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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.


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.


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.


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”

Sep 10

Curious Canines! by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 10, 2021 at 9:17 AM by Genesis Gaule


"Now and then we hear the wilder voices of the wilderness, from animals that in the hours of darkness do not fear the neighborhood of man: the coyotes wail like dismal ventriloquists, or the silence may be broken by the snorting and stamping of a deer.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

How often have you heard the phrase “Man’s Best Friend?” How often have you been the one to actually say it? How many of us are even aware of the first time that phrase was actually used? Dogs have been a common feature of our lives for so long that they seem to be a staple of daily life. Walking down the street you will see various breeds of domesticated dogs. From German Shepherds to Chihuahuas, Siberian Huskies to Corgis. They are everywhere.


Many have forgotten though that our modern day companions were not always so. Once upon a time they were some of the creatures that we often had to fear, that of a now extinct wolf. Many of the modern-day descendants find their closet cousin in the canine family is the modern grey wolf.


The canine family, though, is full of various creatures besides the well known dogs and wolves. On the Australian continent there are the wild dogs themselves, the dingos. In Africa one can find an even greater variety ranging from the Jackal to the Hyena. There is also the endangered African wild dog that still roams the sub-Sahara. You can find the coyote in the regions of North America, and 12 different species of foxes all over the world in different climates.


Canines have been long held as a companion and guide to humankind for various reasons, from their sense of smell to their loyalty. Many of the achievements we have accomplished over the ages can be traced back to the aid we have received from these wonderful creatures. However we must always remember the roots of our companions, their ancestors: those wild canines.

“A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.”
-George R. R. Martin

Aug 06

Incoming Cryptids! by Cody Rasmussen

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 6, 2021 at 11:09 AM by Genesis Gaule

spooky woods at night with moon and mist

“I think the human mind isn’t comfortable with mysteries. We’re always looking for answers to the unexplained. And if an answer can’t come from facts, we’ll try to cobble one together from old stories.”
-- Max Brooks, Excerpt from Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

In the forests...the skies...below the depths. Strange creatures have always been in the tales of humankind since the beginning of time. Creatures of enormous proportions, creatures with claws and wings, some that move without the fear of man, and those who race towards us with fire in their eyes. Many so-called “cryptids” keep us all intrigued.


Below the depths we hear tales of fantastical creatures that bear resemblance to ancient water-dwelling creatures, such as the world-renowned Loch Ness Monster and the infamous Kraken

Others reside in the skies, predicting misfortune and terrifying the local populations such as the Jersey Devil, the Mothman, and the Snallygaster.

statue of a mothman

However it is the land-based cryptids that are often some of the most recognizable around the world. The Chupacabra, a bizarre land creature that is said to feast on the blood of it’s livestock victims. 

But in truth the most well-known land cryptid would have to be the large bipedal primate-like creature: Bigfoot. Going by various names, it is said to be located on almost every continent. From the Yeti in the Himalayas to the Yeren in China. The Yowie in Australia to the bizarre Mapinguari of Brazil, that is said to be a giant cyclops with a mouth on its abdomen. The cryptid known as Sasquatch has been immortalized in the video and camera footage that have been “caught” over the decades.


Legends from all over the world tell of creatures that are beyond the scope of humans, they are believed to be something that can only come out of the imagination. Yet it is because of this simple fact...that cryptids are still one of the most interesting subjects that we have to this day.

“The inclination to believe in the fantastic may strike some as a failure in logic, or gullibility, but it’s really a gift. A world that might have Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster is clearly superior to one that definitely does not.”
-- Chris Van Allsburg, Caldecott and National Book Award-winning children's author and illustrator