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The Secret Lives of Wild Animals

From the Rocky Mountains to the Jersey shore, and from African savannas to Antarctica’s frozen waters, scientists are collecting new information about the secret lives of wild animals. Field glasses and makeshift perches have given way to sophisticated new vantage points. Modern technologies like global tracking systems and ultra-miniaturized sensors now provide researchers with intimate glimpses of rarely seen behaviors. These efforts lead to a better understanding of the myriad interactions between land and beast, and the very balance of nature, as well as new ideas about how we live together on a shrinking planet.

Image: Animal montage Illustration
Credit: Nicolle Rager Fuller. National Science Foundation