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Tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore by Pat Ulrich.

5 Intriguing Behaviors of Rutting Elk (Videos)

11/22/2014 // By Dani Tinker

The elk mating season (the rut) takes place every fall, prompted by shorter day lengths. Males (bulls) breed with a number of females (cows) during this time, and exhibit a few fascinating behaviors. I was disappointed to miss the rut this year, but […] Read more >

Polar Bears by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant James Seith.

Watch 1,000 Polar Bears Spar and Nap as They Wait for Hudson Bay to Freeze (Live Cam)

11/4/2014 // By Rachel Faulkner

An estimated 1,000 polar bears gather annually near the Churchill, Canada and wait for Hudson Bay to freeze over so they can hunt seals and other marine mammals. This live stream reveals what polar bears do as they wait for the water to freeze. This […] Read more >

Great Horned Owl by Roger Garber

Winter Weather’s Fine for Nesting Great Horned Owls

2/10/2014 // By Laura Tangley

Here in North America, where much of the continent is battling ice, snow and bone-chilling cold, this may seem like a very bad time of year for a bird to nest. But to the great horned owl, February is the ideal […] Read more >

Photo by Doug Inkley

Creating a Habitat for Screech Owls

2/5/2014 // By Doug Inkley

On a cold winter day my favorite little screech owl recently spent the afternoon sunning. Dressed in its handsome feathered suit, my screech owl becomes almost invisible sitting in the opening of its nest hole. Usually hidden away in the […] Read more >

A pair of monarch butterflies in Rockland, Maine, fueling up for the trip south. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Gordon Brown.

Monarchs Face New Threats, Losses Along Migration Route

1/31/2014 // By Linda Argueta

The monarch butterfly has always been the most popular, recognizable and well known species of its kind. With its stunning bright orange wings and black and white markings, these butterflies bring smiles to people across the United States during their […] Read more >

A pilot whale breaking the surface of the Atlantic. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Emily Brigham.

Dangerous Waters: More Pilot Whales Stranded in Florida

1/23/2014 // By Daniel Hubbell

UPDATED BELOW On January 22nd eight short-finned pilot whales died near Fort Myers, Florida and another six whales are unaccounted for. Pilot whales are normally deepwater creatures, and can become easily stranded in shallow coastal waters. Unable to escape and […] Read more >

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What Would the Flying Fox Say? “It’s Too Hot!”

1/16/2014 // By Guest Author

This was written by a guest author Micaela Jemison Images of Australian baby bats in rehabilitation, bundled up in colorful blankets and being bottle-fed are now a common sight on the Internet as heat waves become more frequent Down Under. Australia is […] Read more >

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5 Myths About Bears

12/3/2013 // By Gretchen Pierce

We’re celebrating all things bear this week with Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-Thon! We were shocked to discover that there wasn’t already a day or week devoted to all the different kinds of bears, so we instituted Ranger Rick’s Bear-a-Thon to correct that […] Read more >

Rabbit by Sarah Rose

Easter, Eggs and Your Backyard

4/4/2012 // By Mark Wexler

As far as I know, no rabbit has ever left an egg in my backyard during Easter. But birds have, and with spring arriving earlier than usual this year, some of our feathered friends have been busy for days ahead of their normal schedules, building nests on my property. (photo by Sarah Rose) Read more >

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Animal Trickery: It’s No April Fool’s Joke

3/29/2012 // By Roger Di Silvestro

April Fool’s Day marks a time when lies, trickery and deception are okay, even encouraged, provided they’re done harmlessly and in a spirit of fun. In the nonhuman world, however, trickery can be serious business, a way to live long and […] Read more >