parks & wildlife

This month started off pretty darn crummy I must say. But I just kept working, and Tuesday I’ll be filmed working in Tidbinbilla and interviewed for a video showcasing volunteering in the ACT, Wednesday is my first training night with the Rural Fire Service, riding term starts soon and I’ve really improved over the summer, and my next assessment is the massive plant study I’m actually really excited for 🌿🐨

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Going to Canada sale!

As long as this post is up, I’m doing half off prints - you choose the photo(s). Each order comes with a free 4x5″ print of a photo I’ve never posted online. United States and Canada only (sorry).

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Need something to get you through Monday? Here’s a pic of an adorable clutch of baby peregrine falcons on banding day at Cabrillo National Monument in California. At birth, peregrine chicks weigh about 1.5 ounces, but they grow quickly – they can double their weight in just six days. They reach nearly full size after only seven weeks. Cool fact about peregrine falcons: They are among the fastest birds, flying at up to 55 mph and diving at more than 200 mph when striking avian prey in mid-air. Photo by National Park Service.

Katmai National Park and Preserve is world-renown for brown bear viewing. About 2,200 brown bears are estimated to inhabit the park, and more bears than people are estimated to live on Alaska Peninsula. For those who visit the park (or are frequent viewers of #BearCam), they can learn about a bear’s behavior – like this mama and her three cubs standing up. Bear cubs often imitate their mother’s every move, and standing on hind legs allows bears to get a better view or smell of what’s around them. Photo by A. Ramos, National Park Service.