Thanks to all of you who explored, learned, asked questions, had fun, drew, solved puzzles, identified birds, shopped, walked on the Moon, stepped inside a brain, played our electromagnetic spectrum keyboard and otherwise enjoyed the 2017 season at our two unique, interactive, educational, shop-and-think, nature-and-science spaces, in Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor. We'll be reopening them next summer and celebrating our 10th season!  

•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 ( 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. 



Dick Rowe shared with us his breathtaking photo of roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets and ibises taking off on Merritt Island in Florida. To see more of the great nature photos that are shared with us every day by our more than 250,000 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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