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Photo by @FransLanting Trees covered in Monarch butterflies is what you can find in the mountains of southern Mexico if you know where and when to go (Michoacan between November and February). Until the 1970s the destination of migrating Monarchs was a mystery, but when I first visited in the 1980s it had become a place to go to not just for butterflies, but for visitors as well. Unfortunately, since then the Monarch population has plummeted by more than 80%, largely because of widespread use of herbicides in the US, which kills the milkweed plants they depend on. To get a sense of the astonishing numbers of butterflies (more than 50 million!) that used to gather in Mexico go to @FransLanting and check some of the links below to learn more about the plight of the Monarchs. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch


[ #BreakingBarriers ] On Their Way | Photograph by Dalida Innes (@dainnes67)

#YourShotPhotographer Dalida Innes captured this quiet underwater image of a mother humpback whale and her calf. Dalida had been in the water every day for three weeks waiting patiently for an ocean critter to swim through her frame. After two hours in the water her last day, her patience paid off when these gentle giants floated in front of her on their way to Antarctica. Often, the waiting game is common for a photographer, and Dalida excellently displays how that patience can result in beautiful images.” — @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas (@kemcnicholas)
March is #WomensHistoryMonth and to honor the women in our community and around the globe, @natgeoyourshot Associate Photo Editor Kristen McNicholas curated 31 Your Shot images that celebrates women to be featured each day this month. “The images I chose to feature this month celebrate female-identifying Your Shot photographers telling a visual story of empowerment, the freedom and flexibility of womanhood, photographers and their images #BreakingBarriers whether it’s identifying women’s issues in their images or a beautiful landscape or underwater image.” #natgeowomen


Image by @joelsartore | Pocket gophers like this one at @cedar.point.biological.station are the earthmovers of the landscape, their industrious burrowing and tunneling turns over the prairie soils to enable other plants and animals to exist that could not otherwise survive without these rodents. Their burrows provide habitat for hundreds of associated animal species including beetles, flies, toads, snakes, mites, and other rodents. Plants like sunflowers and other annual plants come up in the areas that gophers have been tilling or "working". These animals can run backwards or forwards in their burrow systems at about the same speed, using their sparsely-haired tail as a rear sensor. Their fur-lined cheek pouches are used to store food on harvesting expeditions in lateral burrows and the food is taken back to specially dug branches of the burrow system and kept for later. Females usually have from 2 to 4 babies that are kicked out of the mother’s burrow system as soon as they are weaned. Most pocket gophers are solitary and do not enjoy company.
Studying animals like the gopher, the biologists at @cedar.point.biological.station, a field research facility and experiential classroom located in western Nebraska, are currently working to identify all parasites in all mammalian hosts on the Cedar Point Biological Station using both morphology and molecules. After about 5 years of collecting, they are now able to identify most species of parasites in a mammal using a single fecal pellet from a living animal. Soon they'll be able to get a DNA sequence from each species for the identification of both the host and the parasites! #cedarpointbiologicalstation


Sunset in Santorini ✨🌺🌺🌺✨ Picture by ✨✨@cbezerraphotos✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature 🌺


Morning light, Paris
Taken with #sony #A7III

Paris, France

En el lugar adecuado en el momento indicado 🌎 #OSR, presentada por @willsmith. Solo en National Geographic.


Photo by @amivitale: A giant panda roams her enclosure at the Wolong China Conservation and Research Center. Fun fact - Sometimes male pandas relax by doing handstands against trees. #panda #china #wildlife #cute


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