Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Black-tailed Jackrabbit

Funny that black-tailed jackrabbits aren’t rabbits at all, they are hares. Unlike rabbits, hares are precocial, meaning that they are born ready for life. Baby jackrabbits, called leverets, are born complete with fur, open eyes, and can run within just…

Giant Walkingstick

Giant Walkingstick

Giant walkingsticks are crazy looking critters, but they are really hard to spot. They look just like the trees and plants on which they feed. This mimicry, when one living thing looks like another, helps walkingsticks avoid predators through very…

Northern Elephant Seal

Northern Elephant Seal

Once thought to be extinct, northern elephant seals have made a tremendous comeback. And that’s great news because they are amazing animals. Named for the long noses of the males, northern elephant seals are huge, up to 16 feet long…

Salt Marsh

Salt Marsh

Salt marshes are incredible, ever-changing places filled with an amazing diversity of life. Also called coastal and tidal marshes, they are low, coastal grasslands where the continual ebb and flow of the tides create change on a daily basis. High…

Rainbow Scarab

Rainbow Scarab

If you look hard enough, you can find a rainbow almost anywhere, even in a pile of poop! Rainbow scarabs are dung beetles and live in and eat piles of animal scat (poop). The parents dig burrows under the animal…

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting

The male Painted Bunting is the most brightly colored bird in the United States. It’s as if God created it with the leftover colors from all the other birds; a little blue, a little red, a little yellow, a little…

Bold Jumping Spider

Bold Jumping Spider

Also called the daring jumping spider, it is named for its amazing ability to leap. Though only around ¾ of an inch long, this little critter can jump almost 3 feet. That’s like an average sized kid jumping more than…

Brown Bear

Brown Bear

Did you know that brown bears and grizzly bears are really the same species of bear? Only their habitat differentiates them: brown bears live along coastal rivers and grizzly bears (often considered a sub-species of brown bear) live inland. Actually,…