•Send us your nature photos and sightings at info@thenaturalistsnotebook.com. We'll post the best of them here or on our popular Facebook page, which has become a hub for nature and science lovers from across the country and around the world.

•We are now open for the season at our Northeast Harbor, Maine, nature-and-science exploratorium-shop, where people can explore, learn, have fun and shop. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Columbus Day. We will soon open the season at our larger (three-floor) space—the original Naturalist's Notebook, which has named a Best of New England destination by Yankee magazine and a Best of Maine destination by Down East magazine—in nearby Seal Harbor, Maine. The Seal Harbor space will be open fewer days a week.

•July is Wild About Wildlife Month—shouldn't that be every month?—and  includes Don't Step on a Bee Day (July 10), World Population Day (July 11),  Shark Awareness Day (July 14), World Snake Day (July 16), and International Tiger Day (July 29).

•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)  Feral Bunnies Are Taking Over Las Vegas

•Check our new Complete Guide to Bernd Heinrich's Books, the first piece in our Great Nature/Science Books section and the only place where you can see all of Bernd's books and read his account of how he came to write them.

•We've launched our new How to Draw section, which will grow in the year ahead. Learn how to draw a simple raven from great naturalist-writer-artist Bernd Heinrich or an evening grosbeak from ornithologist-artist Luke Seitz.



Devin Russel shared with us his beautiful shot of a bobcat that wandered by his home in Oro Valley, Arizona. "The bobcat stayed on my concrete block wall for about 15 seconds, just long enough to capture this photo," says Devin. This is just one of the many great nature photographs our more than 200,000 Facebook followers have been sharing with us from across North America and around the world. To see more, go to our Nature Photos page and follow/like us on Facebook.

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