A Talk on the Wild Side.
If you didn't know, every region has a Flickr page with some great imagery - so does our National Digital Library (along with lots of other cool things). Here's a quick photo tour of our regions. Enjoy!
These Mexican spotted owls, listed as threatened, rest in a canyon in Utah, in the Mountain Prairie Region. Rock walls with caves, ledges, and other areas provide protected nest and roost sites.
Photo Credit: Amie Smith
This image was taken just after these birds had taken flight, and comes to us from the Southwest Region.
Photo Credit: USFWS
These brown bear cubs play at Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Like all bears, brown bears can stand up on their hind legs for extended periods of time.
Photo: Steve Hillebrand, USFWS
The Valley Elderberry Longhorned beetle is an endangered species. They spend most of their lives as larvae inside the stems of the bushes, emerging as adults between March and June to lay their eggs on nearby elderberries. The insects eat elderberry nectar, flowers and leaves. Check out the Pacific Southwest Region!
Photo Credit: Jon Katz and Joe Silveira/USFWS
A sunrise on the coral reef at Shark Island lagoon, French Frigate Shoals. Shark Island is part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Region.
Photo credit: Lindsey Kramer/USFWS
This Eastern chipmunk was photographed at Hawley Bog, Massachusetts, located in the Northeast Region. These chipmunks dig burrows up to ten feet long!
Photo Credit: Bill Thompson/USFWS
Even among turtles, the Blanding’s turtle is a long-lived species. In fact, these turtles have been documented to successfully breed past 70 years of age. Like most long-lived creatures they have a lower reproductive rate. Compared to most Midwestern turtles, Blanding’s lay smaller clutches of eggs and lay less frequently.
Photo by Tina Shaw/USFWS
Here, Service biologist Sue Cameron checks a bat for wing damage. For the past ten years, biologists from across the nation have descended on an area in the Southeast for three nights of intensive bat work - capturing bats and recording data such as species, weight, and sex; then releasing the bats back into the wild. This time it was based in Crossnore, North Carolina. Each bat was checked for wing damage, often a sign of white-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed millions of bats.
Credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS