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Wildlife

Sri Lanka Wildlife and Culture Travel Tale

Sri Lanka Wildlife and Culture Travel Tale

This is a perfect, tropical morning. With the sun just rising, palm trees cast long shadows on the beach, their fronds etched in sharp silhouettes. Close inshore, fishing dhows dot the languid, blue sea. Hundreds of…

Field Guide to the Birds of China

When I first headed to China in 1985, the only guide to the country’s birds was a (then) recently published volume by museum man Rudolphe Meyer de Schauensee, who reportedly figured he could learn all he…

science

Fightback Needed as Science and Life Support System Under Attack

Fightback Needed as Science and Life Support System Under Attack

Growing up in the 1970s, I loved the outdoors and wildlife, and was highly impressed by the environmental movement, which to me seemed brimful of energy and optimism. “Save the…

Secret World of Hong Kong Water Supply

Secret World of Hong Kong Water Supply

Tower X, High Island Reservoir Travelling along the south shore of High Island Reservoir, east of Sai Kung, you might barely notice Tower X. It looks like a concrete cylinder…

travel

Old Towns and Snow Peaks inc Shangri-La in Northwest Yunnan

Old Towns and Snow Peaks inc Shangri-La in Northwest Yunnan

Lots of Places You Absolutely Want to Go Daybreak in western Yunnan. Clouds are tinted pink by the sun, rising over hills bounding the eastern horizon, beyond Erhai Lake. Below…

To the Spice Islands of Wallacea

To the Spice Islands of Wallacea

Approaching Ternate from the air, I see a volcano rising from tropical blue sea, with green slopes, clusters of small houses near the shoreline.  Nowadays, Ternate is an outpost of…