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Population changes in Flying Squirrels

The population of any given animal species in nature goes up and down over time in a geographic area. This is how nature works. Some years is species is plentiful and other years the population is dismal in a given area. These are the ebbs and flows of nature. I was reminded of this the other...

Eastern Gray Squirrel

I was recently asked by a local TV news station to answer a question about how squirrels find their buried nuts. This is a great example of super cool things that go on in nature that most people don’t understand or realize. So, let’s look at these amazing squirrels and their...

Eastern Gray Squirrel

I was recently asked by a local TV news station to answer a question about how squirrels find their buried nuts. This is a great example of super cool things that go on in nature that most people don’t understand or realize. So, let’s look at these amazing squirrels and their...

Eastern Gray Squirrel

I was recently asked by a local TV news station to answer a question about how squirrels find their buried nuts. This is a great example of super cool things that go on in nature that most people don’t understand or realize. So, let’s look at these amazing squirrels and their...

Arctic Hare

I like to argue that adaptation is the engine that drives Mother Nature. In biology, adaptation is broken down into three different aspects. The first of the tri-aspects is the natural selection matches an organism to their environment, which in turns enhances their evolutionary fitness. The...

Beluga Whale

In the past when I traveled to the arctic to film Polar Bears, I always went during the winter, or perhaps a better way to say that is, I went when there was snow on the ground. After all, capturing images of Polar Bears in snow is the quintessential shot. But when I went this last time, I went...

Northern Lights

On my recent trip to the sub-arctic to photograph/film Polar Bears and Beluga Whales, we had an opportunity to witness and capture some images of one of nature’s most spectacular and inspiring shows, the Aurora Borealis or otherwise known as the Northern Lights.

Each day after a...

Polar Bears

After almost 10 years, I returned to one of my favorite places to film and photograph the largest land predator in the world. The only known animal to actively hunt people to eat. An animal so big that the adult males can weigh upwards of 1,500 pounds. That’s right, you read that...

Rule Breakers

In the natural world, I really admire the rule breakers. You know, the species of plant or animal that just doesn’t fit the pigeon-hole that we people have dug for them and want them to fit nicely into. I like the species that go against the preconceived ideas we have set forth for the...

Oak Tree and Acorns

One of the most important parts of any forest ecosystem or ecology is the mighty oak tree. It is often a huge sprawling tree with thick heavy branches, large dark green leaves and a trunk covered with thick bark. There are approximately 500 species of oak tree found all around the world in the...

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