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Osprey

Climbing a 20 foot tall, narrow metal ladder, carrying an arm full of expensive camera gear is always a nerve racking experience. Once I was perched on top, I start to organize all the camera gear and get settled in for a long wait. It took several minutes to adjust the camouflage material used...

Mink and Purple Martins

The other day I was working with my Purple Martin colony. I have 16 gourd nesting boxes which house 16 families, and at this time of year the babies are fledging (leaving the nest for the first time). Earlier in the day I had picked up one baby martin that was on the ground and put them back...

Stripped Skunk

Some animals command more attention than others. Large charismatic critters seem to grab all the headlines and attention while small unassuming critters go completely unnoticed. The Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius) is one of those small animals you’ve never seen or perhaps even...

Turkey Verse Pheasant

It has been a very busy spring. I’ve been traveling extensively and giving numerous presentations to thousands of participants across 5 states. I really enjoy getting out to meet so many people who come to my presentations and enjoy nature as much as I do.

My speaking engagements...

Spring Wildflowers

Walking down the dirt foot path through an amazing forest filled with towering trees. I have to adjust my tripod and camera that I am carrying over my right shoulder. I’ve been carrying this heavy camera gear for 4 days in a row so the top of my shoulder is getting a little tender and...

Snow Geese

A magnificent natural event happens each spring along a very special river in South Central Nebraska. The Platte River starts out as two smaller branches, the northern branch originating in the mountains of Wyoming and the southern branch in the mountains of Colorado. Separately, these...

Red Fox

Each winter I make a pilgrimage to my favorite winter wonderland, Yellowstone National Park. I look forward to being immersed in the wild and surrounded by an intact ecosystem. Everything from the tiniest critters to the largest predators inhabit the park making it one of the few places with a...

Manatee

Continuing with my exploration of the wonders of Florida by taking a closer look at the Florida Manatee. Also known as the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) or the Sea Cow, the manatee was one of the original 78 species that were included on the Endangered Species list when...

American Oyster Catcher

Slowing wading through a clear tidal pool, about knee deep, in coastal Florida, I was trying to move slow enough to not disturb a gorgeous American Oystercatcher that was napping on a small sandbar in the middle of the lagoon. Oystercatchers are amazing looking shorebirds with a black hood...

American Oyster Catcher

Slowing wading through a clear tidal pool, about knee deep, in coastal Florida, I was trying to move slow enough to not disturb a gorgeous American Oystercatcher that was napping on a small sandbar in the middle of the lagoon. Oystercatchers are amazing looking shorebirds with a black hood...

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