WE'RE NOW OPEN in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor! The three-story, interactive, award-winning Seal Harbor space (16 Main St./207-801-2777) is open every day from 10 to 5, while the smaller of our two fun, educational, shop-and-think spaces, in Northeast Harbor (115 Main St./207-276-4120) is open from 10 to 5, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hope   to see you if you're in Maine anytime between now and mid-October!

•Send us your nature photos and sightings by posting them on the visitor-post section of our Facebook page or by attaching them to either a Facebook message to The Naturalist's Notebook or an email (info@thenaturalistsnotebook.com). We'll post the best and most interesting of them here or on our Facebook page, which has become a hub for nature and science lovers from across North America and around the world. We also may use some in installations in our two physical spaces.  

•EARTH NEWS: 4 Headlines to Click On: 1) World's Most Endangered Marine Mammal Down to 30 Individuals; 2) This Prehistoric Human Ancestor Was All Mouth; 3) Officials Seize 3.1 Tons of Pangolin Scales; 4) Gold Mine Boom New Threat to Amazon

•Population meter: 7.6 billion humans on the planet, a billion more than in 2006, two billion more than in 1994, three billion more than in 1982, four billion more than in 1969, five billion more than in 1952 and six billion more than in 1900. 



Pterodactyl? Nope, this modern dinosaur is a wood stork, the only type of stork that breeds in North America. “While I was on a trip to the Everglades I stopped at Paurotis Pond and was looking across at wood stork and spoonbill nests in the distance," writes Susan Hale in sharing this shots with us from Florida. "I happened to turn around and discovered that right behind me in the parking lot wood storks were making repeated visits gathering nesting materials from the trees. It was an incredible photo opportunity.”. To see more of the great nature photos that are shared with us every day by our more than 265,000 Facebook followers and learn more about wildlife and science, follow us on Facebook and go to our Nature Photos page here on the website. Feel free to share with us your own sightings, observations and photos!

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