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Pumpkins

It’s hard to beat this time of year. The cool days, the colorful trees and pumpkins. Ya, that’s right, pumpkins. I find pumpkins fascinating. Especially the history of pumpkins. You might agree after reading about this amazing vine.

The pumpkin is the oldest known cultivated...

American Elk

When it comes to confusing common names for animals, I think the American Elk has got to be near the top of the confusing list. This came to light last week when I was in northern Montana to film and photograph Elk. I ran into a guy from Europe who was also looking to capture images of Elk, but...

Black Bear

Standing in a small clearing, deep in the Northwoods of Minnesota, I was telling the participants in my Black Bear photo workshop some of the more interesting natural history facts about the American Black Bear. Things like how female bears are one of the few mammals to have delayed fertilized...

Long-Tailed Weasel

Every now and then I get an opportunity to work with a species that I don’t have much hands-on experience. These are often rare or endangered species or a species that is difficult to access and lives in areas that makes it hard to get close to. Years ago, I traveled across the U.S. to...

Purple Martin Roost

I am no stranger to traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles to see, study and document some of natures most wonderful events. For over 35 years I have travels to see the epic migration of Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska, stunning flocks of Snow Geese in North Dakota and remarkable Monarch...

Common Tern

Every now and then I meet a true wildlife superhero. You know, the kind of person who has dedicated their life to understand and protecting wildlife. And even after many decades they are still interested in learning more and doing the hard work that it takes to protect an endangered species....

Blackbirds

Blackbirds always seem to get a bad rap and as the late Rodney Dangerfield was fond of saying, “they get no respect” in the bird world. I for one would argue that the blackbirds are an amazing group of birds and that if you knew just how special blackbirds are, you would think they...

Red-necked Grebe

The wide diversity of birds on earth should be a reminder to us all that the natural world is a place where life takes all shapes, colors, and forms. I was reminded of this recently while running my Loon photo workshop / tours. I like to surprise my clients with a “bonus bird” to...

American Redstart

The complexities of nature is sometimes hard to understand and even harder to justify or feel good about, especially when seen through the human lens. I was reminded of this the other day while filming a family of American Redstarts (Setophaga ruticilla) that is nesting on my...

Loons and Solar Eclipse

Everyday in nature is a new and exciting adventure. Even after 40 plus years of working with wildlife in some of the most beautiful places I still learn new things and surprised by what I see or what I learn. All of this creates a sense of wonder and amazement in my mind. It also keeps me going...

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