A landscape of Sandhill Cranes with lightening flashing over a river.

As an evening storm lights up the sky, about 413,000 sandhill cranes arrive to roost in the shallows of the Platte River. Photo by Randy Olson

Wild & Wonderful

National Geographic published its first wildlife photograph—a reindeer—in 1903, and it’s been connecting its readers to the great outdoors ever since.

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