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Photo by @FransLanting As frail as they are, Monarch butterflies are powerful symbols for the vibrant connections between Mexico, the US and Canada. They spend their summers in the US where they reproduce, but they need Mexico’s mountains to overwinter and as global warming progresses, they will need Canada as an extension of their range. At a time when some think borders need walls to become barriers, Monarchs flutter back and forth at will and unite a continent. Monarchs cannot be claimed by a single country, but we all have a stake in their future. Unsustainable logging in Mexico’s mountains deprives Monarchs of critical habitat. The industrial use of pesticides in the US has dramatically reduced their numbers and that deprives people in Mexico—and everywhere else—of a natural wonder that has no equal on earth. Monarchs can only thrive when people unite to protect them. Check @FransLanting for more images of their astonishing gatherings in Mexico and see what happens when a snowstorm brings millions down to the ground. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety @XercesSociety #Butterfly #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch #Migration


Arosa - Switzerland is a winter wonderland ✨❤️❤️❤️✨ Video by our friend ✨✨@mageefilms✨✨ follow his amazing feed!!!

Arosa, Switzerland

Photo @stephen_matera // Balsamroot at sunset, Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena Crest, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Tom McCall Preserve comes alive every spring with the spectacular wildflower bloom. Rowena Crest is in the transition zone between the moist west side of the Cascades and drier mountains and prairies of eastern Oregon. Catch it at the right time, usually early May, and you can get the blues and purples of lupine and yellows of the balsamroot together. Follow me @stephen_matera for more images like this from Oregon and around the world. #rowenacrest #columbiariver #gorge

Rowena Crest Viewpoint

[ #BreakingBarriers ] The Eagle | Photograph by Audrey Jeane Edler (@audreyjeane)

#YourShotPhotographer Audrey Jeane Edler writes, ‘Damel is a young Kazakh girl learning to hunt with the eagle. Traditionally, this role was passed from father to son. Damel is one of a handful of girls now carrying on this tradition. She bonds with her eagle daily, learning the proper way to feed, handle, and care for the bird. In Northwestern Mongolia, the eagle is not just a pet, it’s part of their cultural tradition where they are trained to hunt foxes, wolves, and rabbits for the family.’
This photo is powerful in many ways. Audrey not only made a thoughtful portrait of a young woman and her eagle, in the caption she educates her audience about how important eagles are to Mongolian culture. Another layer of education comes when she informs us that usually sons carry on the tradition of caring for eagles but Damel is one very few girls carrying on the tradition.
Photography isn’t just about capturing the right moment, but finding the moments that can delight and educate.”— @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)

March is #WomensHistoryMonth and to honor the women in our community and around the globe, @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas curated 31 Your Shot images that celebrates women to be featured each day this month. #natgeowomen


One of the best experiences to drive around the country in Austria with @audiofficial and @bestofthealps
#bestofthealps #audi #quattro

Kitzbühel, Austria

Photo by @rexiecat
Hello, world! It’s time for a very special edition of #WeeklyFluff. Meet Rexie (@rexiecat), the 3-year-old “handicat” who harnesses his #cattitude every day. “Despite lacking the ability to use his rear end due to an injury, Rexie by no means lets it slow him down,” explains Rexie’s human, Dasha. “Even if he has to use only his two feet to walk, he still manages to move around very easily, and he actually runs pretty fast!”
Watch our story to learn more about Rexie’s world. 🐾

Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Russia

Sudan, the last male white rhino on Earth, passed away yesterday at his home in Kenya. Photographer @amivitale was there after covering Sudan for many years. Vitale - "With a heavy heart, I share this news and hope that Sudan's legacy will awaken us to protect this magnificent and fragile planet. Yesterday, Zachariah Mutai comforted Sudan, the last living male Northern White Rhino moments before he passed away. Sudan lived a long, healthy life at the conservancy after he was brought to Kenya from @safari_park_dvur_kralov in the #czechrepublic in 2009. He died surrounded by people who loved him at @olpejeta after suffering from age-related complications. The two female northern white rhinos left on the planet are his direct descendants. The impact that this special animal has had on conservation is simply incredible. And there is still hope in the future that the subspecies might be restored through IVF. Support this important work:"


chasing winter // mountain escapes w/ @garethpon - I basically didn’t take a single photo all weekend but I did shoot a couple videos on my phone 🏂

Park City, Utah

My favorite street.

Takashimaya Nihonbashi

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