Candice Smith@wild.for.nature

EXPLORE. 🦈 CONSERVE.🐺 EDUCATE. 🐆 All good things are wild and free.

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"The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep".-Robert Frost
#woods #forests #inthewoods #creekside #riverside #missouri #midwest #autumn #solitude #tranquil #naturephotography #getoutdoors #explore #nature #hikingadventures #hiking #poetry


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Autumn is my favorite time in Missouri. Beautiful fall colors are showing themselves this weekend! #autumn #fallcolors🍁🍂 #missouri #midwest #weekend #natureisbeautiful #photography #equestrian #horses #scenic #landscapes #homeiswheretheheartis #getoutside


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The beauty of a mountain stream....middle of the wilderness and not a single person around. Just the running water, mountains, trees, and wildlife with no interruptions. This is paradise. #mountains #mountainculture #mountainwomen #colorado #highaltitude #sanjuanmountains #hiking #explore #wilderness #wildernessculture #clearwaters #bigskycountry #inthewild #serenity #paradise #natureisamazing


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Photo: An Amur leopard at the St. Louis Zoo. Thank you to all of my current followers for your continued support. Let's see if we can get up to 400 followers! Don't forget that Wild for Nature also has a Facebook page where I share wildlife videos, photos, and news! Link to Wild for Nature Facebook page is in bio. #wildlife #wildfornature #animals #conservation #biology #ecology #protect #leopard #saintlouiszoo #followme #spreadtheword #natureisawesome #adventureawaits #explore #wildthings #bigcats #getoutdoors #outdoorclassroom


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Beautiful weekend weather here in Missouri! My Biology of Fishes class headed down to Steelville to catch and analyze the native fish that are in the river. First time trying out waders! 😊 #Missouri #biologyoffishes #fishbiology #aquaticecology #steelville #fall2017 #science #nature #beautiful #getoutside #gooutdoors #intheriver #scenery #funafternoon


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Praying for Marco Island, FL. as hurricane Irma hits it head on. Hoping for the best possible outcome for the businesses and people there <3 #marcoisland #hurricaneirma #hurricanes #marco #florida #southwestflorida #secondhome #memories #prayers #sunsets #beaches #seaside #mothernatureisincharge


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Does anyone know what this is? I took this video a few months ago and have yet to figure out what this insect is. I am not an insect expert and have tried to look it up online, but have found nothing that really fits the bill haha I live in Missouri, so it's in the midwestern region. #insects #bugs #entomology #midwest #biology #research #insectidentification #science #moconservation #missouri #missouriconservationdepartment


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Goodbye Summer 2017. First day back at college tomorrow.... You were an amazing couple of months. It started in Colorado, then to the San Juan Islands, and ended with a great afternoon watching horse clinician Clinton Anderson. Hopefully autumn brings more fun adventures. #summer2017 #summervacation #adventures #missouri #colorado #sanjuanislands #lovelife #sunsets #outdoorspaces #travel #explore #lovenature #alwayslearning #knowledge #fun


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Had a wonderful time today at the Clinton Anderson #walkabouttour in St. Louis. It was both informative and entertaining! I hope Clinton comes back to STL because I will be going! @downunder.horsemanship #horsemanship #horsetraining #clintonanderson #themethod #horses #equus #equine #lastdayofsummer #fun #informative #downunderhorsemanship #tour


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'There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky, and you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, what if you fly?'-E.H. #inspiration #flyhigh #dontfearfailure #baldeagle #eagles #pugetsound #nature #wildernessculture #pnw #wildlife #skyhigh #nevergiveup #quotestoliveby #explore #naturephotography


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The ruins of an old structure near the ghost town of Animas Forks, outside of Silverton, CO. The high country reminds us of how small we truly are. It's beautiful yet deadly, and always demands respect...but that's why I love it.
#Colorado #Silverton #animasforks #highcountry #highaltitude #gotoxygen #sanjuanmountains #mountainculture #respect #power #mothernature #incharge #highelevation #ghosttown #mountainscape #travel #explore #snowcappedpeaks #hikingadventures #history #freedom #staywild


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A few days ago, it was announced that K13 (a member of the Southern Resident Killer whales) has passed away. This brings the population down to just 77 members. These orcas are already endangered and can't afford to lose any other members. We need to help restore their primary food source, Chinook Salmon, if they are going to make a comeback. The transient killer whales that have been frequenting Puget Sound lately have higher levels of pollutants in their fat stores than the residents, but are thriving. Why? Because despite having to deal with more pollutants in their system, similar levels of boat traffic, etc. they have PLENTY of food. They feed on harbor seals and marine mammals, so do not have to resort to using those contaminated fat stores to survive. If we want our resident orcas in Puget Sound to survive, we have to restore the Chinook Salmon. No fish, No Blackfish. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please visit www.whaleresearch.com for more information.
#southernresidentkillerwhales #orcas #orcapods #killerwhales #pugetsound #whalesanddolphins #wastate #research #nofishnoblackfish #blackfish #protect #conserve #keystonespecies #natureisamazing #wildlife


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"Good luck and Good work for the happy mountain raindrops, each one of them a high waterfall in itself, descending from the cliffs and hollows of the clouds to the cliffs and hollows of the rocks, out of the sky-thunder into the thunder of the falling rivers."-John Muir #johnmuir #quotes #natureisbeautiful #waterfalls #colorado #mountainscape #mountainside #sanjuanmountains #highaltitude #gotoxygen #silverton #dsngrr #fallingwater #cliffs #rivers #streams #lifeforce #hiking #staywild #explore #getoutside #outdoorlife


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Goodnight everyone! Hopefully you aren't sick of sunset photos from Lime Kiln State Park yet 😉 #pugetsound #limekilnstatepark #sunsets #eveningsky #skyonfire #perfectspot #whalewatchpark #travel #explore #summer2017 #landscapes #naturelover #seaside #sanjuanislands


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I'm really missing the mountains this evening. They are a reminder that there are still beautiful things and places in the world, far away from society and the problems that we humans seem to create for ourselves. They give me strength and courage to push through. After all, they have seen and endured far more than I ever will, yet they are still standing. #mountainscape #mountains #sanjuanmountains #snowcappedpeaks #courage #strength #perserverance #wisdom #beautifulplace #inspiration #nature #staywild #wildernessculture #wildnerness #explore #pushthrough #keepgoing #colorado #society #stayunique


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I wanted to explain how researchers identify individual killer whales. The technique that is most often used is called Photo ID. Researchers take left and right photos of the dorsal fin and saddle patch (grey area behind the dorsal), and from the shape of the fin, the saddle patch, and any nicks or scrapes, can tell every individual animal apart. Each orca is then given a letter (depending on which group or pod they are from) and a number in sequential birth order. From this data they can also keep track of who was born or died each year, create a database of family tree information for each pod, as well as keep track of the health of individual whales. Dr. Michael Bigg pioneered this technique on orcas in the Eastern North Pacific in the 1970s and 80s. Photo ID work was then perfected and used by Ken Balcomb who founded the Center for Whale Research and has been studying the Southern Resident Killer Whales in Puget Sound since 1976. From this work, a complete family history is now known for this population of orcas (J, K, and L pod) which is currently at 78 members total. A new Photo ID catalogue is released every year for the Southern Residents and is available to the public. I included a few photos below showing the catalogue and a decent ID shot of L pod females L86 and L103 which are members of the L4 matriline (L-Pod matrilines shown in picture 3). There are people that I know that can tell all of these whales apart even at 200 yards while they are all moving together, surfacing and diving at different times. It's definitely still a work in progress for me. 🙂
*Photo of L86 and L103 taken under permit with the Center for Whale Research* #killerwhales #orcaresearch #centerforwhaleresearch #animals #wildlife #nature #cetaceans #orcas #whales #dolphins #PhotoID #southernresidentkillerwhales #education #conservation #science


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There's something wonderful about a pebble beach... Maybe it's all the different colors that are present or the sound that the waves can only make when hitting rock, but it's magical in its' own way.
#pebblebeach #beaches #westcoast #waves #seaside #shoreline #sanjuanislands #summer2017 #beautifulplace #tranquility #explore


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Lime Kiln Lighthouse at Sunset... Lime Kiln is also known as Whale Watch Park because it is one of the best places to watch whales from shore in the world. #limekilnstatepark #LimeKiln #whalewatchpark #fridayharbor #sanjuanislands #atsunset #dusk #gorgeousskies #sunsets #lighthouses #lighthouseatdusk #oceanside #seaside #nautical #peaceful #tranquility #natureisbeautiful #explore #travel #staywild #alwaysdreaming


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The Southern Resident killer whales are a distinct population of orcas that frequent the waters of Puget Sound and as far South as Northern California. They have specific calls distinct not just to their community but also between pods. J, K, and L pod all have different calls that they use to communicate. Sadly, due to the removal of whales by marine parks in the 60s as well as pollution, and primarily lack of Chinook salmon, there are only 78 individuals left. If you would like to help learn more about these orcas and how to help them recover, visit www.whaleresearch.com. Help by becoming a member of the Center for Whale Research. *Photo taken under permit w/ the Center for Whale Research* #orcas #killerwhales #orcaresearch #Lpod #southernresidentkillerwhales #marinemammals #whales #whalewatching #cetaceans #blackfish #endangered #population #community #ecology #science #research #protect #conserve #educate #savethewhales #chinooksalmon #donate #becomeamember #centerforwhaleresearch #natureisamazing #explore #beautifulanimals #blackandwhites #pods


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L-pod of the Southern Resident killer whales made an appearance while I was in San Juan Island, WA. These were members of the L4 matriline. The Southern Resident killer whales are endangered due to lack of Chinook salmon, which is their primary food source. This lack of food has been particularly evident this summer as the resident orcas have barely been seen in a time of year in which they are normally spotted almost daily. We are all hoping that they are finding enough salmon elsewhere... *Photos taken under permit with the Center for Whale Research* #southernresidentkillerwhales #orcas #killerwhales #marinemammals #pugetsound #WAState #Lpod #protect #conserve #salmon #chinooksalmon #endangered #wildlife #lovenature #explore #research #staywild #oceanlife #whalewatching #wilderness


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Headed back home to St. Louis....but I'm still thinking about Puget Sound. I took this video a few mornings ago from the rocks on the beach. The water was so clear I could see everything below the surface. #marineplants #pugetsound #colderwater #marineecosystem #marinebiology #sanjuanisland #natureenthusiast #wilderness #protect #conserve #oceanlife #seaside #lowtide #nature #marineenvironment #explore #education #lookbeneaththesurface


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Today is my last day on San Juan Island before heading back to STL. I had a few great orca encounters though with L-Pod of the Southern Resident orca population, and I can't wait to share the photos with you all. #sanjuanislands #whalewatching #southernresidentkillerwhales #seattle #pugetsound #Lpod #nature #wildlife #research #protect


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I had a few visitors this morning outside of The Center for Whale Research. A doe and her fawn were eating the blackberries off the bushes that grow along the edge of the sun room. These are Island black tailed deer and are smaller than the deer on the mainland. They are also less afraid of people, because hardly anyone hunts them. Make sure to watch in HD. #sanjuanislands #sanjuanisland #pugetsound #pacificnorthwest #wildlife #islandwildlife #deer #blacktaileddeer #lovenature #natureisamazing #naturephotography #respect #conserve #wildanimals #awesomeencounters #wildlifefilm


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