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David Mizejewski
Life-long nature lover who is working his dream job at the National Wildlife Federation.
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If you encounter a bear in the wild, you should never run from it. Here's why. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player This video from KTUU.com had this caption: "Billy Adrian says he was in a vehicle driving at about 25 to 30 mph along Dead Man's Curve in Kodiak when... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Just in time for Halloween, I introduce you to the hellbender. No, it's not one of Satan's minions or a CGI monster. It's a type of salamander native to the streams and rivers of eastern North America. Despite its demonic-sounding name, this spectacular amphibian is completely harmless to people. Yet... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
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What would you do if you woke up one morning and found THIS in your stairway? Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation via Facebook. That's exactly what happened to one St. Louis area homeowner. No, these are not snakes, or even reptiles. They are an amphibian species called a ringed... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Today's installment of utter cuteness comes to us from the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre in South Africa. The centre's mission is to conserve rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. A big part of their work is captive breeding of endangered species. While they specialize in cheetahs, the Centre cares for many... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Kangaroos are herbivores. Native to Australia, they've evolved to be grazers and browsers, feeding on vegetation much like deer in other parts of the world. Red Kangaroo. Photo by Mike Souza via Flickr Creative Commons. When I stumbled on this footage of a young red kangaroo feeding on a seabird,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Opossums are one of the most common mammals in our cities and towns. The are really cool and interesting animals, but most people find them gross and scary-looking. I'm here to throw a little love to these misunderstood creatures with my top ten reasons to love opossums. 10. Opossums are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Sheep don't have a reputation for being the most intelligent animals out there. Generally, there might even be some truth behind that stereotype. Every once in a while, howver, a sheep with more smarts than most catches our attention. Such is the case with this lovely lady, who figured out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Crocodiles, lizards, turtles and snakes are reptiles, and generally speaking, most reptiles lay eggs--but not all of them. Some snakes give birth to fully formed live young, just like mammals. Copperheads are one of them, and this time of year is birthing season for these beautifully camouflaged snakes. At National... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
Check out this video of two deer trotting across the Golden Gate Bridge during rush hour traffic yesterday. I mean, sometime you just gotta get places. Protect wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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My friend and National Wildlife Federation colleague Beth Pratt-Bergstrom is a self-avowed pika lover. Pikas are small mammals that live in high-elevation cool mountains west of the Rocky Mountains in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico. They are very, very cute. Even though they... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
Folks, call your local nursery ask if they sell milkweed plants. Try doing a google search too. Monarch Watch is a great organization that has a lot or resources on buying and propagating milkweed. http://www.monarchwatch.org/
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Some animals are just so ugly that they are cute. Here's a video of a tiny bat named Frank being raised by wildlife rehabilitators in Australia, happily munching on mealworms. Post by Wildlife Rockhampton - Rescue, Rehabilitation & Release Inc. The good folks at Wildlife Rockhampton had this to say... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
Cathy, there are several dozen species of milkweed native to North America. The species I featured in the photos this post is swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), which is native to the eastern half of the continent. Here is a list of 12 milkweed species found in CA. Several of them are very showy and are great in the garden. http://www.wildflower.org/plants/combo.php?fromsearch=true&distribution=CA&habit=&duration=
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It's an eel-eat-fish world out there! Check out this video below of a spotted moray eel attacking and eating a lionfish. Pay special attention to the eel's hunting technique. It bites the lionfish in the middle of its body and uses its double set of jaws to both hold and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Monarch butterflies are in serious trouble. Their populations have crashed and are at an all time low, and experts fear that this iconic black and orange butterfly species could disappear altogether if action isn't taken. Monarch butterfly on milkweed. Photo by Rick&Brenda Beerhoorst via Flickr Creative Commons. Monarchs, like all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Check out this news report of my friend Ed Clark, President of the Wildlife Center of Virginia, releasing three young bald eagles back into the wild. The eagles were all blown out of their nests by storms earlier this year, and have spent the last few months in captivity under... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Bighorn sheep are creatures of the desert and mountains. They are specially adapted to survive in the extremes of arid habitats, where vegetation is tough and brown and water is hard to come by during much of the year. So when one showed up swimming in a golf course canal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Here is part two of my highlight on some of the rare wild animals the conservation organization Rare works to protect. (See part one here.) Yellow Eared Parrot The population of the yellow-eared parrot is only about 1,000 since its rediscovery in 1998 near Roncesvalles, Colombia. It is bright green... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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I'm certain that local Bigfoot hunters are going to get lots of calls about this one. This animal is of course not a Bigfoot, but an American black bear. Black bears are indeed able to stand on two legs, but they almost never walk around that way. I'm not sure... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
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Long time readers know that I'm a naturalist National Wildlife Federation, one of Animal Planet's R.O.A.R. partners, and I sometimes highlight NWF's work in my Animal Oddities posts. In this post I want to give a shout out to a fellow conservation organizations, Rare. Rare looks for proven conservation solutions... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Bites @ Animal Planet
It's not quite bogus. The recordings are indeed real. However, the composer does seem to have arranged them to achieve the harmony. The post has been updated with the correct information (see above). Thanks for your diligence in researching this and for pointing out the error.
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That, at least, you might be right about. Based on the drawing it's clearly identical to a blue jay except for the coloring. I think it's more likely due to what you describe (inability to see the reflected blue light due to the angle) than a mutation or hybrid. We'll probably never know for sure.
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@Manticore Pinion -- Uuuuuhhhm, no. All artists use references, and it's quite possible that Ryan Browne did look at a photo reference of a blue jay in profile when creating his sighting sketch. Nothing odd about that. That doesn't mean he traced it. If you clicked on the links to Mr. Browne's work that I put into the post (3 times), you'd see that he is quite capable of sketching a bird without needing to trace. Here it is again, since you seemed to have missed it. http://ryanedwardbrowne.tumblr.com/
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Well, that was quick! rc6750, send me your mailing address at mizejewski@nwf.org and I'll get your book in the mail next week after the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Nicole is the winner!! Congrats. Send me your mailing address to mizejewski@nwf.org and I'll send your book out next week. Here's more info on the northern short-tailed shrew: http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/?s=050012
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