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  •   The Golden Northern Bumblebee (what a name!) is an important pollinator within its habitat range. Sadly, the IUCN currently lists this insect as Vulnerable. This colorful species was, in […]

    Golden Northern Bumblebee

      The Golden Northern Bumblebee (what a name!) is an important pollinator within its habitat range. Sadly, the IUCN currently lists this insect as Vulnerable. This colorful species was, in […]

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  •     The Knysna Dwarf Chameleon is one of the smallest known chameleon species. It is also considered to be one of the most colorful of all its related species. […]

    Knysna Dwarf Chameleon

        The Knysna Dwarf Chameleon is one of the smallest known chameleon species. It is also considered to be one of the most colorful of all its related species. […]

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  •   Harpers Beauty is a rare plant, with a highly restricted habitation zone. Due to its scarcity, it is now monitored by the United States Forest Service. Proof that beauty […]

    Harpers Beauty

      Harpers Beauty is a rare plant, with a highly restricted habitation zone. Due to its scarcity, it is now monitored by the United States Forest Service. Proof that beauty […]

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  •   The Gray Whale is a remarkable cetacean. Sadly, they are also a highly threatened one, as well. One of their three known populations is already extinct. This population (endemic […]

    Gray Whale

      The Gray Whale is a remarkable cetacean. Sadly, they are also a highly threatened one, as well. One of their three known populations is already extinct. This population (endemic […]

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  •       The Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness (yes, that IS its real name!) is an extraordinary marvel of geology! The name derives from the original Native American name. The original […]

    Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness

          The Bisti De-Na-Zin Wilderness (yes, that IS its real name!) is an extraordinary marvel of geology! The name derives from the original Native American name. The original […]

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  •     Happy Face Spider is the common English name for the Theridion grallator. In the native Hawaiian language, it is (honestly!) called the nananana makaki’i. This translates LITERALLY as: […]

    Happy Face Spider

        Happy Face Spider is the common English name for the Theridion grallator. In the native Hawaiian language, it is (honestly!) called the nananana makaki’i. This translates LITERALLY as: […]

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  •   The Asian Palm Civet is a small-sized member of the Viverridae family. This means that they are actually (though admittedly distantly) related to felines! Somewhat difficult to imagine, isn’t […]

    Asian Palm Civet

      The Asian Palm Civet is a small-sized member of the Viverridae family. This means that they are actually (though admittedly distantly) related to felines! Somewhat difficult to imagine, isn’t […]

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  •     The uniquely pigmented (to say the least!) Amethyst Deceiver is a species of mushroom with a confusing “personality.” It actually changes colors as it ages! This can sometimes […]

    Amethyst Deceiver

        The uniquely pigmented (to say the least!) Amethyst Deceiver is a species of mushroom with a confusing “personality.” It actually changes colors as it ages! This can sometimes […]

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  •     The remarkable (not to mention lovely!) Hourglass Dolphin is an extremely rare species. This species has rarely been seen, and even more rarely studied! In fact, only 6 […]

    Hourglass Dolphin

        The remarkable (not to mention lovely!) Hourglass Dolphin is an extremely rare species. This species has rarely been seen, and even more rarely studied! In fact, only 6 […]

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  •     The La Brea Tar Pits are an extraordinary (and unique!) geological feature. Incredible as it may sound, they are located within a major metropolitan area! Can you imagine […]

    La Brea Tar Pits

        The La Brea Tar Pits are an extraordinary (and unique!) geological feature. Incredible as it may sound, they are located within a major metropolitan area! Can you imagine […]

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  •     The White Spotted Agrias is a beautiful (and distinctive!) species of Lepidoptera. Unlike most butterflies, their colors vary greatly between individuals. But WHAT colors they are! There are […]

    White Spotted Agrias

        The White Spotted Agrias is a beautiful (and distinctive!) species of Lepidoptera. Unlike most butterflies, their colors vary greatly between individuals. But WHAT colors they are! There are […]

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  •   The lovely Arctic Tern holds a unique distinction within the animal kingdom. It is the most highly migratory of ANY known species. They REALLY “get around!” In fact, they […]

    Arctic Tern

      The lovely Arctic Tern holds a unique distinction within the animal kingdom. It is the most highly migratory of ANY known species. They REALLY “get around!” In fact, they […]

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  •     The Scrub Morning Glory is a rare flowering plant in the (as the name implies) morning glory family. Fewer than 100 known populations of this plant remain. The […]

    Scrub Morning Glory

        The Scrub Morning Glory is a rare flowering plant in the (as the name implies) morning glory family. Fewer than 100 known populations of this plant remain. The […]

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  •   I am beyond thrilled to have participated twice in the International Antarctic Expedition, the last great wilderness on Earth, with one of the most incredible people I know – Sir […]

    My Antarctic Expedition, March 2016

      I am beyond thrilled to have participated twice in the International Antarctic Expedition, the last great wilderness on Earth, with one of the most incredible people I know – Sir […]

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  •   The Longnose Sawshark (man….does THAT name “fit!”) is an ocean species with a highly distinctive appearance. Fortunately, they pose no threat to humans. In fact, it is the other […]

    Longnose Sawshark

      The Longnose Sawshark (man….does THAT name “fit!”) is an ocean species with a highly distinctive appearance. Fortunately, they pose no threat to humans. In fact, it is the other […]

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  •     The Homestead Caldera is perhaps one of the most interesting geological features most of us have NEVER heard of! It is known locally as simply “The Crater.” Both […]

    Homestead Caldera

        The Homestead Caldera is perhaps one of the most interesting geological features most of us have NEVER heard of! It is known locally as simply “The Crater.” Both […]

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  •   Bee Fly is the collective term for a unique (and often adorable!) family of insects. The name (naturally!) derives from their resemblance to various bees. There are more than […]

    Bee Fly

      Bee Fly is the collective term for a unique (and often adorable!) family of insects. The name (naturally!) derives from their resemblance to various bees. There are more than […]

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  •   The Mandarin Duck is an extraordinarily beautiful (not to mention colorful!) species of duck. They are closely related to the wood duck of North America. This unique animal is […]

    Mandarin Duck

      The Mandarin Duck is an extraordinarily beautiful (not to mention colorful!) species of duck. They are closely related to the wood duck of North America. This unique animal is […]

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  •   The beautiful Lotus Corniculatus is a small flowering plant. It is actually (believe it or not!) a member of the pea family! But you do NOT want to eat […]

    Lotus Corniculatus

      The beautiful Lotus Corniculatus is a small flowering plant. It is actually (believe it or not!) a member of the pea family! But you do NOT want to eat […]

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  •   The Eccentric Sand Dollar is (at least among its fellow echinoids) precisely that: “eccentric!” Their behavior is very different from other related species. In regions of steadily flowing water, […]

    Eccentric Sand Dollar

      The Eccentric Sand Dollar is (at least among its fellow echinoids) precisely that: “eccentric!” Their behavior is very different from other related species. In regions of steadily flowing water, […]

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