Steam is coming out of our planet’s ears. Earth is overheating and being trampled to death. The land, the waters, the complex, intermingled ecosystems, the creatures great and small, and humankind—all must be protected. Hero Rats — giant rats with an extraordinary sense of smell who can sniff out landmines and identify tuberculosis patients — cost US $84 per year to sponsor. The Churchill Northern Research Center studies the arctic and its denizens, particularly the polar bears congregating at Hudson Bay. These southernmost polar bears are losing the capacity to oversummer as temperatures rise and the ice melts. Professor Eduardo Carrillo studies jaguars in Costa Rica. As the apex predator, their health heralds the future of the land and all its inhabitants.

Each of us acting for the planet will save it.

Her Friends Call her Lady Jaguar

Her friends call Carolina Saenz-Bolanos Lady Jaguar, and for good reason. She has spent years walking in Costa Rica’s wild places seeking the sacred jungle spirit, the creature of legend, the capstone species of the nation. She has seen peccary herds explode in fear. She has heard the jungle hush. She has seen jaguars swimming […]

Canadian Geographic Runs Excerpt of the LiveBig! book and an Interview with Heidi

An excerpt from Heidi’s forthcoming book LiveBig! is featured in Canadian Geographic’s January/February 2016 print edition. Editor Aaron Kylie’s interview of Heidi is on their website at

The book is an historic story of tragedy to triumph and reveals the behind-the-scenes story of the tragic 2003 avalanche that buried a school group of 17 from […]

My glaciers are dying

As someone whose strength was forged climbing glaciated peaks, in August I stood on British Columbia’s Devine glacier watching water heave down a millwell large enough to eat a truck. Numerous arteries roared into a death spiral that consumed the brilliant blue ice. In five years Devine’s depth had lost 25 feet and the toe […]

Africa raw

Our family visited Kenya during a lull in the riots under the watchful eye of legendary mountaineer and guide Iain Allen. Except for the Mara and the Swahili island of Lamu, we saw virtually no other tourists. During a visit with the Samburu tribe, cousins to the Masaii, we were allowed to watch the tribe’s […]

Walking with dinosaurs

Kneeling against a large mound of sandy dirt, sweat rilling down my face and my hammer and awl set aside, I used my fingers to remove a few chunks of dirt.  As the soil shattered, I recognized the telltale chocolate brown of dinosaur bone, come to light for the first time in 65 million years.  […]

The final baby was the one who got me

The final baby was the one who got me. Barely three and a half feet tall, the smallest and struggling to keep up, he intermittently trudged and trotted mightily at the end of the line. It was late afternoon and they were coming in for the evening. Some plodded slowly, ears hanging. Hungry and tired […]

In Memoriam: Lhotse of the Big Heart

Today is Lhotse’s last day in her golden, slightly goofy bear-dog skin. I lay some hours with her in her spot, in front of the house on the green lawn, with the autumn milk sky above and the sound of birdcalls. As my grooming brush burnished her luxuriant fur, it seemed to remove her pain […]