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Virginia Opossum - Photo (c) Jessie Hirsch, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Virginia Opossum Info
The Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), commonly known as the North American opossum, is the only marsupial found in North America north of Mexico. In the United States it is typically referred to simply as a possum. A solitary and nocturnal animal about the size of a domestic cat, and thus the largest opossum, it is a successful opportunist. It is familiar to many North Americans as it is often seen near towns, rummaging through garbage cans,... (From Wikipedia)
Osprey - Photo (c) Mike Baird, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Osprey Info
The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), sometimes known as the sea hawk, fish eagle, or fish hawk, is a diurnal, fish-eating bird of prey. It is a large raptor, reaching more than 60 cm (24 in) in length and 180 cm (71 in) across the wings. It is brown on the upperparts and predominantly greyish on the head and underparts. In 1994, the osprey was declared the provincial bird of Nova Scotia, Canada. (From Wikipedia)
Spotted Towhee - Photo (c) sarbhloh, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Spotted Towhee Info
The Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) is a large New World sparrow. The taxonomy of the towhees has been debated in recent decades, and formerly this bird and the Eastern Towhee were considered a single species, the Rufous-sided Towhee. An archaic name for the Spotted Towhee is the Oregon Towhee (Pipilo maculatus oregonus). (From Wikipedia)
American brook lamprey - Photo (c) John G. Cramer III, all rights reserved, uploaded by johngcramer C
American brook lamprey Info
The American brook lamprey (Lethenteron appendix), is non-parasitic lamprey. In adults their disc-like mouths contain poorly developed teeth, useless for attaching to a host. (From Wikipedia)
Magnificent Bryozoan - Photo (c) Roger Smith, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Magnificent Bryozoan Info
Pectinatella magnifica is a member of the Bryozoa phylum. It is a colony of organisms that bind together; these colonies can sometimes be 2 meters in diameter. These organisms can be mostly in North America with some in Europe. They are often found attached to objects, but can be found free floating as well. They form a translucent body with many star-like blooms along the outside. The density of the organism is similar to that of... (From Wikipedia)
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