January 30, 1998

GLACIERS: Pulse of the Ice Ages

One of our planet’s long-term cycles is the cycles of global ice ages.

January 29, 1998

GLACIERS: Climate Traps

Atmospheric debris collects in the slow-forming ice of glaciers, making them a “time capsule” of climate information.

January 28, 1998

GLACIERS: Basics

Winter in the United States turns our thoughts to the slow flow of glaciers across the planet.

January 27, 1998

NAKED MOLE RATS: Working Together

This month, the bizarre Naked Mole Rats of northeast Africa are banding together to tunnel for tubers.

January 26, 1998

NAKED MOLE RATS: January Rains

With January’s rainy season in northeast Africa comes a sudden start to the burrowing of the Naked Mole Rats.

January 23, 1998

UNDERWATER WINTER: Otters and Beavers

River otters take advantage of beavers in every way they can without actually preying on them.

January 22, 1998

UNDERWATER WINTER: Beavers

Beavers are animals whose resourcefulness helps them to make it through the winter.

January 21, 1998

UNDERWATER WINTER: Otters

Otters are able to make it through the difficult winter with flair and “good spirits”.

January 20, 1998

UNDERWATER WINTER: Adaptations

How do mammals survive life in and around a frozen pond during the winter?

January 19, 1998

UNDERWATER WINTER: Changes

When ponds freeze over, life goes on, amidst this major transformation of the ecosystem.

January 16, 1998

ANTARCTIC SUMMER: Arctic Tern

Summertime at the southern pole brings with it the bittersweet sound of the Arctic Terns, who spend their years migrating between northern and southern summers.

January 15, 1998

ANTARCTIC SUMMER: Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo penguins are giving birth this month, at the bottom of the world.

January 14, 1998

ANTARCTIC SUMMER: Cormorants

It’s summer in Antarctica, and the blue-eyed cormorants there are building their seaweed nests.

January 13, 1998

SILVESTERKLAUSEN

Giant bells, elaborate costumes, and beautiful yodels: it’s New Year’s Eve in Urnsch, Switzerland.

January 12, 1998

NAKED MOLE RATS

Picture a hot dog that’s been left in the microwave a little too long and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what a Naked Mole Rat looks like.

January 9, 1998

VODOU EPIPHANY: Les Trois Rois

Haitian Vodou is a source of strength and solace to its followers, in the face of widespread poverty and despair.

January 8, 1998

VODOU EPIPHANY: Coupez Gateau

The ritual of coupez gateau is one of the ways the Catholic holiday has been incorporated into Haitian Vodou.

January 7, 1998

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS

According to the old Julian calendar, Christmas falls on January 7th. It’s a day of prayer and song throughout the Russian Orthodox World.

January 6, 1998

VODOU EPIPHANY: Syncretism

In Haiti, the feast of the Epiphany is celebrated in both Catholic and Vodou traditions.

January 5, 1998

TWELFTH NIGHT

The last night of the Christmas season, December 5th, is Twelfth Night. At midnight, it’s said, the animals might just start talking. Today, we’ve got a selection of speaking beasts.

January 2, 1998

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES: Tracking

Where do Leatherback Sea Turtles go, once they’ve left the beaches where they were born?

January 1, 1998

HATSUMODE

Hatsumode is the ritual first visit of the year to a Japanese Shinto or Buddhist temple.