Nature on Parade

What can I find here?

Nature is everywhere you look, and everywhere you cook, and everywhere you shop, and everyplace you stop. You might see it, or not, but it’s there a whole lot…

it’s Nature on Parade!  

Join the parade and learn something new about your favorite organisms, or about ones that you have probably never heard of.

The Feature Creature

The Feature Creature
Meet the Gila monster
The Gila monster is not really a monster at all … It is a kind of lizard that lives in the deserts of the United States and Mexico. The “Gila” part of its name ...
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The spider king of Africa
The savannas of East Africa are famous as the home of big animals like lions, elephants, giraffes, hippos, and huge herds of wildebeest. It is no surprise then that these ...
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Have you heard of the African wild dog, also called the painted dog?
August 26th each year is a day to learn about and celebrate the beautiful African wild dog. The African wild dog is also known by other names, such as the painted dog, painted...
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Behind the scenes: researching botos with Dr Tony Martin
“People look at you blankly when you mention botos,” says wildlife biologist Dr Tony Martin. Dolphins are famous animals. They swim through the oceans of the world, frolicking...
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Meet the boto, dolphin of the forest!
It is another sunny day in the Amazon rainforest. Butterflies flitter through the canopy of tall trees. Capuchin monkeys scamper along branches, chattering as they look for ...
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Mysteries of a polka-dotted frog
In Peru there lives a fantastically decorated frog. It has skin the color of chocolate and it is dappled with polka dots – lots and lots of polka dots, all over its body. H. ...

Talking to Plants

Sofia Ceiba, Talking to Plants
Coastal redwood
Today’s guest: the coastal redwood (Also known as the coast redwood or California redwood.) Sofia: Hi, I’m Sofia Ceiba, and on this episode of Talking to Plants we are going ...
Talking to Plants
Mountain ash tree
Today’s guest: the mountain ash tree Sofia: Hi, I’m Sofia Ceiba, and on this episode of Talking to Plants we are going to meet the mountain ash tree (Eucalyptus ...
Talking to Plants
Sofia talks with Lou Bamboo
Today’s guest: Bamboo Sofia: Hi, I’m Sofia Ceiba, and on this episode of Talking to Plants we are going to meet some bamboo.  We’re in China now talking to Lou Bamboo, or at ...
Talking to Plants
A famous orchid-moth pairing from Madagascar
Today’s guest: Angraecum sesquipedale, an orchid from Madagascar Sofia: Hello! Today we are visiting the lowland rainforests of Madagascar. Our guest asked us to meet on...

Look who's here!

Look Who's Here!
Scientists say there are seven spotted skunks …
A spotted skunk performing its signature handstand. Image by Jerry W. Dragoo courtesy of the Field Museum. Have you ever seen a skunk do a handstand? If you do, then run ...
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Meet the Gollum snakehead
An amazing and unusual fish! The Gollum snakehead was first discovered in 2019 in Kerala in South India. This fish has a long, scaly body and veil-like fins. It may be a ...
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“Sleeping beauty” plant discovered in Sri Lanka
Biologist Nilanthi Rajapakse (pictured below) of the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka discovered a new plant species with years of careful observation and ...
Look Who's Here!
Three beautiful new orchids discovered
Scientists in Ecuador have discovered not one, not two, but THREE new species of orchids in the montane rainforests of Ecuador. A team of researchers from the Pontifical ...

Paleo Species

Paleo Species
The cheetahs of America?
By David Brown* A big cat zipped through the plains chasing an antelope. This cat was built for speed. It had a small head and long legs for making great strides. Exhausted ...
Paleo Species
The giant prehistoric amphibious beast of Ohio
By David Brown* Some people claim that Bigfoot roams through the forests of Northern California. For hundreds of years people have told stories of seeing large reptilian ...