Outdoors & Recreation News

A hand-written note at the start of a trail I hiked last week warned people to lock their cars because there were bears in the area. (That made me imagine a bear breaking into my truck and driving off.) Later in the week I saw a video posted on Facebook showing a black bear balancing high in a chokecherry bush where it was munching on the tree’s fruit.

A big hurricane slammed into the East Coast of the United States last week. Hurricane Florence had strong winds, up to 105 mph, and has dumped almost 3 feet of rain on parts of the state of North Carolina.

Standing less than 2 feet tall, the tawaki penguin of southwestern New Zealand is pretty cute. It has a white front and black back, with bushy yellow eyebrow-looking feathers, which may be related to the story the local Maori people tell about the small penguins.