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Bird Species Spotlight: Sandhill Crane
by Jake Jacoby | December 4, 2017

Sandhill Crane © Jake JacobySandhill cranes are large birds with a wingspan of over 6′ and a body length of almost 4′. Their long legs and necks give them an almost dinosaurian appearance and they can routinely reach a weight of more than 10 pounds. Their common name refers to habitat like that at the Platte River, on...

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Bird Species Spotlight: Brown Pelican
by Jake Jacoby | May 2, 2017

Brown pelicans nesting © Jake JacobySquadrons of brown pelicans can routinely be seen flying together in v-shaped formation above the surf line along both the southern and western coasts of the United States. While there are seven species of pelicans, the brown pelican is the smallest and the only one that plunges from the air int...

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Southern Sea Lions and the Falkland Islands
by Jake Jacoby | March 27, 2017

Southern sea lions © Jake JacobyThe Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf and lie some 300 miles east of South America’s southern Patagonian coast. In addition to the two main islands of East and West Falklands, 776 smaller islands are also contained in the archipelago. The Falkland...

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Bird Species Spotlight: The Bald Eagle
by Jake Jacoby | December 1, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyThe bald eagle has been the national emblem of the United States since June 20, 1782 when the Continental Congress adopted the design for the Great Seal of the United States depicting a bald eagle grasping 13 arrows and an olive branch with its talons. The bald eagle has been a spiritual symbol...

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Bird Species Spotlight: Atlantic Puffin
by Jake Jacoby | October 26, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyThere are four species of puffins in the world: Atlantic; horned; tufted; and the rhinoceros auklet. Only the Atlantic puffin is found in the North Atlantic Ocean and is the smallest of the species; the other three puffins are found in the Pacific Ocean. All puffins have a lifespan of 20 years o...

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Bird Species Spotlight: Acorn Woodpecker
by Jake Jacoby | October 11, 2016

Copyright Jake JacobyLooking like wide-eyed clowns, acorn woodpeckers live in large groups in oak woodlands. I saw my first one during a recent trip to Costa Rica in February this year. Their social lives are endlessly fascinating as they store literally thousands of acorns each year by jamming them into specially m...

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