"Great Pond Snail" (Lymnaea stagnalis)
…a species of large freshwater Lymnaeid snail which boasts a wide Holarctic distribution. Great pond snails occur solely in freshwater habitats, with individuals typically preferring slowly running or standing water bodies. Like many other freshwater snails L. stagnalis is an opportunistic feeder feeding on a range of organic matter.
Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.
Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land!
Guilala in Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008)
Research from The National Audubon Society shows northern saw-whet owls (Aegolius acadicus) are one of 189 Oregon bird species likely to be impacted by climate change in the next century, but there’s still time to make a difference for these raptors.
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Absurdly cute photo by Rhett Wilkins.