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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Audubon Field Guide

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

Is this the “richest part of the ocean anywhere on the planet”?
According to this video, the Philippines takes this prize!
Check out the biodiversity of this World Hot Spot!

Philippine Biodiversity!

If you like to watch meerkats, you’ve got to check out this website devoted to their cousins, the banded mongoose!

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The Banded Mongoose Research Project website

The blue milk mushroom, Lactarius indigo, can be found in North America, Central America, and East Asia. An edible blue mushroom — who’d’a thunk it?!!

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More Info on this crazy species:
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Rogers Mushrooms
Morel Mushroom Hunting site

Can you find a LIANA?

Everyone, when exploring the woods, can find several examples of “tree” or “shrub”… but can you find an example of a liana?
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This tiny Earth Tongue is only about an inch tall!

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Mushroom Expert
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Encyclopedia of Life

The Iberian Lynx is the world’s most endangered species of wild cat.

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The Yellow-Winged Bat — Lavia frons — forms a symbiotic relationship with a particular acacia tree in middle Africa, the notorious Umbrella Thorn Acacia, Acacia tortilis. Instead of flying out to pursue its insect prey, it roosts in the tree and during its waking cycle it moves about the branches, feeding on insects that would otherwise cause damage.

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Satoyama is a place where nature and people exist in harmony, where people make a sustainable living from the land“. This is the opening statement in a 10 minute video presented by the United Nations University, linked to below the YouTube video shown. A full-length documentary on the same topic, presented by BBC and narrated by David Attenborough, is featured here:

UN University video
Wikipedia on Satoyama
Article on TreeHugger.com

The streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus) of Madagascar is quite the unique critter!
Not only does he look crazy, but he also clatters his spines together to communicate with his foraging mates, AND clicks his tongue as a form of echolocation!

 
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Click the pic or links above or below to learn more about this amazing species!
Arkive
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Animal Diversity Web

This appealing little fungus, Geastrum quadrifidum, is a type of Earthstar. Some people call it the “four-footed earthstar”, more due to its vertical dancing posture — on its toes — rather than to the NUMBER of “feet” it has. Click the links below the pic to see the development and variety of this widespread earthstar’s forms, while learning more about its habitat and other specifics.

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Encyclopedia of Life
Rogers Mushrooms
Mushroom Observer
Rayed Earthstar
Slideshow on YouTube

Of course, the Green Anole is not always green, as it can change to brown in order to hide from predators (like humans!). This has earned it the nickname “American Chameleon” although it is NOT a chameleon but rather is one of over 350 species of Anolis which is often studied for their biodiversity as well as for their neurology. Remarkably, this latter study is conducted to further our understanding of human physiology and medicine. Green anoles, Anolis carolinensis, are native to the southeastern United States, often found around low buildings with exposed wood, or in bushes near homes.

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The American Bittersweet vine, Celastrus scandens, is native to central and eastern North America, but is unfortunately being replaced by a non-native invasive species, the Oriental Bittersweet, Celastrus orbiculatus. Our native species has alternate, oval, fine-toothed leaves and berry-like fruits that start out green, change to yellow then orange, then finally split open to reveal the 3-part fruit interior shown below. The fruits are poisonous to humans but eaten widely by birds and mammals, from wild turkeys to eastern cottontails. When growing up a young sapling, bittersweet vines can choke out and even kill their host, but typically it causes no real damage.

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Climbing Bittersweet
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Minnesota Wildflowers
NC State University Extension
Missouri Botanical Garden

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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Moonrat Art!

Besides protecting its more than 5000 komodo dragons found nowhere else on the planet, Komodo National Park in Indonesia features over 250 species of coral builders, over 1000 species of fish, plus sponges, sharks, dugong, lobsters, sea turtles, mangroves and seagrass beds, and Timor deer. The park includes three major islands and 26 smaller ones, spread out in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago. Click the links below to explore this natural resource.

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Komodo National Park website
UNESCO
WWF Global
Wikipedia

The stickpins or stubble lichens are 30 species in the genus Calicium, which often grow on live branches of trees such as giant redwoods. Below is a closeup of the fruiting body of Calicium adaequatum, sometimes called the “tiny daisy” lichen. Click the links below the pic to see just how minute these bodies really are…! Our Creator sure likes to put a lot of detail into tiny structures! 😀

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Encyclopedia of Life
Ways of EnLICHENment
United States Forest Service

Doesn’t this palm nut vulture (Gypohierax angolensis) remind you of an eagle with a vulture’s head and feet spliced on?

This African bird of prey is unique in that it prefers the fruit of the oil palm tree over meat! It also eats crabs, insects, and other small animals — as well as a few other species of palm nuts.

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Encyclopedia of Life
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Planet of Birds
Oiseaux Birds
Biodiversity Explorer

Vorticella are fun to watch under the microscope!
They are like tiny rosebuds on delicate stalks, that keep contracting in quick little unpredictable spasms, springing down and traveling back. Watch the video to see what I mean!

Vorticella

It is the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity. The motto of all the mongoose family is, “Run and find out”; and Rikki-tikki was a true mongoose.

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— Rudyard Kipling, “Rikki Tikki Tavi