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2014 Countdown: 20 Favorite Wildlife Photos

In the long and proud tradition of year-end countdowns, I thought I’d mark the end of 2014 with a few of my own. This first series is “20 Favorite Wildlife Photos.” Out of all the wildlife I managed to photograph this year, … Continue reading

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American bullfrog

American bullfrogs (Anura: Ranidae: Lithobates catesbeianus) are the largest true frogs in North America. They can reach nearly eight inches (20 cm) in length from snout to tail, weigh over one pound (0.5 kg), and typically live for about eight years. … Continue reading

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Young eastern newt

Eastern newts (Caudata: Salamandridae: Notophthalmus viridescens) are relatively common throughout most of the eastern US and southeast Canada. They are typically found in ponds or moist woodlands, depending on their life stage. The gilled larvae and fully-developed adults are aquatic, but juveniles like the one shown … Continue reading

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Northern leopard frog

Northern leopard frogs (Anura: Ranidae: Rana [Lithobates] pipiens) are well-adapted to a variety of habitats and can be found throughout much of North America. These relatively cold-tolerant amphibians range well into Canada and through elevations up to 11,000 feet. During … Continue reading

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Eastern tiger salamander

Eastern tiger salamanders (Caudata: Ambystomatidae: Ambystoma tigrinum) are North America’s largest and most widespread terrestrial salamanders. They can be found in virtually any habitat across much of the continent, provided there is soil suitable for burrowing and water nearby for … Continue reading

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Northern green frogs

Today I did some hiking at Waterloo State Recreation Area north of Chelsea, Michigan. While on the Hickory Hills Trail I stopped for a while at the edge of Crooked Lake just to wait and watch. My patience was rewarded … Continue reading

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Isle Royale National Park: Day 1

Continued from Isle Royale National Park: Prologue On Friday we strapped on our 36-pound backpacks and headed to the Houghton County Memorial Airport for our 30-minute seaplane ride to Isle Royale National Park. As is often the case, transportation was delayed because … Continue reading

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