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Northern Alligator Lizard
2007-03-19 15:25:21

The Northern Alligator Lizard, Elgaria coerulea, is a medium-sized lizard that lives in the North American west cost. It occurs along the Pacific Coast and in the Rocky Mountains from southern British Columbia through Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana south through Oregon until the coastal range and the Sierra Nevada in central California. These lizards can attain a length of...

American Avocet
2005-06-14 12:38:35

The American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) is a large wader in the avocet and stilt family, Recurvirostridae. Adults have long legs, a rust head and neck, a long up-turned bill and a white lower body with a distinctive black and white pattern on the wing and back. Their breeding habitat includes marshes, prairie ponds, and shallow lakes in the mid-west and on the Pacific coast of North...

Clarks Grebe
2005-06-14 09:04:12

The Clark's Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkia) is a North American member of the grebe family of water birds. Up until the 1980s, it was thought to be a pale morph of the Western Grebe, which it resembles in size, range, and behavior. Intermediates between the two species are known. The Clark's Grebe is black-and-white, with a long, slender, swan-like neck. It ranges in size from 22"-29"....

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'