Koaw Nature

Koaw Nature Koaw is a biologist sharing knowledge of our natural world as well as outdoors activities. Koaw Nature's mission is to reconnect the Millennial generation with nature, and in doing so, become positive influences on a younger generation.

Operating as usual

07/30/2020
Salamanders, Shrooms & Bears! OH MY! | KNOW #47

Relaxing outdoors in Shenandoah National Park.

Exploring Shenandoah National Park with friends. A sweet day! Some bears may have shown up too... We really went #herping at Hawksbill Mountain to find a She...

07/09/2020
Quest for a Longear Sunfish...I DROPPED IT! | KNOW #44

Big thanks to Caesar Villacorta for learning to fish and ending up being the fisher I needed!

Lightning and funny mishaps made this task a little adventure! Can Caesar pull through for me?! Have you ever seen how beautiful some sunfishes can get? The ...

06/24/2020
How to Find Snakes for New Herpers & Parents | Koaw Nature

I made this one for new herpers and parents wanting to teach their children how to find #snakes! Go #herping!

Want to find snakes? I'll share great tips for you as you begin your search for wild snakes. This video is for parents wanting to teach their kids and new he...

06/17/2020
A Day that Forever Changed Me - WOMEN'S MARCH 2017 THROWBACK | Koaw Nature

Throwback to the Women's March - 2017. I had previously erased this video from the channel believing it was off-brand. But it has become clear that Koaw Nature, just like an group or company, must make open stances on these important issues.

Inspired. Angry. Hopeful. Sad. The emotions of today are as they have been. What will it take for lasting change? This is an emotional reboot of the epic 201...

EASTERN COPPERHEAD (Agkistrodon contortrix) – Finding this creature has thus far been the most enchanting animal encount...
06/05/2020

EASTERN COPPERHEAD (Agkistrodon contortrix) – Finding this creature has thus far been the most enchanting animal encounter of my year. There exists some intrinsic fascination that draws my admiration for the beauty and complexity of this snake.

The evolutionary adaptations are marvelous, especially that of its pit organ that can detect temperature changes to .001⁰ C! An organ designed to map an environment within the infrared spectrum…just marvelous.

This is a juvenile, not even a year lived in this world, born with fangs, venom and a similar dorsal pattern of a mature specimen. Oh yes, its venom is quite potent at this young age.

This one seemed to have no qualms with me shooting a video and explaining of its magnificence. I did not approach this copperhead with fear and aggression and it did not respond in the same. I use this tactic with humans as well, no matter the skin color.

Venomous snakes need not be recklessly killed because of irrational fear. It’s this same irrational fear that drives the racism still thriving in the world today, especially where I live in the United States of America.

As a man with white skin, I cannot say I have ever been victimized by the concoctions of irrational fear fueling bigotry, sexism, racism and all those nasty '–isms'. I do my part to make sure others know that I do not tolerate marginalizing and vilifying individuals and groups based on those aforementioned primitive ‘–isms’.

I understand that I have not done enough to fully comprehend the existential unfairness that is targeted at certain groups in this world. I understand that my society has not done enough to prevent heinous acts from occurring on a regular basis. I understand that my fight cannot always focus on saving wildlife and addressing climate change; though I’m beginning to realize that these fights are more closely intertwined than I had realized.

Koaw Nature promotes spreading knowledge within all that is in Nature. We humans are a part of Nature. I believe knowledge has the power to diminish irrational fear.

#copperhead #agkistrodon #snakes #snake #beautifulanimal #justicewillprevail #BLM #widlifephotography #teamkoaw #knowledge

Koaw Nature has donated a little towards bailing out people protesting for change. Donations are split between NAACP Leg...
06/04/2020
Help us reach $50,000 goal for bail funds across the country

Koaw Nature has donated a little towards bailing out people protesting for change. Donations are split between NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Black Lives Matter Global Network, and others.

Will you help us reach our $50,000 goal and split a donation to these bail funds across the county?

06/03/2020
Van Jones On George Floyd, Police Brutality, & What Comes Next - CONAN on TBS

This is very enlightening hearing the perspective of the this tragic situation from Van Jones (interviewed by Conan O'Brien.) #blackouttuesday

Van Jones shares his anguish about the killing of George Floyd, policy that could help fight systemic racism, and thoughts on where we can go from here. More...

"This exhibition witnesses the quirks and tragedies of our time, evoking love for the ecologically rickety world we have...
05/28/2020

"This exhibition witnesses the quirks and tragedies of our time, evoking love for the ecologically rickety world we have shaped." - from Katrine Claassens' exhibit. Check it out. It's quite moving.

https://www.thenatureofcities.com/claassens-2020/

Sarah Larson Galen M. Mook Natalie Zaczek McIntosh I believe you would appreciate this.

NOW OPEN: Katrine Claassens' Love Letters to the Muted World is now available for online viewing!

We wish you could be joining us at the gallery this evening to see these luminous paintings in person, but online will have to do for the moment. See the full exhibition catalogue and accompanying essay by Nina-Marie Lister on our website. The paintings are also available for online viewing on Artsy.

Follow us over the next few weeks as we share the processes and research that went into making this body of work.

05/24/2020

SIX-SPOTTED TIGER BEETLE (Cicindela sexguttata) – Stunning, right? 😮 The bright colors and impressive speed of tiger beetles are always a pleasure to witness.

Some tiger beetles move so fast that they can go blind for a few moments; their brains can’t process the information at the same speed! 🤯

Last week on Koaw Nature’s YouTube we watched this tiger beetle decapitate that large ant. Circle of life and all that.

Tiger beetles of differing species that live in the same habitat will often have different sized mandibles (the big white jaws on the specimen above.) Beetles with large mandibles specialize on bigger prey and those beetles with smaller mandibles specialize on the smaller prey.

Cheers! -K

#cicindelasexguttata #sexguttata #beetles #beetle #insect #insects #coleoptera #coleopteran #natureporn #predatorvsprey #teamkoaw #wildlife #wildanimals #animalsofinstagram #beautifulcreatures #animals #animal #macro

05/20/2020
Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle DECAPITATES Big Ant | KNOW #38

Do you have these beetles around you?! I love these.

Gorgeous. Fast. Ferocious. It's dangerous being on the food menu of a six-spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata). This white-spotted, bright iridescent ...

ID photos for you of the common whitetail (Plathemis Lydia) dragonfly because it can get a bit confusing. 🤔 1) Female 2)...
05/16/2020

ID photos for you of the common whitetail (Plathemis Lydia) dragonfly because it can get a bit confusing. 🤔 1) Female 2) Male 3) Immature male

The female is sometimes confused with the females and immature males of the twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella). 😎 The quick trick is to notice the light markings on the abdomen: If the markings are angled then you have a common whitetail.

If you like these ID type photos, I can post more. I know the words take away from the artistic impression or whatnot. But Koaw Nature is about teaching more than offering aesthetic appeal. 😊

#dragonfly #dragonflies #odonata #anisoptera #commonwhitetail #plathemis #nature #whitetail
#beautifulanimals #animalsofinstagram #wildlifephotos #wildlifephotography #natureporn #virginia
#unitedstates #odonates #odonate @ Northern Virginia

05/13/2020
How to Identify Bird Feathers in the Field | KNOW #37

Koaw will walk you through how to use Feather Atlas and other FREE online sources to help you identify your bird feathers! Enjoy.

I'll walk you through how I've identified 4 different bird feathers. You can identify a bird feather too! Just don't get arrested! This video is for the novi...

Spring brings out the butterflies! 🦋 I usually see the zabulon skipper (Poanes zabulon) before most of the other skipper...
05/11/2020

Spring brings out the butterflies! 🦋 I usually see the zabulon skipper (Poanes zabulon) before most of the other skippers of the family Hesperiidae. Though, this year I did see a bunch of duskywings weeks before this male zabulon graced me with a photoshoot opportunity.

#butterfly #butterflies #natureporn #lepidoptera #nature #wildlifephotography #wildlife #virginia #animals #animalsofinstagram #orange #skipper #skippers #springishere #springtime #beautiful

Oh yes, I am posting again on Instagram! 😁A very attractive spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) is wondering why I ...
05/09/2020

Oh yes, I am posting again on Instagram! 😁

A very attractive spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) is wondering why I have disturbed its rest. Stressed specimens will secrete a toxic substance that looks milky in color. I didn’t let this beauty get stressed.

I have plenty of wonderful wildlife shots that will be finding their way to…my wall? Is that what the kids are calling it? My wall will be so lit. (I shuddered writing that last bit.) 🤭🤣 Cheers!

#salamander #amphibian #natureporn #ambystoma #naturephotography #wildlifeshots #wildlife #virginia #animals #animalsofinstagram #tagsareboringtowrite #adorable #salamanders #amphibians #nature #teamkoaw

04/22/2020
'Self-Isolating' Digger Bees! | KNOW #35

Quick one this week! Happy #earthday !

These bees are expert diggers! I'm keeping it short this week. HAPPY EARTH DAY! Check out the Asian shaggy digger bee ( Anthophora villosula ) do some diggin...

04/15/2020
Bad Fish Puns & Jokes! (ft. Koaw's Inner Redneck)

'Cause we all need a laugh right now!

These puns are so bad they're good! My inner redneck makes a cameo in this episode. He feels we all need to laugh and smile a bit more during this difficult ...

04/08/2020
80 Mile Bicycling Adventure (1 DAY!) : W&OD to C&O Canal Towpath

Big thanks to Galen M. Mook and MassBike for inspiring this amazing bicycle adventure!

An amazing and unforgettable day! The pain was real...so was the pleasure! =) Galen Mook, Director of MassBike, convinced me to go on an 80 mile biking trip ...

Koaw Nature teamed up with MassBike for an amazing adventure! We'll release the video next week on YouTube! Meanwhile ch...
04/04/2020
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Koaw Nature teamed up with MassBike for an amazing adventure! We'll release the video next week on YouTube!

Meanwhile check out their website at MassBike.org to see what they are doing about bicycle advocacy during this health crisis. (It's important stuff!)

MassBike is Massachusett's Statewide Bicycle Advocacy Group. Our Mission is to Improve Bicycling Across the State Through Legislation, Education & Outreach.

04/01/2020
SO COOL! Polymorphism in Salamanders | KNOW #33

These salamanders are pretty sweet!

Do you think these salamanders are the SAME or DIFFERENT species? Check out this amazing phenomenon in nature! We'll explore polymorphism in the eastern red-...

03/25/2020
Our Pets Get Us High (and We Them!) – Here’s why…

One of Koaw Nature's finest productions! (May not be suitable for younger viewers due to drug references and graphic images of hominin anatomy.)

Do you have a pet cat or dog? Learn the science behind why you and your pet make each other feel so incredible! We’ll also cover the evolutionary origin of d...

01/29/2020
Magic or Science ? | KNOW #31

Just a fun little trick.

I will make water disappear! Mwahahahaha! (I'll show you how this trick is done and maybe you can try it out on your friends one day.) Don't keep reading the...

01/22/2020
Follow a Fox - (It's not easy!) | KNOW #30

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Man sees fox. Man follows fox. Man observes fox. Man respects fox. On a whim I tracked and followed this red fox for four hours! Here's the story plus we'll ...

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Hey just subscribed to your channel. Love it. So tell me is this a Pike, Pickeral or Tiger muskie?
Re-posting Koaw Nature's "Take a Millennial Fishing" Thanks Ben for being a star! Also thanks to Nick, Bethany and Boz for making the story more interesting. Be sure to like Koaw Nature !