Species

Bobcat on the Hunt - (Great Smoky Mountains NP)

SPECIES UPDATE – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

UPDATED January 8, 2019: As of January 8, 2019, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a UNESCO-MAB World Heritage Site), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 1000 species new to science and 9523 species new to the park. In total to date, there are 19866 total species in the Great Smoky Mountains National […]

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genus Magicicada (Brood XIV) - (Great Smoky Mountains NP)

Share My Admiration for the Periodical Cicada

I’ve always felt a special fondness for the remarkable Periodical Cicada (genus Magicicada). The life history of this small critter is compelling with populations only appearing to us at 13 year or 17 year intervals. In May of 2008, I was fortunate to have witnessed the emergence of the 17-Year Periodical Cicada. They were identified […]

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Little Elk Calf - (Great Smoky Mountains NP)

Elk Reintroduction in the Smokies

DID YOU KNOW: This little male elk calf is a member of an elk  population making a comeback. As a result of over-hunting and habitat loss, this native species was nearing extinction throughout the Appalachian mountains and eastern United States. By 1900’s it was feared that the elk was nearing extinction throughout all of North […]

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Moose Cow Feeding in a Pond (view 2) - (Yellowstone NP)

Wildlife Photography Part 1 – Code of Ethics

Whether you’re out hiking in the backcountry or sightseeing from your car, having a chance encounter with wildlife is a magnificent and treasured moment. Watching little elk calves speed running zigzag among the herd or glimpsing a bear munching on glacier lilies are sights that captivate and inspire us all. – Deb For many however, […]

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