Many flowering plants cannot reproduce without pollen deposited by foraging animal pollinators. Ecosystems, wildlife, and people benefit substantially from the work of these animals. They maintain plant biodiversity, play important parts in food webs, and contribute to oxygen production and carbon sequestration by aiding plant…

Pollinators

In early spring, Gannets (Morus bassanus) and other shore birds migrate to Scotland from as far away as the West Coast of Africa. Gannets spend their winters out at sea, and return to Scotland and other areas of Europe to breed when food is in…

Ocean glider

Pronghorns (Antilocapra americana) are even-toed ungulates (hoofed mammals), also known as artiodactyls. They can be found in western and central North America. Their historical range included parts of Mexico and Canada, but they mostly reside in the United States today. Pronghorns are the fastest land…

Conservation Comeback

Sperm whales (Physeter microcephalus) are odontocetes—a categorization for toothed whales and dolphins. Sperm whales are the largest of the odontocetes, with females weighing up to 15 tons (13,607 kg) and males weighing up to 45 tons (40,823 kg). They inhabit all oceans of the world.…

Vulnerable Might

Like the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), more than half of the seven species of sea turtle are classified as endangered or critically endangered. The green turtle is a large sea turtle, weighing up to 700 pounds (317.5 kg), and the only herbivorous species. Green turtles…

Being green turtle

I had always felt an affinity for wildlife, especially primates (even despite my aquatic affinities). I remember reading an article about Jane Goodall in a nature magazine for kids in our tiny elementary school library, and it honestly affected me. However a lifelong concern for…

Bornean orangutan

The rivers of the Wet Tropics in northeast Australia are perennial, meaning that they flow throughout the year. The Little Mulgrave River (shown above) is one of these perennial flowing rivers, and a tributary to the Mulgrave-Russell River complex that ultimately empties into the Great…

Perennial Flows

Dams, like the one pictured above, can have detrimental effects on freshwater ecosystems and their connectivity. The dam above is the Prairie du Sac, which sits on the Wisconsin River, and fragments connections between the Wisconsin River and downstream Mississippi River (140 km downstream as…

Fragments

The Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego is an island in the southernmost portion of South America. The island is shared by Chile to the west and Argentina to the east. It is the Argentine portion which is home to Tierra del Fuego National Park,…

Subantarctic Park

Schismatogobius insignum is a tiny scaleless goby that lives in the rivers of Northern Australia and other rivers across the Indo-Pacific. In Australia the species has only been recorded in a handful of streams including the Little Mulgrave River, which is where the fish in…

Scaleless