Monarch butterflies face their most vulnerable time when they overwinter. This is especially true for the western population. In touring these places and studying them, we learn ways we can all help these magnificent travelers: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Reptile traffickers were arrested trying to move 199 radiated tortoises. These tortoises are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, facing serious habitat destruction and intense collection for both domestic purposes and international trafficking. More impressive wildlife trafficking busts: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Finding the best place to overwinter is a tricky business! Northern leopard frogs will move together in search of the perfect stream or lake bottom. What do they need to survive hibernation? Plenty of oxygen and an absence of predators. [ Bit.ly Link ]
Northern leopard frogs at Sand Lake Wetland Management District. Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS
Hooo's hoo-ting in your neighborhood? Owls that normally are hard to spot are making some noise this time of year! Great horned owls, like the one pictured, are even known as the "cat owl" or "hoot owl".
Good news for the lesser long-nosed bat! When these bats were initially protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1988, there were thought to be fewer than 1,000 of them at the 14 known roosts. There are now an estimated 200,000 bats at 75 roosts! Read more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Happy #NationalBirdDay! As snowy owls make their way south, this one was spotted and photographed by Michelle Guillermin Photography: [ Bit.ly Link ] -- Many of us have stories where birds inspire awe or surprise us -- what's yours?
Here's an incredible close-up look at young salmon. Called alevins or yolk-sac fry at this stage, they are very tiny and still have their food supply attached. Once this is consumed that's when they are considered fry.