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Kings Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 12:16:00

Kings Canyon National Park is located in southern Sierra, Nevada. The park encompasses an area that was once General Grant National Park, which was established in 1890, in order to preserve a grove of giant sequoia trees. The area was known to European settlers in the mid-nineteenth century, but was not well-known until 1873, after John Muir visited and found the environment to be similar to...

Compost
2013-03-03 07:19:30

Image Caption: Compost barrel with compost and tools. Credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia Compost is fertilizer made from decomposed organic matter that is then tilled directly into the soil or used as an additive when transplanting seedlings. Composting can be very simplistic or complex, depending on the amount of compost needed. Compost is widely used in organic farming because of its high...

Narrow-Lined Puffer Arothron manilensis
2013-02-17 08:48:04

Image Caption: Narrow-lined puffer image taken by NOAA in Guam, Mariana Islands. Credit: David Burdick (NOAA)/Wikipedia The narrow-lined puffer is native to the western pacific in shallow lagoons and estuaries with a muddy or sandy sea floor at depths up to 60 feet. Found around the Philippines, northwest Australia, Samoa, Ryukyu Islands, New South Wales, and Tonga. The body of the...

Potato Puffer Tetraodon miurus
2013-02-17 08:21:54

Image Credit: Jamie C/Wikipedia The potato puffer, also called the Congo puffer, inhabits freshwater rivers of Africa, primarily in the Congo basin, occasionally found in flowing rapids. This puffer is a very inactive bottom dweller, burying itself in the sandy river bed waiting for prey to pass by. Although the potato puffer is a very aggressive predator, it also hides to keep out of sight...

Orange-fin Anemonefish Amphiprion chrysopterus
2013-02-09 08:07:34

Image Credit: National Park Service/Wikipedia The orange-fin anemonefish is also named the orange-fin clownfish. It is found north of the Great Barrier Reef in the Pacific Ocean between the coastal reefs of Queensland, Australia, and New Guinea, to the Marshall and Tuamoto Islands. The adult will inhabit the outer side of the reef slope, from the surface to 65 feet deep. The body is short...

Weather Education - Orographic Thunderstorms
2013-01-13 09:40:16

Orographic thunderstorms are formed when the air is pushed up a mountain side. This type of thunderstorm is found only on the windward side of a mountain range. In the United States we would find these types of thunderstorms on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains and also on the western slopes of the Appalachians. Things that make this thunderstorm important: First of all they only...

Hardhead Aythya australis
2013-01-02 11:55:50

The Hardhead (aythya australis), also known as the White-eyed Duck is the only true diving duck found in Australia. Hardheads are familiar in the south-east of Australia, especially in the Murray-Darling Basin, but also in the wetter country near the coasts. They are somewhat drifting in normal years, but disperse widely in times of drought. Significant numbers reach as far afield as New...

Hawaiian Flagtail Kuhlia sandvicensis
2012-12-26 06:21:13

During the day Hawaiian flagtail (locally known as Aholehole) huddle in schools around the top of reefs and along drop-offs where turbulent water creates bubbles hiding them from predators in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Young flagtails will form schools in the shallow water near sandy beaches, mouths of streams, tide pools, and brackish water (salt and fresh water combined). At night the...

Crab-eating Mongoose Herpestes urva
2012-11-16 13:32:25

The crab-eating mongoose (Herpestes urva) is a mammal that can be found in east and Southeast Asia. Its range includes southern China, Nepal, Myanmar, and northeastern India, as well as areas Laos, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam in Southeast Asia. This species is active mainly at night, spending a good percentage of their time in water or near water and other moist areas. It is slender in...

Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
2012-10-29 15:22:28

A long-legged wading bird, The Great Knot, is the largest of the calidrid species. They breed in the tundra of North Siberia, and migrate strongly in the winter to the coasts of Southern Asia through Australia, traveling in very large flocks. They lay about four eggs on the ground in a ground scrape. Great Knots migrate over long distances and use a limited number of staging sites during its...