I've been very interested in Nature since I was a kid. Here in CA, I'm obsessed with plants from April through June. When I'm traveling internationally, I mainly focus on birds. When I'm traveling in the US, I'm always on the lookout for herps, butterflies, and dragonflies. And I'm always excited to learn about other insects and critters wherever I am if I can find a Naturalist to teach me!

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Coastal Tailed Frog - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Coastal Tailed Frog Info
The tailed frogs are two species of frogs in the genus Ascaphus, the only taxon in the family Ascaphidae /æˈskæfɨdiː/. The "tail" in the name is actually an extension of the male cloaca. The tail is one of two distinctive anatomical features adapting the species to life in fast-flowing streams. It is the only North American frog that reproduces by internal fertilization. (From Wikipedia)
African Bush Elephant - Photo (c) David Bygott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
African Bush Elephant Info
The African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) is the larger of the two species of African elephant. Both it and the African forest elephant have usually been classified as a single species, known simply as the African elephant, but recent evidence has seen the forest elephant classified as a distinct species. Some authorities still consider the currently available evidence as insufficient for splitting African elephants into two species. (From Wikipedia)
American Pika - Photo (c) Daniele Colombo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
American Pika Info
The American pika (Ochotona princeps), a diurnal species of pika, is found in the mountains of western North America, usually in boulder fields at or above the tree line. They are herbivorous, smaller relatives of rabbits and hares. (From Wikipedia)
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