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This interesting little European wildflower, Arum maculatum, is known by somewhere around 100 different names! Find out just some of these by clicking the picture and links below!

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Wildscreen ARKive
A Modern Herbal
Easy Wildflowers
Wildflower Finder
Gardening Know-How

TutorVista.com has a cute little introduction to the Fungi Kingdom.

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This web page provides a definition, a list of characteristics, four basic divisions of the kingdom with examples of each, and some other useful information.

This tiny toad lives only on a single island in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. Like all midwife toads, the father watches over the eggs until tadpoles emerge and go off on their own.

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Learn about this species:
Wikipedia
EDGE
ARKive

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

Ever wonder what the “magic” is in “magic mushrooms”?

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Yes, I’m a hippie chick, but no, I do not encourage drug use.
Still, ya gotta wonder just WHY did the Creator make certain plants to contain chemicals such as the Psilocybin in mushrooms that seem to alter consciousness and otherwise provide quite a psychedelic ride. I’ve not had them myself, but many a “holy man” or those on a quest have sworn by Psilocybin mushrooms.

Chimney Swifts cannot perch! Their tiny legs are only good for clinging to vertical surfaces.

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Learn more about this unique species:
Cornell’s All About Birds
National Geographic Birds
Audubon Guide to Birds
BioKids Inquiry of Species
ChimneySwifts.org

There are about 40 to 50 different species of plants in the Yucca genus.

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Native Americans used every part of this plant for either food, medicine, or fiber. It is often cultivated in semi-arid regions: I have three of them growing in my front yard in Texas!

The Yucca Page
Mojave Yucca
The Yucca and its Moth

This is one of the most famous individual trees in the world.
Nicknamed “The Tree of Life“, it stands alone in the desert without any detectable source of water.

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Find out more:
Amusing Planet
Trip Advisor
World Top Top

The hot springs snake (Thermophis baileyi) lives higher up in the mountains than any other snake in the world!

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Click the pic or links above or below to learn more about
this awesome snake!
Arkive
Excellent article by a snake ecologist

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
Encyclopedia of Life
Animal Diversity Web

Who doesn’t see this tree and think: AFRICA? Do you picture lions lazing about beneath its shady boughs?
What used to be called Acacia tortilis has recently been updated to Vachellia tortilis, the Acacia genus being split into more genetically appropriate divisions.
No matter, the Umbrella Thorn Acacia Tree will always be a symbol of the African savannah.

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Learn a little more about this classic species:
Siyabona Africa
Plantz Africa
Experiment: Tree Profile

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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More on the yellow-winged bat:
iNaturalist
Encyclopedia of Life
Animal Diversity Web

The thorns of acacias can grow so large that people use them to make dolls!
How crazy is that?! Awesomely creative! 😀

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Acacia Trees
Acacia Trees and Shrubs

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Need a gift for a kid who loves bugs?
Explore CicadaMania.com for info and treasures!

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

There are “8 to 11” species of Sarracenia or pitcher plants in North America!
These carnivorous plants can exist on poor soil by trapping & devouring insects.

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Borage is such a popular herb and wildflower that it has its botanical family named after it — Boraginaceae (about 2000 species)!

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Click the links above for Wikipedia, click the pic for the best online article, or click below for more info on this beloved herb!

A Modern Herbal
Plants for a Future
Illinois Wildflowers (great pics!)
Seedaholic (lots on cultivation)

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

The Prevost’s or Tri-colored Squirrel lives in Indonesia and surrounding southeastern Asia areas. It is perhaps the most spectacularly colorful squirrel.

 
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Click the pic above or links below for more info!

Encyclopedia of Life
Zipcode Zoo
S.A.F.E.
iNaturalist
Animal Diversity Web

 

Bird Tracks and Sign can be just as interesting and diverse as with mammals!

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Animal Tracks — Birds