snakes back into the Conecuh National Forest. The program aims to release a total of 300 snakes and will monitor the health of these populations as they continue to grow. Photo taken @theomahazoo.
Photo by @nicholesobecki | Owls are already some of most persecuted birds in Africa. Now their eggs are being stolen for witchcraft—but few seem to know or care. From ancient Greece’s Owl of Athena to Harry Potter’s devoted pet Hedwig, owls have long charmed, mystified, and intrigued humans. In the contemporary West, they are often seen as symbols of wisdom. But in Africa they’re generally viewed very differently, as harbingers of evil and misfortune, or as forms taken by nefarious sorcerers. These deeply held, widespread beliefs fuel an untold number of persecution killings. The birds are also highly sought after for use in witchcraft and traditional medicine, accounting for the deaths of possibly tens of thousands owls annually. #kenya#owl#nicholesobecki@audubonsociety
Photo by @lynseyaddario | At 34 weeks pregnant, Brittany Capers, 28, and DeAndre Price, 25, enjoy their baby shower in Washington, D.C. Capers is a perinatal community health worker at Mamatoto Village, a center that supports families during pregnancy and the first six months of a baby’s life. She safely delivered a baby boy last June. During my career as a photojournalist I have documented maternal mortality across the developing world, but for my most recent @natgeo story, ‘Giving Life Can Still Be Deadly,’ I spent several months focusing on this issue at home in the U.S. and in Somaliland. The U.S. is one of only two developed countries where the rate of women dying from pregnancy has gotten worse since 1990. The rate of maternal deaths remains stubbornly high in the United States: about 14 deaths for every 100,000 live births. Black mothers are particularly at risk. Better basic care could help, as it has in the developing world.
Photo by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | Here in northern Kenya by enabling local people to manage their traditional lands and natural resources they are able to secure peace, protect the environment, and thus transform their lives. Key to this is the provision of accessible and affordable healthcare and family planning integrating this, and a strong component of ecological awareness through education results in: - The numbers of unskilled abortions and infanticides due to unwanted pregnancies declining. - Child/infant mortality declining children born three to five years apart are 2.5 times more likely to survive than children born two years apart. - Fewer girls drop out of school on account of unwanted pregnancies. - Natural resources can be distributed more equitably a smaller family puts less pressure on an already stressed ecosystem. - Water sources remain plentiful for both human, wildlife, and livestock consumption. - Degraded environments are given a chance to recover. - Human conflict over pasture reduces. - Human-wildlife conflict and poaching reduces.
In addition, when women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Involving men in family planning can lead to changes in gender norms. Thus by improving the quality of life of these communities and as a result reducing human/wildlife population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna are able to thrive and there’s a reduced risk of conflict and poaching to endangered and vulnerable species such as elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, Grevy's zebra, Hirola antelope, and countless others - Kenya’s human population is currently increasing by approximately one million every year. To see more work and projects follow me @chancellordavid#withbutterfliesandwarriors
Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Waiting for Victoria’s Secret to open after Friday evening prayers last week at the Kingdom Centre Mall, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. #ModernIslam . To see more from the desert kingdom, follow @geosteinmetz
Photo by @drewtrush | As I get ready to really jump into winter here in the northern hemisphere it's hard not to think about warmer times and warmer climbs in Utah this summer, especially taking in this view of Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. #commonground#publiclands#cameraphonesrock
Photo by @CarltonWard | The Saint Johns River is the longest river in Florida, flowing 310 miles from marshy headwaters southeast of Orlando northward to the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville. The elevation change from source to sea is only 30 feet, an average slope of just over one inch per mile. The river swells into several wide lakes, including Puzzle Lake, shown in this aerial. Florida has 12 million acres of designated wetlands, the most of any state other than Alaska. Efforts to protect wetlands, including the Everglades, St. Johns, and Suwannee, have laid the foundation for the statewide Florida Wildlife Corridor. I paddled through Puzzle Lake during the 2012 Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition (supported by @insidenatgeo ), which worked to raise awareness of the importance of keeping green space connected. This week's ruling by the Trump Administration to roll back protections of wetlands under the Clean Water Act exposes nearly 6 million acres of Florida wetlands to reclassification and potentially greater risk. Florida averages 50 inches of rain per year, most falling in the summer wet season, when much of the state's 40 million acres act as wetlands. When it comes to conservation in Florida, it needs to be land and water, because land and water here are so closely connected. #FloridaWildlifeCorridor#FloridaWild#KeepFLWild@natgeoimagecollection@FL_WildCorridor#pathofthepanther
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Great Wall Home: In 2006 it was estimated 40 million people still live in cave dwellings in China, the majority of them in the Loess Plateau. Recently the Chinese government has been trying to relocate many of the cave dwellers to modern apartments in an attempt to eliminate extreme poverty in the country. Though in most cases the relocation is voluntary, many of the residents see no reason to leave their cave homes. Wang Yulian and his wife, Wang Youshen, live in a rock-solid but poorly ventilated cave house, built into the Great Wall in Laoying, Shanxi. #greatwall#Shanxi#cavehouse#loessplateau