Creature feature: Spotted sandpiper

Across the animal kingdom, it’s tough to be a mom.  Not all species exhibit parental care (or care about their young at all after the eggs are laid), but in those that do, usually the moms get stuck doing the bulk of the work.  In mammals, moms not only have to carry the baby in…

Creature Feature: San Joaquin Kit Fox

Although the San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) can easily be mistaken for other canids such as the red or grey fox, they are their own unique species with an interesting history. Unlike coyotes or other foxes, these slender, miniature foxes are endemic to the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. As the smallest…

Creature Feature: Mimic octopus

The mimic octopus is a shape-shifting master of disguise, assuming the color and form of flounder, sea snakes, and lionfish…

Creature Feature: Cone snail

Cone snails have some impressive adaptations: not only is their toxin a great example of an anti-predator defense mechanism, but they  also forage with a loaded harpoon…

Creature Feature: California Condor

Despite the long road to recovery, the California condors are making a comeback thanks to targeted conservation efforts to save this iconic species.