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Brian Balik
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Paige and the Bears
If there is someone who knows how to get Northern Virginia's bears on camera, it is Paige. Paige Critchley contacted me over a year ago about trail camera advice.  At that time,  she was taking on the task of using a trail camera to help a person locate a m...

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Baby Foxes - Finally!
Not all nature is cute and fluffy, but these fox kits are! Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) have some of the most well-loved babies here in Northern Virginia.  Their playfulness captures the hearts of all of us, their big eyes are adored, and watching them becomes...

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High five, yo!

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Amphibian High-5!
It's that time of year again!  Amphibians are crossing roads to go to their breeding pools. This American toad wanted a high five, as I moved it to safety from a road to the side, in the direction it was travelling. High-fived a toad a few days ago.  Photo:...

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Transported an injured bald eagle for VDGIF and The Wildlife Center of Virginia some weeks ago.  Read about the adventure here.

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Eagle Transport
Bald eagle, one of America's most majestic creatures sitting in a crate in my vehicle. I've transported some really interesting creatures in the past few years, as I work in places where wild animals are kept as "animal ambassadors", have been trained to tr...

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Saw Whet Owl Banding

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Owl Banding in Maryland
One of the joys of being in the wildlife biology and naturalist community is being invited out to other people's projects and seeing what interesting endeavors they've been taking on.  It's a great way to network, learn about different species, and of cours...

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Increase Your Chances At Seeing Wildlife
I've spent almost the entirety of the past few years observing animals, studying them, and teaching people about them. One of the main questions people ask me, is "How can I see what you see?". Well, here are some of my secrets. These are my personal tips o...

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Squirrel Selfies
Gray Squirrels are one of the most photogenic and "up in your face" mammals I've encountered in Virginia. They're so. . . squirrely. Seriously, these squirrels get right up in both mine and my camera traps' face.  Just this past week, I was hunting with a f...
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