I'm your average semi-casual birdwatcher, but I reserve the passion other people save for birds for dragonflies and damselflies. I love almost all of nature, though, and get pretty excited about reptiles and mammals and plants, too.

My Master's thesis focused on plant paleoecology.

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mbarton's favorite taxa

Northern River Otter - Photo (c) Jason Pratt, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Northern River Otter Info
The North American river otter (Lontra canadensis), also known as the northern river otter or the common otter, is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to the North American continent found in and along its waterways and coasts. An adult river otter can weigh between 5.0 and 14 kg (11.0 and 31 lb). The river otter is protected and insulated by a thick, water-repellent coat of fur. (From Wikipedia)
American Rubyspot - Photo (c) Patrick Coin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
American Rubyspot Info
The American Rubyspot (Hetaerina americana) is a damselfly of the family Calopterygidae. Males have a lustrous red head and thorax. The abdomen of both genders is brilliant green. The female may have either green or copper colored marks on the thorax. (From Wikipedia)
Scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper - Photo (c) Caleb Slemmons, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Scarlet Hawaiian Honeycreeper Info
The ʻIʻiwi (Vestiaria coccinea), pronounced ee-EE-vee, is a "hummingbird-niched" species of Hawaiian honeycreeper and the only member of the genus Vestiaria. It is one of the most plentiful species of this family, many of which are endangered or extinct. The ʻIʻiwi is a highly recognizable symbol of Hawaiʻi. The ʻIʻiwi is the third most common native land bird in the Hawaiian Islands. Large colonies of ʻIʻiwi inhabit the islands of Hawaiʻi and Kauaʻi, with smaller colonies... (From Wikipedia)
Blue-footed Booby - Photo (c) Mikko Koponen, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Blue-footed Booby Info
The Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) is a marine bird in the family Sulidae, which includes ten species of long-winged seabirds. First studied extensively by Charles Darwin, it belongs to the genus Sula, which comprises six species of boobies. It is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait. Males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting their feet up and down while strutting before the female. The... (From Wikipedia)
Galapagos Land Iguana - Photo (c) Tim Ellis, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Galapagos Land Iguana Info
The Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) is a species of lizard in the family Iguanidae. It is one of three species of the genus Conolophus. It is endemic to the Galápagos Islands, primarily the islands of Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Baltra, and South Plaza. (From Wikipedia)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Photo (c) TexasEagle, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Info
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus, also known as the Texas bird-of-paradise and the swallowtailed flycatcher) is a long-tailed insectivorous (insect-eating) bird of the genus Tyrannus, whose members are collectively referred to as kingbirds. The kingbirds are a group of large insectivorous birds in the tyrant flycatcher (Tyrannidae) family. The scissor-tailed flycatcher is found in North and Central America. (From Wikipedia)
Burrowing Owl - Photo (c) Jack Wolf, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND) CC
Burrowing Owl Info
The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing Owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation. They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.). Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the midday heat. But like... (From Wikipedia)
Flammulated Owl - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Flammulated Owl Info
The Flammulated Owl (Psiloscops flammeolus) is a small, nocturnal owl approximately 15 cm (6 in) long with a 36 cm (14 in) wingspan. Males and females can be distinguished by their weight. Females are larger, ranging from 62-65 grams and males are smaller ranging from 50-52 grams. The owl gets the name flammulated from the flame like markings on its face, (Bremiller, 2003). It breeds from southern British Columbia and the western United States to central Mexico. It is a neotropical migrant... (From Wikipedia)
White-faced Ibis - Photo (c) Linda Tanner, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
White-faced Ibis Info
The White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) is a wading bird in the ibis family Threskiornithidae. (From Wikipedia)
Roseate Skimmer - Photo (c) Cory  Campora, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Roseate Skimmer Info
The Roseate Skimmer (Orthemis ferruginea) is a species dragonfly in the family Libellulidae. It is native to the Americas, where its distribution extends from the United States to Brazil. It is common and widespread. It is an introduced species in Hawaii. (From Wikipedia)
Tricolored Heron - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Tricolored Heron Info
The Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) formerly known in North America as the Louisiana Heron, is a small heron. It is a resident breeder from the Gulf states of the USA and northern Mexico south through Central America and the Caribbean to central Brazil and Peru. There is some post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range. (From Wikipedia)
Flightless Cormorant - Photo (c) Laura Gooch, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Flightless Cormorant Info
The Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi), also known as the Galapagos Cormorant, is a cormorant native to the Galapagos Islands, and an example of the highly unusual fauna there. It is unique in that it is the only cormorant that has lost the ability to fly. Once it was placed in its own genus, Nannopterum or Compsohalieus, although current taxonomy places it in the genus with most of the other cormorants, Phalacrocorax. (From Wikipedia)
Red-footed Booby - Photo (c) Drew Avery, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Red-footed Booby Info
The Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) is a large seabird of the booby family, Sulidae. As suggested by the name, adults always have red feet, but the colour of the plumage varies. They are powerful and agile fliers, but they are clumsy in takeoffs and landings. They are found widely in the tropics, and breed colonially in coastal regions, especially islands. (From Wikipedia)
Marine Iguana - Photo (c) David Cook Wildlife Photography, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Marine Iguana Info
The marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) is an iguana found only on the Galápagos Islands that has the ability, unique among modern lizards, to live and forage in the sea, making it a marine reptile. The iguana can dive over 9 m (30 ft) into the water. It has spread to all the islands in the archipelago, and is sometimes called the Galápagos marine iguana. It mainly lives on the rocky Galápagos shore, but can also be spotted in... (From Wikipedia)
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