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Looking for a natural history gift for a friend or family member? Or a herpetology calendar to keep you up to date? I have compiled some of my favorite photos into a 2019 calendar highlighting some wonderful frogs of North America. Continue reading
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
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
In late May 2018, I came across this planarian among the leaves on the forest floor in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Planarians are part of the group of animals known as Platyhelmintes. Although planarians look a bit like earthworms, they are … Continue reading
While visiting New Orleans for the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, I had an opportunity to take a short morning trip to the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Park. The park is a short 30 minute … Continue reading