April 5, 2006 In the next few weeks, millions of songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl will begin arriving in Alaska to breed. These migratory birds — some of which wintered in Southeast Asia — could bring with them the deadly strain of bird flu known as avian influenza A, or H5N1.
March 27, 2006 Some have called George Schaller the globe's greatest living naturalist. He's been tracking and studying the Marco Polo sheep for some 20 years in a quest to create wildlife preserves in some of the world's most dangerous areas along the borders of Afghanistan, China, Tajikistan and Pakistan.
February 20, 2006 For the latest NPR/National Geographic Radio Expedition report, Elizabeth Arnold begins a journey to China's eastern Himalayas, near the border with Tibet, to profile a team of scientists studying the link between global warming and disappearing plant life high in the mountains.
February 19, 2006 While it may sound lavish, it is a practical and often required practice to hire a driver for foreign reporting assignments. Our driver was a quietly persistent man who personified the stoic determination of the people living at the Tibetan frontier of China's Yunnan Province.
January 24, 2006 While we have tents, a fuel-burning stove, canisters of fuel and seven horses, our neighbors have the clothes on their back, a large bag of barley flower (called tsampa) and utensils to prepare butter tea and possibly barley bread.
January 23, 2006 He tells me that if I am concerned about the benefits that I will receive from my pilgrimage, I can expect little. He suggests that a better attitude would be to perform the pilgrimage in the hope that it would benefit all beings.
January 23, 2006 Three experts on Tibetan Buddhism — a scholar, an anthropologist, and a former monk and translator for the Dalai Lama — talk to Bill McQuay about the finer points of some of the religion's core concepts.
January 19, 2006 Having reached the final pass of the pilgrimage I am excited, delighted and grateful for having had this opportunity to share this amazing journey with so many devout people. It's overwhelming — and frankly indescribable.