You have to have sharp eyes to spot an eastern screech owl in the wild.
Masters of disguise, screech owls nest in tree cavities, camouflaging themselves in their surroundings. This one was spotted at Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. So next time you visit public lands, be sure to look for hidden wildlife – you never know whoooo might be watching you. Photos by Graham McGeorge (www.sharetheexperience.org).
It’s Manatee Appreciation Day! These gentle giants can grow to over 14 feet in length and weigh over 3,000 pounds. Also, known as “sea cows,” manatees feed on seagrasses and other aquatic plants. Today, the total population is estimated to be at least 13,000 manatees, with more than 6,500 in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. When aerial surveys began in 1991, there were only an estimated 1,267 manatees in Florida. Check out more fun facts about manatees: https://on.doi.gov/2fpJzxv Photo from Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Photo: Wisdom has a remarkable history of successfully raising chicks. Wisdom newest chick finds comfort in her mother’s embrace. Photo credit: Bob Peyton/USFWS.
67, Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, is a mother
once more! On February 6th, approximately two months after Wisdom began
incubating her egg, Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai welcomed their newest chick
to Midway Atoll.