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Telephoto lens attachment for cell phone cameras: useful tool for citizen-science applications like iNaturalist

I have used a clip-on telephoto lens with my iPhone to get better photographs of distant animals for use in citizen-science projects like iNaturalist and HerpMapper. Continue reading

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A long video of relaxing frog calls at night

Looking for some relaxing nature sounds? The audio in this video was recorded next to a pond in northeast Ohio on a warm summer night. Bullfrog and Green Frog calls dominate the sound, but you can also hear the distant … Continue reading

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Photos of Alligators at Sunset

In August 2018, I was able to visit the Huntington Beach State Park in South Carolina and watch American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). The park is a great place to watch these majestic animals. As you enter the park, you drive … Continue reading

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Pacific Sand Crab digging into sand

The Pacific Sand Crab (Emerita analoga) is one of the delightful creatures you can find in the surf of beaches along the Pacific Coast of North and South America. These small (up to 1.5 inches / 3.8 cm) crustaceans are … Continue reading

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Elephant Seals at Año Nuevo

These two male Northern Elephant Seals fought with one another on the beach at Año Nuevo on Christmas Eve 2017. Eventually one male backed off and moved away into the ocean. A male Elephant Seal at Año Nuevo in December … Continue reading

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