Grizzly 399 with her Three Cubs

Grizzly 399 is alive!! and she’s emerged with a new cub!

For all of us who have had the privilege of witnessing this matriarch with her offspring, you can image our horror upon hearing that a hunter was claiming to have killed this spectacular “mom” earlier in the year (2016). We now know that Grizzly 399 (“Blondie”) lives! She emerged from her den at 10:13am on […]

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What Gear is in Deb’s Pack

I’m often asked what gear I use.  Here’s what currently in my pack: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV dslr body (2) Canon EOS 7D Mark II dslr bodies Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Canon EF 70-2oomm f/2.8L IS USM Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Canon Extender EF 1.4x […]

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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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Lone Elk (Spike) in the Fog - (Great Smoky Mountains NP)

Tragedy Strikes: Habituation to Humans Ends in Young Elk’s Death in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Many of you have already seen the video (going viral) showing a young male elk (spike) interacting with a photographer in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This young elk was play-sparring with a man who had been photographing wildlife in the park. Normally, wildlife will not approach humans but, in this case, the elk […]

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Gray Wolves - Alpha Female with her pack - October 2000

Urgent: Please help stop the slaughter of wolves in Wisconsin

Wolf-killing in Wisconsin is out of control: Nearly 200 wolves killed in just over 2 weeks! Please TAKE ACTION NOW by going to Defenders of Wildlife and sign their petition: https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2659 . In Wisconsin, in just over two weeks, 181 wolves have been killed by hunters and trappers. More wolves have been killed in these […]

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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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