Photo: Snowy owl stare down

A snowy owl with a piercing gaze.

Photo: The oh-so-orange eye of a lesser sandhill crane

Sandhill cranes vary in size by region, the smallest sub-species is called is the “lesser” sandhill crane.

Photo: A pink and purple morning sky

These gorgeous colors of sunrise were seen at Akelaland Cub Scout Resident Camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Photo: Cedar Waxwing eats a bright red berry

This photo was taken in Pismo Beach, California.

Photo: This woodland scene has us dreaming of spring

It’s still below freezing here in New York, but this photo of fern and bluebells has us imagining sunnier days.

Photo: Hummingbird gets a second chance

This sparkling violetear, which is a type of hummingbird, has quite the story.

Vibrant ocean "microworld" seen in this experimental timelapse (Video)

A mysterious aquatic world is seen up close and personal in this short film.

Photo: Ants and treehoppers are best of friends

Treehoppers and ants have a well known mutualistic relationship.

Photo: A pretty Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpeckers are common year-round in much of the United States and Canada.

The ocean is filling up with plastic, 8 million metric tons per year

This is equivalent to 5 bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.

Photo: Cardinal sits for some seed and a photo

A frequent contributor to our photo pool, Ted Roger Karson’s photos reveal how much amazing nature can be right in your own backyard—like this vivid cardinal.

14 pink animals that wow and woo

Consider these blushing beauties your valentine from Mother Nature.

Photo: Wolf spider super macro

Wow! Look this spider right in the eyes.

The Gulf of Mexico’s Connecticut-sized dead zone is proving hard to kill

We need to start thinking not just at the scale of an individual farm but at the watershed scale.

Eat much fish? Mercury levels in Yellowfin tuna have risen 3.8% per year since 1998

Coal burning is most likely to blame.

Lost and found: 10 million ‘missing’ gallons from the 2010 BP oil spill turn up on sea floor

Government officials and BP cleanup crews could not find millions of gallons of oil…

Photo: Little Blue Heron takes some time to preen

These birds may also use their feet to groom themselves.

Secrets of the groundhog revealed

In 22 sentences, we present everything you ever needed to know about the patron rodent of February 2.

This little animal can potentially live forever

Immortality, much? Scientists believe that the hydra may be able to eternally resist going gentle into that good night.

Sierra Nevada Red Fox spotted in Yosemite National Park for first time in 100 years!

A rare sighting of one the most endangered mammals in all of North America.

Photo: Sunapee sunset glows yellow, red and blue

The setting sun streaks the sky with vivid colors in Sunapee, New Hampshire.

Panther Passages: Connecting habitat to protect a federally endangered species

Connecting vital habitat in Florida to allow the endangered panther to flourish.

Rare frilled shark meets sad fate in Australia

In which we stand up for yet another underdog species.