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Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image Source The Atlantic Puffin is a small sea bird that looks like a clown. They have multicolored bills and white cheeks. They are stocky black and white birds with large heads and orange legs. They spend most of their time at sea in the North Atlantic Ocean. The only Read More

Bald Eagle

bald eagle

Close up of bald eagle U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Karen Laubenstein Image Source The bald eagle is a raptor in North America. It is the national bird and symbol of the United States of America. Its range includes most of Canada and Alaska, all of the United States (except Hawaii), and northern Mexico. A raptor Read More

Banana Slug

Banana Slug

A classic Banana Slug, with a yellowish brown body and black spots. Amy Freeman This is a Banana Slug.  They are the second largest species of terrestrial slug in the world.  Banana Slugs can be a s long as 9.8 inches (25 cm)!  They are detritivores, or decomposers.  They basically eat things like leaves, animal Read More

Barren Ground Caribou

Barren Ground Caribou

Bauer, Irwin and Peggy 2010 Image Source The Barren Ground Caribou is a migratory animal and spends its life walking thousands of miles in large herds between winter and summer ranges.  This allows it to search for the best food supplies and most preferable habitat for each season.  In the summer it prefers the open tundra where it Read More

Black-browed Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

A Black-browed Albatross takes off from the water J.J. Harrison Image Source Like many animals that breed in the southern oceans surrounding Antarctica, the Black-browed Albatross often travels long distances, very long distances in order to find a meal. These albatrosses hunt by flying about 30 feet above the water, looking for fish or squid Read More

Bobcat

Bobcat

Bobcats have short “bobbed” tails and long tufts of black fur that stick up from the points of their ears. Photo by Don DeBold Image Source What does it look like? Bobcats are small wild cats with short brown fur that is speckled with many black markings or spots. They have a short tail (around Read More

Boreal Owl

Boreal Owl

The Boreal Owl has a great sense of hearing. Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org Image Source What does the Boreal Owl look like? The Boreal Owl is a small owl. It grows to be about ten inches tall. It has long wings and a large head. The Boreal Owl is brown with white spots. Read More

Canadian Lynx

Canadian Lynx

A Canadian Lynx stalking its prey. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Erwin and Peggy Bauer Image Source The Canadian Lynx is a North American member of the cat family. It ranges across Canada and into Alaska as well as some parts of the northern United States. The Canadian Lynx has a dense silvery-brown coat, ruffed Read More

Cicada

Cicada

This species of cicada lives underground for 17 years before it digs its way to the surface and lives above ground. By Bruce Marlin Image Source Cicadas are small insects that spend most of their lives underground. When they first hatch from eggs, cicadas burrow into the ground and survive on sap that they eat Read More

Common Loon

Common Loon

A close up of the Common Loon’s red eye. Art Weber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image Source The Common Loon is a water bird that can be found throughout Canada. Did you know that loons make an incredible sounding call that sounds rather like a wolf howl?This loon call sounds mournful and eerie to Read More