Koaw Nature

Koaw Nature Nature edutainment (education + entertainment) is the focus of Koaw Nature. Koaw is an evolutionary biologist that enjoys teaching about the world that we live in.

Koaw Nature's mission is to reconnect the Millennial generation with nature, and in doing so, become positive influences on a younger generation.

Mission: : To share knowledge of our world.

05/19/2019

The pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is such a reclusive bird in the wild. I rarely get the opportunity to get shots of this gorgeous woodpecker. On this day—I was in for a treat.

I happened upon a large snake, 🐍 what I believe to be a northern black racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor), that had just crossed a stream. Within moments of getting my camera setup, a male northern pileated woodpecker (D. p. abieticola) flew from the canopy to deal with the large, slithering intruder.

😁 It was amazing just observing the behaviors of both animals during this fascinating interspecific interaction. And it became even more interesting when the female woodpecker of the mating pair joined the territorial dispute. #couplegoals

I was lucky my camera was with me – though I wish I had a larger lens. But any camera with any functioning lens is better than none when these interactions occur. I can’t count the number of intriguing animal encounters that remain only in memory, unable to be shared with the world because I was without a camera. I bet you have many instances of that too!

I’m glad I could share this wildlife observation with you! Full video is on Koaw Nature’s YouTube channel. Cheers! –K

#woodpecker #woodpeckers #snake #snakes #birds #bird #birdwatching #wildlife #wildlifeonearth #nature #animals #animallover #animallovers #animalsofinstagram #animales #natureporn

https://youtu.be/X5l0tirPko8

05/07/2019

Kids thrive outdoors! Enough said, right?

A few years ago my nieces would run away from earthworms. And now, with our outdoors experiences and what I constantly teach them about biology, they hold all sorts of creatures and LOVE being around new creatures.

In this clip, the girls wanted to join me for a fun project in the woods that involves building something great out of trash we find while cleaning up the forest. (I'll get the vid up on Koaw Nature YouTube when we finish.)

We saw many cool things, including three species of snake they had never seen before.

Cheers! -K

#getoutdoors #kidsoutdoors #snakes #nature #copperhead #watersnake #wildlifeeducation #greatoutdoors #wildlife #parenting #parentinghacks #ringneckedsnake #snake #serpentes

Koaw Nature's cover photo
05/03/2019

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05/02/2019
Nature Heals a Breakup | Koaw Nature

A video made on a whim. I met many neat animals in this one. Cheers!

What does a biologist do after getting dumped? This one goes outdoors for practical healing in a silly manner. Snaky advice for the lovelorn! Fixing a broken...

Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii) This immature Cooper’s hawk was resting while hunting a male northern cardinal. Aft...
05/02/2019

Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii)

This immature Cooper’s hawk was resting while hunting a male northern cardinal.

After a quick couple of minutes of unsuccessful chasing and hiding between the two birds, the young hawk finally realized its efforts were futile.

I was only able to get my camera and lens unpacked for shooting after the exciting bits of their little bout. (Don’t you also find that frustrating when the camera is packed for great shots?!)

I’m doing my best to post more but social media has never been my forte. Cheers! –K

(Oh yeah, new vid on sexual selection is up on Koaw Nature’s YouTube channel.)

#hawks #aves #birdsofinstagram #nature #raptor #prettybird #birds #wildlife #virginia

03/28/2019
What is a Panfish? | Koaw Nature

For parents and fisherpersons alike! Enjoy! -K

The government recommends you eat more panfish vs. other species but panfish isn't a well-defined term. All you need to know about panfish is in this video. ...

03/07/2019
A Dog's Final Hunt | Koaw Nature

A feel-good story for y'all. Enjoy and a big thanks to Nick Zaczek and Roxy for letting me film them on this special hunt. Cheers! -K

After a decade of hunting with hundreds of hunts, retirement is just around the corner for this black lab. Enjoy this feel-good story as I follow Roxy and he...

03/02/2019
Exploring the alien world of brine pools

This is amazing!

Very few humans have ever seen the mysterious brine pools in person. This is an alien landscape of underwater lakes so salty that they kill most fish who get...

Wild (and invasive) parakeets in London, England! 🇬🇧The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri ssp.) 🐦Weeks b...
02/06/2019

Wild (and invasive) parakeets in London, England! 🇬🇧
The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri ssp.) 🐦

Weeks back, on a foggy morning, I was on a nature walk when two parrots flew over my head, continuing into the distant canopy. I was a bit surprised—not believing these birds were indigenous to the British Isles. As a foreigner to these lands, many species of birds have been new to my eyes.

After investigating the parrots, I discovered that an invasive species of rose-ringed parakeet has a naturalized population in England! This species has four subspecies, with two originating from Africa and two from Asia.

I went to London to see how the beautiful parrots have found a niche within this temperate climate. I shot this gorgeous male on an early morning as he nibbled on a breakfast of berries.

😁 I also made a video on YouTube (Koaw Nature) if you want to know exactly where to find them and/or learn more about these adorable and invasive parakeets!

https://youtu.be/ajaeGHusDyw

-K

#your_best_birds #birdsonearth #parrots #parakeets #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #wildlife #beautiful #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #naturaleza #φύση #자연 #性质 #lanature #koaw #koawnature #birdphotos #birdphotography #best_birds_of_world #best_birds_planet #igbirds #cuteanimals

The red fox – (Vulpes vulpes) in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇬🇧I adore foxes 🦊—I found this deep thinker i...
01/27/2019

The red fox – (Vulpes vulpes) in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇬🇧

I adore foxes 🦊—I found this deep thinker in Southern England.

Along with an impressive craftiness, the willingness to satisfy curiosities has allowed foxes to become immortalized in the lore of many cultures.

🏗 We believe that our mass urbanization is detrimental for animals, of which it is, but we also tend to forget that some species are quite capable of adapting and benefitting from the human sprawl. 🏘

Red foxes have done quite well to become masters of the urban habitat, sifting through garbage bins and occasionally capturing the not-quick-enough house pet or farm animal.

For those curious about my edutainment videos (Koaw Nature on YouTube)—they will be resuming soon!

-K

#fox #foxes #vulpes #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #naturelover #wildlife #natureporn #outdoorslife #earth #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #koaw #koawmature #naturaleza #φύση #자연 #性质 #lanature #foxy #cuteanimals

01/24/2019

A Portrait of a Proud Tit:
The great tit - (Parus major)

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 I’m loving the tits in England! 😉 It’s actually been a struggle to get some decent photos of tits until this proud little specimen posed for me.

And after having visited the National Portrait Gallery in London today, this just seemed the photo to post.

The great tit can be a bit of a bully, especially when it comes to their smaller cousin the blue tit.

But a pair of great tits can be great for the younglings, and not just for offering meals. 😁 After the eggs hatch into chicks, parents will spend about five weeks feeding, defending, cleaning and eventually offering flying lessons to their offspring.

In the United States we don’t have this species of tit, or any of the subspecies. Sometimes ya just gotta go overseas to see some new, beautiful tits.

Cheers! -K

'One for sorrow, two for joy.Three for a girl, four for a boy.Five for silver, six for gold.Seven for a secret never to ...
01/20/2019

'One for sorrow, two for joy.
Three for a girl, four for a boy.
Five for silver, six for gold.
Seven for a secret never to be told.'
- Nursery rhyme about the magpie.

Eurasian magpie (Pica pica) at the White Cliffs of Dover.

Though absolutely cold and windy, I had a wonderful time walking atop the chalk marl built up as a nature reserve in front of the whitened cliffsides.

More to come from UK adventures!

#Aves #birds #bird #magpie #pica #unitedkingdom #uk #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #naturelover #wildlife #natureporn #outdoorslife #earth #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #koaw #koawnature #Dover #samphirehoe @ Samphire Hoe Country Park

(7/7) 👀 When I saw this insect eyeing me, immediately I thought of a Gary Larson cartoon. 😅 It just seemed like I ...
12/16/2018

(7/7) 👀 When I saw this insect eyeing me, immediately I thought of a Gary Larson cartoon. 😅 It just seemed like I had caught this little one in the act of some abnormal, mischievous behavior.😲

🌄 I saw this moth when trekking in the Appalachians and had no idea what it was. After a bit of research, it turns out this is the ailanthus webworm moth (Atteva aurea). 🦋

This species is not native to areas as far north as Virginia. It has been able to thrive off an invasive plant, the tree of heaven, introduced from China.

Unbeknown to me, on that same day I had also taken photos of the larval, or caterpillar-form, of this species.🐛 Turns out this species has a very fast life cycle, so seeing the various lifecycle stages on the same day is not uncommon.

A week of Virginia animals comes to an end. I was going to post a nice photo of some deer in meadow but I suppose that will be for another day.

And of course there will be more Virginia nature in the future—I have to get back there at some point. Thanks for viewing and reading!

Cheers! - K

#moth #moths #insects #insect #atteva #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #naturelover #wildlife #natureporn #outdoorslife #earth #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #koaw #koawnature #garylarson #funnyanimals #appalachiantrail #appalachianmountains #virginia @ Appalachian Mountains

(6/7) 🦎 Virginia has so many wonderful creatures! This five-lined skink (Plestiodon sp.) was sunning on a tree by a t...
12/15/2018

(6/7) 🦎 Virginia has so many wonderful creatures! This five-lined skink (Plestiodon sp.) was sunning on a tree by a trickling creek. 🌲

This is a juvenile—all species of Plestiodon have those vibrant blue tails that fade away into adulthood.

This lizard is carnivorous, mostly eating insects🐜 and other invertebrates🐛. I hope this one fattened up well for the winter.

One more photo to go for my Virginia remembrance week!

#lizard #lizards #squamata #skink #reptile #reptiles #reptilia #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #naturelover #wildlife #natureporn #outdoorslife #koaw #koawnature #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #virginia

(5/7) 🌞 Yup, another warm day remembrance from Virginia. I wish the focus was a bit better—but when I saw this red-...
12/14/2018

(5/7) 🌞 Yup, another warm day remembrance from Virginia.

I wish the focus was a bit better—but when I saw this red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) cruising around the canopy above me, I scrambled to get my camera out of the bag. 📷

I was able to capture a few shots before it bolted to another part of the woods. Though I soon lost sight of the woodpecker, I did hear it foraging, beating a bill against trees in the distance.🌳🌲

🤔 The name of this species is a bit deceptive as the underside of this woodpecker doesn’t have nearly as much red as the top/backside of the head.

I find this bird to be very eyesome. These are fairly common within the eastern United States, in fact I saw one in Chicagoland just the other day. It was a bully at a birdfeeder, causing the sparrows and juncos into a commotion.

#woodpecker #woodpeckers #melanerpes #piciformes #virginia #aves #birds #bird #animalphotography #koaw #koawnature #wildlife #nature #birdlovers

(4/7) 🐝 I encountered this busy female eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) foraging on a pleasant summer day i...
12/13/2018

(4/7) 🐝 I encountered this busy female eastern carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) foraging on a pleasant summer day in Virginia. 🌸 She was great practice for my newly acquired Nikon DSLR.

This species looks very similar to the common eastern bumble bee, also found within the eastern United States, but can be differentiated by examining the conspicuous shiny, metallic-like abdomen as seen in the photo above.

Gotta love our pollinators!

#insects #bees #bee #Xylocopa #Hymenoptera #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #naturelover #wildlife #natureporn #outdoorslife #earth #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #koaw #koawnature #macro #macrophotography #cute

(3/7) 😋Throwback week continues: This nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira)🕷 was found on a nice warm day in N. Virg...
12/12/2018

(3/7) 😋Throwback week continues: This nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira)🕷 was found on a nice warm day in N. Virginia back in August.

🙋🏻‍♀️💁🏻‍♀️ My nieces joined me for our Nature Day when we saw a bunch of these ambush predators perched atop the leaves of flowering plants. We found this spider in mid-meal!

This species is quite common in the Eastern United States. 🕸Nursery web spiders do not build a web to capture prey, however they do build a web for their younglings when an egg sac is soon to hatch.

This is not a potently venomous species and do not present a threat to you or your pets if found in your garden.

#nature #spider #spiders #arachnid #Pisaurina #Virginia #USA #wildlife #wildlifephoto #critters #animals #natureporn #koaw #koawnature #naturephoto #predator

(2/7) 🌞 Another warmer-day remembrance of an animal in Virginia. Like my last post, I found this captivating larva of...
12/11/2018

(2/7) 🌞 Another warmer-day remembrance of an animal in Virginia. Like my last post, I found this captivating larva of a hickory tussock moth (Lophocampa caryae) while hiking in the Appalachian Mountains.🌄

Beautiful—for sure. But beware! This is a venomous species! The aposematic colorations and patterning says, "Hey! Don't eat me or you'll suffer!"🐛

You wouldn’t want to touch those hairs as it could cause contact dermatitis—similar to if you touched poison ivy.

There hasn’t been much research done (at least that I could find) about the exact contents of the toxins and venoms this species potentially possesses. Nevertheless, if you do touch one—wash afterwards quickly and thoroughly.

Cheers!

#tussockmoth #venomous #lophocampa #aposematism #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #naturelover #wildlife #natureporn #outdoorslife #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #koaw #koawnature #moths #moth #larvae #larva #macro

(1/7) I’m currently in the cold of Chicagoland getting some work done. I’m missing my humans and animals in Virginia...
12/10/2018

(1/7) I’m currently in the cold of Chicagoland getting some work done. I’m missing my humans and animals in Virginia. Each day this week I’ll be posting a photo of mine of VA wildlife taken during warmer weather.

This is a red-footed cannibalfly (Promachus rufipes). I spotted this insect in the late summer within the Appalachian Mountains.

This type of robber fly is an agile predator of other insects and even spiders, capable of capturing prey in flight. Once captured, a victim is injected with neurotoxins and enzymes to be subdued and more easily digested.

#fly #insect #insects #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #naturelover #wildlife #natureporn #outdoorslife #earth #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #koaw #koawnature #macro #robberfly #cannibalfly #promachus

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias herodias) – Watching these wading birds exercise patience while fishing is a true les...
11/28/2018

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias herodias) – Watching these wading birds exercise patience while fishing is a true lesson for any fisher.

These birds are fairly skittish when humans approach but this specimen seemed to not mind the photo opportunity.

#heron #birds #bird #aves #nature #outdoors #animals #mothernature #naturelovers #naturelover #wildlife #natureporn #outdoorslife #naturephoto #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #koaw #koawnature

11/22/2018
Does Trump Hate Nature? | 25 Environmental Policy & Related Changes | Koaw Nature

One hyperbolic question led me on an investigation. I should hope we all are aware of what the current administration is up to when it comes to our health and that of the environment. Cheers!

This video examines twenty-five of the Trump administration’s policy changes and related actions impacting the environment and our health—some are beneficial...

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