This Summer’s 5 Best Wildlife Webcams.
The wonder is closer than you might think—practically at your fingertips!
Ward off the heat, sit back, and watch—from a front-row seat within the comfort of your own natural habitat—nature’s latest live performance.
The live cam provides an up-close view of coral, which shrimp and several types of fish use as a cleaning station.
Housing hundreds of fish and 35 different types of coral, the waters surrounding the Grand Cayman contain a world within a world that you now have access to—no aquarium ticket or snorkel necessary!
From Bavaria, Germany, this live hive cam—a favorite among Sierra readers—provides infrared footage of a bee colony that exists within a hollow log.
The tireless and lively activity of honeybees yields naturally sweet goodness but also sustains our ecosystems via the necessary pollination of many crops.
Found in dire circumstances in Tennessee (an illegally imported exotic pet, she was found chained to the wall during a drug bust), transferred to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, and in 2001 rescued by Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, Nikita now spends her days roaming, eating, and lounging in safety and sunny comfort.
Weighing in at almost 500 pounds, Nikita is larger than most male lions, which on average weigh 416 pounds.
Osprey Cam This wildlife cam, set up in the Chesapeake Conservancy on Kent Island in Maryland, spotlights a local osprey couple, Audrey and Tom.
It’s among the most satisfying of all outdoor experiences: Standing in a deluge, you watch the rain bead off your waterproof jacket like droplets off a freshly waxed Porsche.
Would you feel even better knowing that the repellent function stems from sustainable materials?
For decades, manufacturers have coated waterproof fabrics with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish made of long-chain perfluorocarbons (PFCs) that contained a troublesome eight-carbon molecule called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
But PFOA is like the pesky party guest that doesn’t realize when it’s time to leave.
PFOA doesn’t break down in the environment—it’ll outlast the very mountains that hikers love to climb—and studies have found that just about everyone, in countries across the globe, has traces of it in his or her blood.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies PFOA as a suspected carcinogen.
And they’re not as long-lasting, so jackets treated with C6 coatings Plus, C6 finishes aren’t quite as good as C8 at repelling water.
The good news is that various global brands Various brands are field-testing Altopel F3 to see if it offers the durability and staying power that consumers now expect and desire.
So, what’s the best way to make sure a sustainable alternative like Altopel F3 appears on a jacket you can buy?
10 Craft Beers You Need to Drink on the Pacific Crest Trail.
It gets blazingly hot in Southern California’s Mojave Desert—so hot that the only thing a thru-hiker’s parched brain can think about after a while is a cold beer.
A thousand miles to the north, in the alpine forests of Oregon, it gets cold and rainy—so rainy that the only thing a thru-hiker’s frozen bones will long for is a robust stout to heat them up from the inside out.
Welcome to the Pacific Crest Trail, the long trail that doubles as the world’s most committing brewery crawl.
“Do I think about beer?
Yeah, like all the time,” says triple-crowner Liz Thomas.
Over the past decade, Thomas has backpacked more than 15,000 miles and holds the unsupported women’s speed record for the Appalachian Trail.
(She’s also the instructor of Backpacker’s Thru-Hiking 101 course.)
“When you are a day from the next town and it’s raining and people are slogging through it, someone will say, ‘c’mon, let’s get a beer.’ It’s a pretty common refrain.” Thomas knows her porters from her stouts.
But once thru-hikers reach the mountains of the northwest, breweries are almost as common as mosquitos.
The Science of Why You Love the Wilderness.
We caught up with her to learn a little more about her research.
So we’re living in this totally new habitat that we didn’t evolve in.
People who are uncomfortable with the connection to technology, who are noticing these rising levels of indoor problems like obesity, depression, and anxiety in so many young people.
I think a lot of scientists who are doing this work really understand the importance of reaching the public with their findings.
My book is written in the first person as I experienced a big change in my own personal habitat moving from Boulder, Colorado to Washington, D.C.
I’m very moved by the nature kindergartens, and by programs that are getting older kids outside too.
After a while, some people can get a bit desensitized, even to beautiful views.
People who are on their phones while taking a walk literally don’t see or notice any more than someone who didn’t go on the walk at all.
I’ve already been asked to give talks to planning departments that are trying to build arguments for why funding parks is important.
11 Wilderness and Backpacking Myths Explained.
They are essential skills of self-reliance and living safely in the wild.
On Ouward Bound courses students learn how to prevent common injuries and also what to do if these things happen.
How would you feel if someone put soap in your drinking water or chemicals in the water you lived in?
Carry water from the stream and use small amounts of biodegradable soap.
Myth #5: Hypothermia only happens when it’s cold or in winter.
It’s best to let them find their own food, and for you to carry out any scraps you produce.
One of the best things about going light when backpacking is to realize how little we need in order to be comfortable in the wild.
Myth #10: The best cooking is over a campfire.
There you have it, wilderness and backpacking myths are explained.
On the C&O Canal, History Meets the Wild.
“Laborers worked 12 to 15 hour days in all kinds of weather, beginning at sunup and continuing to sundown,” the NPS narrative says.
His dream was partly realized when President John Quincy Adams turned the first shovelful of dirt for the C&O Canal in 1828.
The Washington Post supported the idea, but Associate Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, one of the most influential conservationists of the time, had another proposal: “I wish the man who wrote your editorial of January 3, 1954, approving the Parkway, would take time off and come with me,” Douglas wrote in a letter to the editors of the Post.
“We would go with packs on our backs and walk the 185 miles to Cumberland.
They left from Cumberland, reaching a cheering crowd of 50,000 in Georgetown eight days later.
The land was declared a national monument in 1961, and in 1971 President Nixon signed a bill creating the C&O Canal National Historical Park that exists today.
On day three of our journey, my dad and I awake at the Licking Creek Aqueduct campsite.
The canal’s intricate stonework bows in submission to tree roots.
Through rain and sun and every mood, my dad and I traveled our public lands together, writing some of our own history of the place.