native to colombia and panama, the pirri harlequin frog’s population has experienced major declines due to chytridiomycosis, a fungus that is wiping out frog species in south america. additional threats include habitat loss due to agricultural development, logging, human settlement, and pollution, often from the spraying chemicals on illegal crops. you can take steps to protect frog species native to your area by choosing to keep your yard 100% chemical and pesticide free. photo taken @amphibianrescue in panama.
I am delighted to announce that images from the photo ark will be featured in national geographic’s orchestral live experience, symphony for our world. delivered in five parts, the show brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains, and soaring into the sky. footage is paired with an original symphony composed by bleeding fingers music, performed live by a full orchestra and choir – a combination that is guaranteed to have you feeling inspired to see what we can save together. shows are coming up in minneapolis, madison, chicago, and ann arbor - click the link in my bio to grab your tickets today!
Ovenbirds, like this one photographed @marathonwildbird will soon be joining hundreds of thousands of birds for spring migration, racing through the southern united states to reach their breeding grounds in the north. you can help this and other bird species complete their migration successfully by turning off lights or closing drapes in your home or office building! when birds encounter glass, they see the image it reflects rather than a hard surface, so when a building’s lights are left on overnight birds can easily get disoriented. several audubon groups like @houstonaudubon have convinced their local governments to turn off overnight light fixtures during the spring migration through the lights out initiative. click the link in my bio to learn more about how you can make your home and office space bird-friendly!
Short-snouted seahorses like this little guy are found in shallow waters off the south coast of england where they have easy access to seagrass meadows. as poor swimmers, this species needs the seagrass in order to hold on in heavy currents and navigate their habitat safely. in recent years these seahorses have been spotted in some unexpected places like the thames river! in england, marine conservation zones are being proposed to protect seahorses - you can add your support to the campaign by checking out the link in my bio! photo taken @oceanariodelisboa
happy national panda day! in the past decade giant panda numbers have risen by 17 percent, but this rare bear isn’t out of the woods yet. traditional threats to pandas such as poaching appear to be declining, but disturbances including mining, hydro-power, and tourism are on the rise.thankfully, conservation efforts to tackle these threats and increase the panda’s population are taking place around the world. for instance, this panda @zooatl is on loan from china. the zoo pays an annual fee for each individual in its care, with the funds going directly towards efforts to save giant pandas in the wild. global awareness and conservation efforts like these won’t just protect the panda - they will also benefit many other rare species as well, including the endangered takin, golden monkey, red panda, and crested ibis!
Abalones are large mollusks reminiscent of sea snails. this species, known as the ass’s ear abalone, earned its name because of the shape of its shell, which looks a lot like a donkey’s ear. found in the indian and western pacific oceans, it is believed that the population of this species is declining due to over-collection. dr. ronnie estrellada is working on a breeding and reintroduction program that has been successful in recent years, giving this species a second chance to thrive. rearing this species is quite difficult as they only eat algae produced in brackish water. thanks to dr. ronnie’s research, many juveniles are now back in the wild, living in protected areas. photo taken at semirara’s breeding center in the philippines.
Today is save a spider day! as the largest jumping spider in north america, it's easy to see how this species became known as the regal jumping spider. as with all jumping spiders, it uses its excellent vision to locate prey and potential mates. this species, which is most often seen in florida, has been spotted in the wild feeding on a type of weevil known for causing damage to citrus trees and sugarcane. spiders don’t always have a great reputation, but despite common perceptions they are more friend than foe, especially when it comes to yard maintenance. they work hard, removing insect pests from your garden beds early in the spring, and continue eating them throughout the growing season. garden spiders have big appetites, too, eating at least one insect pest per day. so the more garden spiders in your landscape, the more helpers you have! photo taken at university of florida, gainesville.
The common green birdwing’s scientific name, ornithoptera priamus, gives this butterfly species an origin story deeply rooted in history. priamus comes from the name priam, which just so happened to be the name of the king of troy during the trojan war. this species was first described nearly 200 years ago from specimens collected in indonesia, but is represented by almost 20 different subspecies that range from the maluku islands to australia. overall this species remains widespread, but some subspecies are threatened by habitat destruction, with those subspecies of greatest conservation concern found on smaller islands. photo taken @theomahazoo.
Very few honduran club-tail iguanas like this one @sacramentozoo are involved in captive breeding programs and few legal protections are in place for the species, which means it is crucial that we take action to save this species in the wild. while there are many threats to the club-tail iguana that are hard to control, like habitat loss and increasing numbers of invasive species that prey on the iguanas, we can help combat threats like the exotic pet trade and predation by feral dogs and cats. remember when looking for your next pet that wild animals are best suited for life in the wild, and you can help protect wildlife by adopting a dog or a cat, reducing the number of domestic animals out on the streets.
Snake-necked turtles like this one photographed at turtles australia can grow to be 11 inches long with its neck growing to be more than half the length of its shell! these turtles spend most of their time on the bottom of bodies of water. when conditions get too dry, this species will burrow into fallen leaves on the forest floor and go into a long state of dormancy until rains return. the largest threat to australian snake-necked turtles is the introduction of the nonnative red fox, which preys on nests sites, destroying many of the turtle's eggs, but they are also impacted by habitat loss and changes in water usage. human development obstructs the movement of these turtles, which travel long distances during breeding season, and changes in human water consumption can make previously inhabited bodies of water unsuitable. reducing how much water you use by turning off the tap or taking shorter showers can help to protect the home of this unique turtle and other aquatic species as well!
The siberian flying squirrel is is the only species of flying squirrel found in europe! once widespread, this species is now considered vulnerable within the european union where it is found in only three countries - estonia, finland and latvia. forestry and logging are the major threats as flying squirrels are reluctant to cross open areas on the ground. managed forests also tend to have fewer deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) and less decaying wood and tree holes - all things that the flying squirrel needs for food and habitat. you can help this species by reducing the amount of paper you use - opt for electronic forms of documents whenever possible. the less you print, the more trees you save! photo taken at @moscow_zoo_official
This cuckoo wasp may have the appearance of a beautiful gem, but don’t let those good looks deceive you. this species is actually a parasite, and similar to their namesake cuckoo birds, they lay their eggs in the nests of other species. like a secret agent of the insect world, adults will spend their days feeding on nectar from flowers all while scouting out popular routes taken by bees and wasps in search of their next victim. photo taken @auduboninstitute insectarium in new orleans.