Here’s a place I have heard about my whole life. Catchy name. I got to visit it this past November, and it is as unusual and quirky as it’s name…and far more exotic and beautiful than I had ever imagined. The Okefenokee Swamp is a peat-filled wetland that straddles the U.S. Georgia-Florida border. A […]

via The Okefenokee Swamp — Jet Eliot

I can look around the forest and field of Westmoreland County and I can see environmental devastation. I can see fragmented forest that’s a dim reflection of the primeval Seventeenth Century canopy. I can see bright orange streams, tainted for decades by the arteries of acidic water ruptured during the heyday of deep bituminous coal […]

via The Land of the Living — the dying fish

An invasive signal crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, crossing a road in Oxford. (Photo: Andrew Gray, Flickr)Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans that can be found in a range of freshwater habitats, from fast-flowing rivers to swamps and ditches. Even in places where they are abundant, they are secretive and not commonly seen, so the ongoing widespread invasion by non-native…

via Invading Europe’s waterways: the crayfish occupation — The Invasives Blog

Center for Biological Diversity News Release The California Fish and Game Commission today approved California Endangered Species Act protections for five of six populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog, a species that has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state. The decision responds to a 2016 petition by the Center […]

via Imperiled Yellow-legged Frogs Protected Under California’s Endangered Species Act — Natural History Wanderings

Order: Testudines Family: Emydidae Actinemys marmorata (Northwestern pond turtle) and Actinemys pallida (Southwestern pond turtle) Natural History Information Range and Habitat Historically found from southern British Columbia to northern Baja California, Western pond turtles once dominated freshwater systems throughout the west coast of North America (Germano and Bury 2001). Marshes, wetland sloughs, lakes and ponds […]

via Western Pond Turtle — Ambassador Animal

Clemmys guttata Order: Testudines Family: Emydidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat Spotted pond turtles are found in large, deep rivers in northern India, Assam, southern Pakistan and Bangladesh. Longevity Spotted pond turtles can live 15 to 20 years or more if cared for properly. Ecosystem Role Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Life Cycle Natural History […]

via Spotted Turtle — Ambassador Animal