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The Eastern Screech Owl, Megascops asio, is one of North America’s most common yet most variable owls. This little 6 to 9 inch owl can be red, grey, brown, or a combination — with varying amounts of white as well! Screech owls are nocturnal carnivores that live in open forests throughout the eastern half of the United States and neighboring areas of Canada and Mexico.

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Wikipedia   |   The Owl Pages
All About Birds   |   Audubon
EOL (pics!)   |   BirdNote
Beauty of Birds

This uniquely patterned flower goes by several names including Checkered Lily, Snake’s Head Fritillary, and Guinea Hen Flower. It is Fritillaria meleagris, the genus name meaning (basically) checkered and the species name referring to guinea fowl. This plant is native to Eurasia from the UK across into western Russia. It is also widely grown as a spring bulb in gardens all across the USA. Certainly planting a few of these bulbs would provide a new conversation starter for any garden!

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KEW Botanical Gardens
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia
Pacific Bulb Society
Paghat’s Garden

The Natural Wall is a rock formation in northern Michigan which appears man-made due to its brick-like structure. Lying along the Keweenaw Fault in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where the land juts out into Lake Superior just south of Canada, this is a very rare near-vertical slope of natural sandstone. Visitors can trek along the riverbank to access the site, but are advised that the trip may entail traversing mud and large water puddles, along with some rocky terrain. Visit the sites below for more pics and directions to the site — but be aware that the area is private rather than public land.

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Keweenaw Wall
The Natural Wall
Natural Wall

Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a flowering shrub or small tree native to China and Korea and cultivated widely in the southeastern United States, Australia, and elsewhere. It has one of the longest flowering seasons, up to 4 months of brilliant summer flowers. There are several varieties of this plant, many which are named after Native American tribes. The flowers can be white, purple, red, or a wide variety of pinkish colors.

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FloriData
VirginiaTech
NC State Extension
Burke’s Backyard
LA at Home

The Silk Tassel Bush, Garrya elliptica, is a serpentine endemic plant — meaning it can grow on soils that (for one thing) contain high concentrations of chromium and nickel.
This is truly a heavy metal plant! 😀
It is native to the West coast of the USA — California and Oregon. Check out the links below the pic for closeups of those crazy dangling flowers!

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San Fran Botanical Garden
Sonoma County Master Gardeners
Dave’s Garden (nice pics!)
California Native Plant Society
Plant Lust

The Hooded Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia minor, is a carnivorous plant native to SE USA.

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Botanical Society: Hooded Pitcher Plant
Wildflower Center: Sarracenia minor
Carnivorous Plant FAQs

The acorn woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus, lives in family groups in the western USA and Mexico. They horde acorns in their colony’s granary trees.

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Click the pic to visit WhatBird.com
— or visit these sites for more info:
National Geographic
Cornell’s All About Birds

The nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) often travels face-first down tree branches and trunks. He has a perky little “ank! ank!” call. 😀

 
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Click the pic to visit Arkive, or visit:
Nuthatch on National Geographic