I’m settling into my new place and it is great to finally have a room of my own to come home to (at least for a little while). I’ll tell you a funny little story to stall while I’m busy working on the mundane details of getting my life reestablished in a new place and […]
This is Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia. I visited it with my parents.
In West Virginia, we found a city. A city of newts. We named it…Newt York City. These are all juveniles of the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens), so I must’ve stumbled on a nesting aggregation. They larvae aggregate just prior to metamorphosis. Nonetheless, this is the largest number of newts I’ve ever seen in one place. […]
The mammal list of Grand Canyon national park lists wolves and mountain lions. The reptile list mentions six species of rattlesnakes with venomous bites. The elk represent one of the largest ungulate species in the world, and can be deadly when aggressive. But the rangers will tell you that none of those are the most […]
Admittedly, getting more difficult for me to identify to species, but on the bees, I can still reliably get you to at least genus, even thousands of miles from my area of expertise! In national parks, whenever someone spots wildlife, others immediately gather round to photograph it as well. In my case, crouched next to […]
Hope you’re not sick of the Grand Canyon posts! ‘Cause I’m still going strong. I’ve already posted about a couple of the hikes that I did there (1 and 2), as well as the birds that I saw while visiting. Today, I wanted to share some of the other fascinating vertebrate fauna of the canyon […]
I don’t own a telephoto lens (although I borrowed one for an earlier post), so my bird photos are always subpar, but I get lucky sometimes anyway! Here are my best attempts at birds in the Grand Canyon, AZ.