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American badgers at play. --Photographer: National Park Service
FRIDAY DEC 09 2011
The American badger (Taxidea taxus) is typically thought of as a denizen of midwest states and the Big Ten Conference. But this muscular, burrowing ...more
Robert Fisher at UC Berkeley --Photographer: UC Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Southern California, land of Hollywood glitz and military might. But it is also home to a highly biodiverse landscape of unique plants and animals. ...more
Northern sea otter being cared for at the Seattle Aquarium --Photographer: CJ Casson/Seattle Aquarium
MONDAY AUG 01 2011
Marine biologists are setting up camp in Forks, Washington, this week to capture some fanged predators. They are definitely cute and they have great ...more
Sonoran or Morafka's desert tortoise --Photographer: Cecil Schwalbe/USGS
We've seen many photos of gray and dusty-looking tortoises in the media over the last two days, as a result of the newly announced tortoise species. But check out this photo taken by biologist Cecil Schwalbe of the USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, one of our sister offices: ...more
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