Creature Feature: Steamer Ducks

Steamer ducks, consisting of four species of waterfowl, are pretty odd animals. They are unusual for ducks in several ways, including the fact that they weigh many times more than most ducks and are largely incapable of flight,  with the only species capable of flight being the appropriately named “flying steamer duck” (Tachyeres patachonicus). Unlike…

Creature Feature: Tent-making bats

Bats (Chiroptera) are the second most diverse order of mammals, after rodents. You can travel nearly anywhere in the world and find several species of bats that are uniquely adapted to that area. If you find yourself in Central America, you may be fortunate enough to encounter a palm tree with severely drooping leaves, housing…

Creature Feature: Chum Salmon

The Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) is not among the most desirable salmon in terms of human consumption, to the point that the euphemistic label of “Keta Salmon” is often used in supermarkets. While culinarily unexciting, the Chum salmon exhibits some fascinating behavioral and physiological adaptations to its environment.