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Airports May Skip Mowing the Grass to Decrease Bird Strikes

August 15, 2014 at 7:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve heard of plenty of options to reduce the instances of bird strikes at airports across the globe. Not only are things dangerous for the planes and people involved, but we’re pretty sure it’s not a wonderful experience for the birds either.

One airport in Ohio is now testing out something different, and it should even save some money when it comes to the airport landscaping budget. Dayton International Airport is adding some tall prairie grass to around 200 acres in and around the airport, and their goal is to get the new stuff planted where planes take off and land all before the end of the year.

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British Airways' New In-Flight Entertainment Will Be Truly Aww-Inspiring

August 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM | by | Comment (1)

From the airline that brought you a channel dedicated to a 7-hour train trip through Norway now comes a channel devoted to nonstop cuteness. Debuting this September on British Airways' long-haul flights, "Paws and Relax" will initially lead off with the comic series "Simon’s Cat," the documentary "The Secret Life of Cats," and the awwww-inspiring "America’s Cutest Dog."

It's obviously a departure from the usual in-flight fare of almost-new movie releases and TV series from B-list actors, but "Paws and Relax" is based on the very real research that watching cute animals lowers blood pressure and facilitates relaxation. The goal? To "enhance the wellbeing of customers" flying BA.

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Where to Find the World's Smallest (and Therefore Cutest) Bear

Where: Sepilok, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
July 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Time to add another novelty to the list of cool things you can see in the jungles of Borneo: The world's smallest bear, the Sun Bear, is now on display at the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre in Sepilok in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Opened to the public this year, the Conservation Centre attempts to rehabilitate sun bears that have been the victims of deforestation and, believe it or not, those that have been mistreated as pets. Apparently, people have made a habit of poaching them as cubs, keeping them in cages and raising them like a dog while they're little. But ultimately, things go wrong as they grow and suffer from a life of captivity.

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Help 'Great Projects' Protect the Tigers of India

Where: India
June 3, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Great Projects has put together a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India where volunteers will not only help protect endangered tigers, but they will also stay in the reserve they call home.

The project takes place in the prestigious Kanha National Park, the same location that gave Rudyard Kipling with inspiration to write The Jungle Book.

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When to Go Whale Watching: The Best Cities and Seasons

May 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (4)

Even whales prefer to travel in the summer months, and their mass migrations attract larger crowds of human spectators across the globe. From humpbacks to minkes and grays to sperm whales, there's plenty of variety to these giant mammals and plenty more places to spot them in their natural habitat.

In general, right now is the season most whales are on the move, heading to cooler waters to grab a good feed until the temps start to drop again, at which time they head back to warmer water. In the Northern Hemisphere, we're lucky that whale watching season also corresponds with the start of summer travels, but the Southern Hemisphere's winter season might make for a chilly boat ride out to the say "hi" to the gentle giants.

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Travel Snapshot: This Bridge Only Serves an Island's Eight-Legged Residents

May 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling around the globe to experience new and exciting places is one tried and true reason to hop on a plane. The resulting numb butt and bloodshot eyes are only a small price to pay to see something you couldn't see in your own backyard, and that's why this travel snapshot is so neat.

We came across the above bridge with little understanding of what it could be, but once we figured it out, the cleverness of its design and function were a "duh" shocker. Before we reveal the full details on where and what this is, here are a few clues:

· The country in which this photo was taken has more crustacean residents (43.7 million-ish) than people (2,100).
· The above overpass has a heavy traffic season right around November-December.
· With about 3 flights per week, this destination is not easy to reach but completely worth the trouble.
· Although very tropical, this location is a far departure from cocktails and infinity pools.

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Amtrak Finally Welcomes Furry Friends for a Fee

May 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fido and Fluffy will no longer be sad back at home during your next trip, as Amtrak is now welcoming furry friends on certain trains and some routes. Just yesterday Amtrak started up this new program, so now you can plan your vacation itinerary with some tourist stops that your dog will enjoy as well—world’s largest fire hydrant?

The train transportation giant has a few special cars that will allow pets as part of a trial run that will do its thing for like six months or so. Amtrak's Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains that do their thing between spots in Illinois like Chicago and Quincy are part of the pilot, and if the animals behave things might just become available nationwide on more trains and more routes.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Disneynature's 'Bears'

April 21, 2014 at 3:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Disneynature is promising moviegoers will be on cute overload as Bears hit the big screen this last weekend.

The live action movie follows a year in the life of two young cubs as they are "are taught life’s most important lessons."

Disneynature's Bears was filmed in several national parks throughout the Alaska Peninsula. To honor the bears' habitat and celebrate Earth Day, Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation for every ticket sold during the movie's opening week, April 18-24.

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Wanna Help Haul a Flock of Flamingos?

Where: Mexico
April 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Occidental Grand Xcaret, located next to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park in Riviera Maya, Mexico, is giving guests two unique ways to get a hands-on conservation experience.

Option 1: an opportunity to get up and close and personal with the hotel's Flamingo Flock as a trainer. Every day hotel guests can help park trainers carry the flamingos one-by-one into a public area during their "walk around times" in the morning and afternoon. Talk about getting "hands on" with the local wildlife!

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Crabs, Crabs Everywhere But Not a One to Eat: Spotting the Christmas Island Locals

April 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

A tiny stamp of land in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a haven for crabs, birds, and, as a territory of Australia, even for asylum-seekers. Why would anyone pay the expensive airfare and trek so far to visit Christmas Island? This is the question we'll be answering all week.

Yesterday we showed you how to get to the distant tropical paradise of Christmas Island, so it's about time we highlight what's actually worth doing on the island.

Along with rocky shorelines, killer sunrises and sunsets, the island is home to a plethora of exotic animals. The most popular of these, and certainly the most visible, is the red crab, which migrates across the island to spawn and hatch their young once a year. Although the island is completely taken over by the crabs in the Southern Hemisphere's early summer, rest assured spotting the crabs isn't a difficult feat any other time of the year. These little red decapods can be found all over the place, mingling with plenty of other crab varieties, like robber, blue, hermit, little nipper and ghost crabs.

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You've Heard of Cat Cafes, but What About Puppy Cafes?

February 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Cat Cafes are nothing new, but you'd think so with all the talk this week surrounding the rumors that Boston and San Francisco are locked in a race to open the USA's first such cafe full of felines. The Atlantic reported that while "Miaou Boston" and "KitTea San Francisco" have launched social media channels and filed approvals, neither has yet appeased authorities when it comes to allowing animals and food to peacefully coexist for commerce.

While we patiently wait for a resolution, Canada has however succeeded in making progress towards the debut of what will be the first cat cafe in North America: Café Chat l’Heureux in Montreal. The grand opening, which isn't excepted until this summer, will naturally be step one towards the cafe's goal to "facilitate the adoption of cats, promote the awareness of animal issues, and hopefully better the lives of customers with calming 'cat therapy.'"

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How to Volunteer at the Florida Keys' Dolphin Research Center

February 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of places along the Florida coast to see dolphins, swim with dolphins, or even kiss a few dolphins, but there is also one that is simply dedicated to learning about dolphins.

The Dolphin Research Center, located on Grassy Key, is a nonprofit education and research facility that hosts public programs and non-invasive research projects. The colony of bottlenose dolphins and sea lions that call the DRC home live in a natural environment and help researchers learn how they think and how they behave.

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