May 23, 2015
Nice reminder, featuring an Eastern Box Tortoise (I think). Image from Conscious Companion.
A poster from 2013. Still accurate for World Turtle Day 2015.
We’re off in the rain to look for turtles and tortoises and other adventures. Saw a lot of turtles last week at the flooded White Rock Lake. This week?
Have a great World Turtle Day! Go do something nice for your neighborhood turtles and tortoises.
From there, it’s turtles all the way down!
Yes, this is mostly an encore post. Fighting ignorance requires patience, stamina, repetition, and love for turtles.
March 17, 2015
It came from @planetpics on Twitter.
“A beautiful picture of a polar bear cub getting a lift across the water from its mom!” Life on Earth/@planetpics
Couldn’t help but wonder if that cub will survive the next few months, let alone to adulthood.
Generally, polar bear mothers den on pack ice, and the cub would be kept on the ice while the mother hunted from that platform. Polar bears can swim, but not well, and not far, usually. They cannot hunt while swimming. To eat, they wait on the ice for seals to come up for air, then grab the seals.
Lack of hard ice platforms, pack ice, means mother polar bears can’t hunt to feed their cubs. While an adult polar bear can swim a distance to find ice, the cubs can’t. And if the adult doesn’t find hard ice, they perish. Long swims are deadly to cubs.
It’s a cute pic, and we hope momma bear is swimming to an ice platform and can feed that cute little cub so it grows and flourishes.
We know the odds are against it.
January 23, 2015
Flights Arriving Daily! Birds are funneling into Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex Photo: A Mize/USFWS; from @USFWSPacSWest
Photo from last fall. Some of the ducks probably overwinter. Others continued south, and will be arriving at Klamath NWR soon, again, heading north.
Our public lands at work.
January 23, 2015
A good sign is self-explanatory. Alas, this came to me with no photo credit.
Still no credit, but I found it on Imgur.
Shake of the old scrub brush to Ellie!
November 26, 2014
Turns out there are real turkeys in Alabama. They’ve expressed some concern that Judge Roy Moore impersonates a turkey in court.
A Thanksgiving salute from the denizens of our public lands.
From Interior Department’s Twitter feed: Here’s a handsome pair of wild turkeys to celebrate #Thanksgiving! Photo at Eufala NWR by Michael Padgett #Alabama
- Eufala National Wildlife Refuge: “The Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964 through community support and in cooperation with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is located on both banks of the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia. Named after the city of Eufaula, the refuge offers a variety of wetland and upland habitats for diverse fauna. A prominent feature of the abundant wetlands is Lake Eufaula (Walter F. George Reservoir) and several feeder streams”
October 8, 2014
Moose in the sunlight – Back lit bull moose on the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, Wyooming. Photo: #USFWS
How could you miss a moose in broad daylight? Easy to miss, if you’re not looking with thought.
Do moose think about coming at you from out of the sun?
If you’re looking for that particular moose, the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is near Green River, Wyoming.
September 21, 2014
Frans de Waal posted this on Facebook a while back.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to join the crows in vulture surfing? Doesn’t that look like fun?
A crow, surfing on a vulture. Place, time, and photographer unknown to me. Via Frans de Waal.
You’ll not convince me easily that the crows don’t know what they’re doing, and don’t have loads of fun doing it.