3 Tigers Finally at Their Forever Home

See how they were moved, and meet the tigers! I am pleased to share the good news that earlier this month, Siberian tiger siblings Roy, Kim, and Claire moved from PAWS’ Galt, CA, sanctuary where they have lived since they were young cubs, to a spacious new habitat at ARK 2000. My friends at the…

It’s Leatherback Nesting Time!

Leatherback nesting has begun in Panama and Tortuguero! In Panama, they’ve already reported more than 20 nests in Chiriqui Beach, two at Bluff Beach, and one in Long Beach, Bastimentos Island. Things are a little slower in Tortuguero, Costa Rica (which is expected) with only several nests recorded so far. Stay tuned! Leatherback nesting has…

Tale of the Marsh Hawk’s Tail

Throughout much of this winter, Sam — a park ranger friend — had been out and about retreating into the solitude of nature by exploring the national seashores and wildlife refuges of coastal North Carolina. Throughout her excursions, there is one animal, a bird, that is a constant no matter where she roams. “Over the…

Manatee Appreciation Day – Video!

Celebrating Manatee Appreciation Day! Aren’t they cute? Florida manatees are large, gray aquatic mammals found in the southeastern United States, mostly in — believe it or not — Florida. They sort of look like walruses or seals, even though they aren’t closely related at all. Florida manatees are a subspecies of the West Indian manatee.…

The Osprey Cam is Up!

The Ospreys have returned to their nest platform at Milford Point in Connecticut, and their Osprey Cam is ready for your viewing pleasure! The female has been on the platform consistently this morning. They will continue to come and go but will spend more time there as the days pass. If they’re not there when…

6 Mammal Extremes

Mammals are warm-blooded, covered with hair, bear live young, and produce milk to feed them. We like to think of ourselves as the best mammals around. However, in many categories, other mammals have us bested — paws down. Here are 6 mammal extremes.   The Biggest Weighing in at 150 tons, the blue whale isn’t…

The Spring Miracle of Thawing Wood Frogs

Now that’s it’s officially spring, it’s pretty safe to say that all over the northeastern part of the US, Alaska, & Canada a variety of amphibians are currently making a serious ruckus. Here in the mid-Atlantic, I hear the unmistakable sound of spring peepers every where I go in the evening. For those of you…

What’s Your Wildlife Personality?

New Quiz! I really like these, and there’s no obligation to sign up for anything or ads to navigate around. It’s just good fun. This one comes from the National Wildlife Federation. After only eight cute little questions, you can find out if you’re a bison, a monarch, or something in between. Would you rather…

Bird Song Basics for Beginners

Spring is the perfect time to start listening to nature’s amazing symphony of sounds. And in my opinion, birds are the best musicians on the planet. When I’m outside, I try to identify which birds I’m listening to. Personally, however, I can identify the calls of both frogs and toads easier than I can birds.…

Amazing Architecture! By Insects?

Right now, deep in the world’s rainforests, master architects are busy building homes and nurseries, log cabins, pyramids, cage fortresses, and webbed towers. Although these structures may look like the result of human engineering, they’re actually created by insects and are no bigger than a leaf. If you were on a rainforest expedition, you’d likely…

Which Migratory Bird Are You?

Most of us have taken random quizzes on Facebook, and they’re usually an attempt to get our attention towards their ads. The National Audubon Society, however, has generated this very short and cute little quiz, without the annoying little popup ads. Their purpose? Have fun, and stay in tune with nature — which, if your…

Lone Jaguar Discovery, America Should be More Excited

You may remember that on Facebook, on February 3, I shared a post from the Center for Biological Diversity and Conservation CATalyst which included a breaking video of the only known jaguar spotted in the United States. Since then the jaguar, now known as El Jefe by locals in Arizona (where he was spotted), has…

Protecting Nature: Step by Step, Bird by Bird

  In the book “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, she tells the childhood story of her little brother, who had to write a school report on North American birds. He procrastinated. Then, the night before the report was due, her brother finally sat down with his encyclopedias. That’s when he realized how many birds…

Squirrel Monkeys are NOT Good Pets

Squirrel monkeys must contend with habitat loss, decreasing genetic diversity, and the curse of being cute. O February 8, the Year of the Monkey will swing in, and in honor of the Chinese New Year, the possibility of some people acquiring an exotic pet like the squirrel monkey might become more popular than it has…

Nature Sounds of Yellowstone Guaranteed to Fascinate

There’s nothing quite so eerie and otherworldly as the sound of freezing ice, or the bubbling of mud pots. Some of the more relaxing sounds are of water droplets or waves crashing. Then there are those who are fascinated by a variety of amphibian and reptile sounds. (As a bonafide, self-proclaimed “herp nerd,” that last…

Name the Nestlings! A bald eaglet naming contest

The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) has a really cool thing going on. Two of their bald eagles are constantly live on a webcam. That’s right, 24 hours a day you can witness bald eagles “Romeo” and “Juliet” from their Northeast Florida nest. But that’s not the best part. Romeo and Juliet are the proud parents…

Wildlife ‘Selfies’ Prove Conservation Works

“Pics, or it didn’t happen!” This is a challenge commonly heard during skeptical times. And scientists representing a global conservation collaboration called the Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Network (TEAM) have shared photographic evidence of thriving biodiversity in 15 tropical forests across three continents, according to Live Science. In some of the pics that were…

Bees Tongues are Getting Shorter

Floral biodiversity in the Arctic and in alpine ecosystems worldwide is declining as rising temperatures dry out soils, and in the Colorado Rockies, a new study reports, this has led to bumblebees with shorter tongues. Yes, bumblebees have tongues (actually called ‘glossa”), and some species have lengthier ones than others. A long-tongued bee will unroll…

Livestreaming of Africa’s Migration

Every year hundreds of thousands of animals in Africa embark on a migration so vast it’s considered one of the greatest wonders of the natural world. The migration, which is the largest migration of land animals on earth, includes thousands of wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras as they follow the rainy season across the plains, traveling…

Glowing Sea Turtle Discovered

Here’s another reason to go diving – if you’re not already a fan of the sport. In July, a glowing hawksbill sea turtle – a critically endangered species – was discovered in the Solomon Islands by David Gruber, a marine biologist. Some corals are known to “glow” underwater, as do some jellyfish, eels, and more…