North America Archive

  •   Grizzly Bear Facts   First of all, the powerful and majestic Grizzly Bear actually represents a subspecies of brown bear. At one time there were a total of five […]

    Grizzly Bear

      Grizzly Bear Facts   First of all, the powerful and majestic Grizzly Bear actually represents a subspecies of brown bear. At one time there were a total of five […]

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  •   Question Mark Butterfly Facts   First of all, the Question Mark Butterfly remains one of the lesser known Lepidoptera in its endemic range. Yet its distinct characteristics make it […]

    Question Mark Butterfly

      Question Mark Butterfly Facts   First of all, the Question Mark Butterfly remains one of the lesser known Lepidoptera in its endemic range. Yet its distinct characteristics make it […]

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  •   Lady’s Slipper Orchid Facts   First of all, the beautiful and diverse Lady’s Slipper Orchid family contains more than 50 species, over 30 of which claim North America as their […]

    Lady’s Slipper Orchid

      Lady’s Slipper Orchid Facts   First of all, the beautiful and diverse Lady’s Slipper Orchid family contains more than 50 species, over 30 of which claim North America as their […]

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  • Cecropia Moth Facts   The most noteworthy fact about the beautiful Cecropia Moth comes as no surprise; it ranks as the largest species of moth endemic to North America. This […]

    Cecropia Moth

    Cecropia Moth Facts   The most noteworthy fact about the beautiful Cecropia Moth comes as no surprise; it ranks as the largest species of moth endemic to North America. This […]

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  •   The Greater Sage Grouse has (perhaps!) justification for the name. This is the largest species of grouse  in North America. Sadly, they are also in decline. Yet despite this […]

    Greater Sage Grouse

      The Greater Sage Grouse has (perhaps!) justification for the name. This is the largest species of grouse  in North America. Sadly, they are also in decline. Yet despite this […]

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  •   The surprising Carcross Desert is the tiniest (and in some ways most unique) desert in the world. However, despite the name, it is not technically a desert. This surprising […]

    Carcross Desert

      The surprising Carcross Desert is the tiniest (and in some ways most unique) desert in the world. However, despite the name, it is not technically a desert. This surprising […]

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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 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 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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  •   This unassuming (yet still “cuddly” looking) insect is the caterpillar form of the Fall Webworm. The species is better known for this stage than the adult. Though endemic to […]

    Fall Webworm

      This unassuming (yet still “cuddly” looking) insect is the caterpillar form of the Fall Webworm. The species is better known for this stage than the adult. Though endemic to […]

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  •   The incredibly majestic Bald Eagle is technically classified as a “sea eagle” (can’t imagine why!). They are the only sea eagles native to North America. There are also two […]

    Bald Eagle

      The incredibly majestic Bald Eagle is technically classified as a “sea eagle” (can’t imagine why!). They are the only sea eagles native to North America. There are also two […]

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  •   The Western Pygmy Blue is living proof that beauty can thrive amidst great desolation! This diminutive beauty inhabits environments most consider desolate. This delicate insect species has the distinction […]

    Western Pygmy Blue

      The Western Pygmy Blue is living proof that beauty can thrive amidst great desolation! This diminutive beauty inhabits environments most consider desolate. This delicate insect species has the distinction […]

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  •   Behold the Devils Walking Stick! Yes, that really is the common name for this unique plant. Just imagine brushing against those thorns while in the forest! Also sometimes known […]

    Devils Walking Stick

      Behold the Devils Walking Stick! Yes, that really is the common name for this unique plant. Just imagine brushing against those thorns while in the forest! Also sometimes known […]

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  •   The Geoduck (what a name!) is not only a unique looking creature, it is actually one of the longest-lived lifeforms on earth! Who would expect that, right? This is […]

    Geoduck

      The Geoduck (what a name!) is not only a unique looking creature, it is actually one of the longest-lived lifeforms on earth! Who would expect that, right? This is […]

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  •   The Black Widow is a spider in the Latrodectus genus. Many of these arachnids are known as “widow spiders.” There are 32 known species spread throughout the world. The […]

    Black Widow

      The Black Widow is a spider in the Latrodectus genus. Many of these arachnids are known as “widow spiders.” There are 32 known species spread throughout the world. The […]

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  •   Despite the common name by which it is known, the Bald Faced Hornet is not a true hornet. This eusocial insect is actually a species of yellowjacket. This species […]

    Bald Faced Hornet

      Despite the common name by which it is known, the Bald Faced Hornet is not a true hornet. This eusocial insect is actually a species of yellowjacket. This species […]

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  •   Plume Moth is the collective name for any of the approximately 1,000 Lepidoptera species within a uniquely evolved family. Each of these possesses uniquely and distinctively shaped wings. Their […]

    Plume Moth

      Plume Moth is the collective name for any of the approximately 1,000 Lepidoptera species within a uniquely evolved family. Each of these possesses uniquely and distinctively shaped wings. Their […]

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  •   Though most insects are referred to as bugs, only species in the order Hemiptera are truly bugs. The Wheel Bug is one of the largest true bugs in North […]

    Wheel Bug

      Though most insects are referred to as bugs, only species in the order Hemiptera are truly bugs. The Wheel Bug is one of the largest true bugs in North […]

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  •   Antlion is the collective name applied to a family of insects containing more than 2,000 known species. The term is more commonly applied to the larval form. The various […]

    Antlion

      Antlion is the collective name applied to a family of insects containing more than 2,000 known species. The term is more commonly applied to the larval form. The various […]

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  •   The Mountain Pine Beetle is a diminutive species of bark beetle. Despite their small size, they represent a highly destructive force in their endemic range. This insect is native […]

    Mountain Pine Beetle

      The Mountain Pine Beetle is a diminutive species of bark beetle. Despite their small size, they represent a highly destructive force in their endemic range. This insect is native […]

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