This full-length (51min) nature documentary by National Geographic is in high definition and free on YouTube!
Be entertained and learn a LOT about these amazing reptiles. 😀

Did you know that only adult female flies are pesky? The males do nothing annoying, they just sip nectar and reproduce.

And of the 1550+ species of true flies (order Diptera), only about 40 species “bug” us humans at all!

Insect Order: Diptera

The Moonrat, Echinosorex gymnura, is an insectivore that lives in Indonesia and nearby Malaysia — in southeast Asia. It is neither a rodent nor a rat, but rather is related to hedgehogs. Two subspecies exist, with one being mostly white like the picture below. The other subspecies has more black on it. Moonrats sleep in burrows or dens during the day and come out at night to hunt worms and insects, especially those close to water. These critters are notorious for their STINK! Naturalists have documented the ability to smell them coming, and being awoken when one passes beneath the structure they are sleeping in! 😛

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Wikipedia   |   EOL   |   ADW   |   ARKive
Let’s do some Zoology!
Moonrat Art!

Most red-eyed vireos (Vireo olivaceus) breed in North America and overwinter in the Amazon basin of South America. During the breeding season, a single male may sing constantly, up to 10,000 times each day! Because of this and their canopy-feeding lifestyle, these little birds are often heard rather than seen, and their song is part of most forest soundtracks. If you can zoom in on an adult, you may be able to see its bright red eyes, but most commonly you will have to settle for its song and its olive green body with grey, black, and white head pattern for identification.

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Find out more!
All About Birds
Encyclopedia of Life
BioKIDS
Audubon Field Guide

Sagarmatha is the world’s highest national park, for it includes Mount Everest and the surrounding area of Nepal. About 3000 indigenous Sherpa people live here, along with world famous rhododendrons that bloom in April and May, pikas and snow leopards, and 193 different species of birds!

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UNESCO page
Beautiful World
YouTube Video tour

This tiny Earth Tongue is only about an inch tall!

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Mushroom Expert
Wikipedia
Encyclopedia of Life

David Attenborough narrates this fun little video clip featuring a brightly colored newly emerged “Kung Fu Mantis” facing down a hungry jumping spider. Fun, fun! 😀

Kung Fu Mantis video

Is the Bateleur Africa’s most colorful eagle?

Bateleur Eagle Video

Here’s a little clip from BBC Earth’s hard-to-find series, Wild Caribbean. It features acrobatic and highly intelligent capuchin monkeys in a coastal forest area of Costa Rica.

Caribbean Capuchins

The tiny elf owl, Micrathene whitneyi, is one of the smallest owls in the world, growing to only 5 or 6 inches long — about the size of a typical sparrow. They live in the extreme southwestern United States and Mexico, and sometimes nest in cacti. Click the links below the pic to learn more about this amazing tiny owl species! 😀

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Audubon Guide: Elf Owl
Beauty of Birds
Owl Research Institute
Owling.com
The Owl Pages

The strange-looking, bare-headed White-Necked Rockfowl, Picathartes gymnocephalus, lives only in a small area of western Africa, below the Sahara desert. Its nearly featherless head shows bright yellow skin with black patches behind its eyes. This strange bird eats mostly insects, but feeds its young frogs. It often nests in caves and will sometimes follow an army of ants, gobbling up insects disturbed by the parade.

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Wikipedia entry
My Bird of the Year!
ARKive entry with pics & video

What do mires, fens, bogs, moors, muskegs, and pocosins all have in common? Peat!
Learn more about peat on Wikipedia!

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Little Church Buried in Peat
Peat Into Coal (scroll down)
Regulating Peat Harvest: Turbary

This is one of the greatest moments of nature film history: BBC and David Attenborough introducing one of the world’s best bird mimics, who can even immitate human sounds such as cameras and chainsaws: the superb lyre bird!

Best Bird Mimic

Each video in the Eyewitness natural history series is roughly a half-hour long and describes one facet of the natural world such as birds, volcanoes, elephants, or the seashore. The link below is a 28-minute video from the Eyewitness Official Channel on YouTube, this one being on Insects. Click the link below the video to visit the Eyewitness Channel list of videos.

Eyewitness Offical YouTube Channel videos

Some insects secrete chemicals that force their host plants to protect them!

The Gall Makers

Did you know the TUATARA has a “third eye”?

Most Unique Reptile!

Here is an edible weed that might just be covering a part of your yard!
The low-growing common chickweed tastes great in salad or boiled as greens.
Click the links below for chickweed recipes!

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Eat the Weeds
Stellaria species
Edible Wild Food

The Camargue is an area in southern France, a marshy delta area where the Rhone river flows into the Mediterranean Sea. In this area are wild horses and flamingos.

Click the links below the pic for more info on this beautiful wild habitat!

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The Camargue: France’s Wild West
Wikipedia
World Wildlife Fund

Color Some Warblers!

Warblers are named for their musical songs, but many have a similar shape and size.
What seems to vary the most is their coloration!
Just check out the amazing variety of warbler species and colors in a field guide to birds or on one of the websites below.

 
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How Do Cicadas Make Noise?
Click the pic to find out!

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