Split rock (by Ippei & Janine Naoi)
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#forest #moss 


Red Wolf Recovery at Critical Junction

by Mitch Merry
Online Organizer Endangered Species Coalition

We have reached a critical junction in the recovery of the critically endangered red wolf (Canis rufus). The story of the red wolf is a complicated one, which has likely contributed to its anonymity. Historically distributed across the southeastern United States, the species was extirpated from much of range due to habitat loss and overharvest. Remnant populations then became threatened by hybridization with coyotes, which expanded in range as the red wolf disappeared.

In the 1970s biologists identified only 14 remaining wild red wolves in the species’ last stronghold in a coastal region on the Texas-Louisiana border. Those individuals were transported to Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, WA and the species was declared extinct in the wild in 1980.

Just inland from the famed Outer Banks, the five-county Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula in eastern North Carolina was selected as the location for the first red wolf reintroduction program. At the time, there were no coyotes present in this area. The first wolves were released in 1987 and the population grew slowly. Soon coyotes rapidly colonized the state and in 1993 the first hybridization event between a red wolf and coyote was documented…

(read more: Endangered Species Coalition)

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Hummingbird hawk moth (Macroglossum stellatarum)

The hummingbird hawk-moth is a species in the family Sphingidae. It is distributed throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, but is resident only in warmer climates (southern Europe, North Africa, and points east).

It is a strong flier, dispersing widely and can be found virtually anywhere in the hemisphere in the summer. Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers. It flies during the day, especially in bright sunshine, but also at dusk, dawn, and even in the rain, which is unusual for even diurnal hawkmoths.

Its visual abilities have been much studied, and it has been shown to have a relatively good ability to learn colours.

photo credits: wiki, bbc, wildlifeinsight, glaucus

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#moth #insect 


Oh my goodness, these are precious!!

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2 Baby Bobcats.2 jpg by Idahobill2008 on Flickr.
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#wild cat #cute 
Fox Squirrels from Quadrupeds of North America, 1845 (by John James Audubon)

Fox Squirrels from Quadrupeds of North America, 1845 (by John James Audubon)

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#colored engraving #art #nature #science #squirrels 

Lími \\ by Atmosfære on Tumblr
Lími \\ by Atmosfære on Tumblr

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Black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) (photo by Terry Whittaker Photography)


Black-footed cat (Felis nigripes) (photo by Terry Whittaker Photography)

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#wild cat 


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#snake #cute 

Lightning coming this way. by lashrasch
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