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Apr 01

Creatures of the Continents - Part 3: Europe by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on April 1, 2022 at 1:29 PM by Genesis Gaule

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"Animals don't lie. Animals don't criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do."
- Betty White

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the European continent.

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For all that the wilderness of Europe has been subject to great change, what with the increase of agriculture and the ever increasing number of cities, nature still manages to flourish in the way only it can. The birds of the continent still fly in the skies, such as the Eurasian skylark and the Golden eagle. And upon the land move a variety of creatures; whether in the open areas or amongst the trees or even the valleys and mountains. Predators such as the Eurasian lynx and the wolf move quickly, stalking their prey, while the Brown bear and the European pine marten go searching for anything from berries to fellow animals.

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Europe is also the home to a variety of lizards and snakes. From the venomous European viper to the easygoing European green lizard, they are everywhere. Yet while so many creatures are free to wander the fields and forests of Europe, such as the moose and the reindeer, many of the various animals are at risk. Due to the constant spread of new farmland and the growth of cities, much of the native habitats are slowly dwindling away. Birds such as the European turtle dove, water-dwelling creatures such as the Mediterranean monk seal, and small mammals such as the European mink. Each of them are at risk of disappearing unless we are able to mitigate the damage that we are causing.

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The continent of Europe has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the mountains and valleys, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there. Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Asia.

“The wild is where you find it, not in some distant world relegated to a nostalgic past or an idealized future; its presence is not black or white, bad or good, corrupted or innocent... We are of that nature, not apart from it. We survive because of it, not instead of it.”
- Renee Askins

More in this Series: Part 1: North America | Part 2: South America

Jan 07

Creatures of the Continents - Part 2: South America by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on January 7, 2022 at 4:02 PM by Genesis Gaule

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"Humankind must begin to learn that the life of an animal is in no way less precious than our own."
-Paul Oxton

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One of these places is none other than the South American continent.

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South America is a place teeming with life. From the birds in the skies to the critters that make the mountains their home. From the vast canopies of the rainforests to the fish swimming through the rivers and lakes. It is truly a wondrous land. Up in the trees one may spot the slow-moving sloth, making its way from one branch to the next. The feline apex-predator, known as the jaguar, stalks the lands of the Amazon Rainforest. Amongst the Andean Mountains, those who look can even find the Andean Condor and Mountain Tapir making their homes.

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South America is home to a vast variety of reptiles and amphibians, and many are extremely dangerous. Such as the mighty anaconda and the poison dart frog. Then below the surface of the rivers and lakes is an entire world of creatures, like the Amazonian River Dolphin and the Giant River Otter. There is also the infamous piranha, which are actually known to have a diet that shifts with their age going from meat to plant and fruit materials, making them in fact omnivores.

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The continent of South America has many wondrous creatures that call it home. The sounds echo throughout the wild, constantly reaffirming that life is bountiful there. Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of Europe.

“Much of human behavior can be explained by watching the wild beasts around us. They are constantly teaching us things about ourselves and the way of the universe, but most people are too blind to watch and listen.”
-Suzy Kassem, "Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem"

More in this Series: Part 1: North America

Oct 15

Creatures of the Continents - Part 1: North America by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on October 15, 2021 at 11:52 AM by Genesis Gaule

3 bison grazing in front of a tall mountain range

"Like us, animals feel love, joy, fear and pain, but they cannot grasp the spoken word. It is our obligation to speak on their behalf ensuring their well-being and lives are respected and protected."
-Sylvia Dolson

Upon this planet we call home, one can find a great multitude of forms of life. From the birds in the sky to the creatures beneath the waves, the creatures that move upon the earth to the ones that move below it. They are everywhere. Some can be seen in certain places around the world more than others. One such place is the North American continent.

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Scurrying across the ground, many animals can be found across the landscape of North America. Both large and small, the creatures bring wonder to those who see them. The American Bison can still be found throughout the United States and Canada, while the endangered Black-footed ferret is facing a rapid decline. Yet not all hope is not lost for them, as in December of 2020 the first cloned Black-footed ferret was born.

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Besides our furry friends, North America is also host to a variety of different species of reptiles. From the various types of snakes, such as the rattlesnake to the cottonmouth, to the many varieties of turtles, such as the Painted turtle and the Spotted turtle. There are also the Gila monsters, venomous lizards that call the southwest home, and their cousin the Mexican beaded lizard.

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North America has many wondrous creatures that call it home. For as many animals that have been brought over, there are still a good deal that are native to this continent. Keep watch for the next blog post in this series, where it will be based on the creatures of South America.

“Part of the reason so many animals are endangered is precisely that we have forgotten the two faces of every creature. We have forgotten what animals mean. I don't want to settle for only half the animal. We need to save both the literal and the symbolic creature.”
-Charles Bergman, “Wild Echoes: Encounters with the Most Endangered Animals in North America”