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Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Posted on 14. Apr, 2011 by in Blog

I took a terrific trip with my family to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. recently, and we saw many of the animals from my books there. If you get a chance to go, check out the giant squid in the huge tank that was too big for me to photograph, plus the other weird creatures in the Deep Ocean exhibit, and of course the awesome fossils.

Baby Otter Learns to Swim

Posted on 12. Jul, 2010 by in Blog

As I explain in my Baby Otter book, young river otters are sometimes unsure about getting in the water, because they don’t know yet that they will be good swimmers.  The mother otter helps them out, but she sometimes has to give them a firm but gentle push.  Check it out!

A Trip to the Zoo

Posted on 01. Jun, 2010 by in Blog

I went to visit some of my favorite animals at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. last week, and I wanted to share some of my pictures with you. See how many of these animals you can find in my books, and tell me about your favorite animals!

See Fainting Goats Faint

Posted on 23. Apr, 2010 by in Blog

I also got a request from someone asking to see fainting goats, which are included in my book FAKE OUT! Animals That Play Tricks. Here’s a video that shows you just how silly they are.

See Lipizzaner stallions dance!

Posted on 23. Apr, 2010 by in Blog

A student recently asked me during a school visit where she could see Lipizzaner stallions (which are featured in my book FAR OUT! Animals That Do Amazing Things) dance. These beautiful horses tour around the world, but you can watch this video to get an idea of the tricks they can do.

Lipizzan stallions dancing

Video of a Kangaroo Joey in a Pouch

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by in Blog

Here is a video of a young kangaroo joey coming out to check out the world and then quickly jumping back in.  It’s amazing to see how much kangaroo can fit into what looks like a pretty small pouch. There will be lots more interesting updates on marsupials, as that’s the next book I’m working on now: Pouch Babies and Their Marsupial Moms.

Vampire Squid Video

Posted on 17. Feb, 2010 by in Blog

Check out this cool video of the vampire squid and how it can turn itself inside out!

Vampire Squid Video

National Zoo Animal Webcams

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by in Blog

One of my favorite places to visit is the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.  But if you can’t get there, you can still check out the animals on these live webcams.  Many of these animals are featured in my books, including cheetahs, kiwi birds, golden lion tamarin monkeys, otters, and my favorite gross animals, naked mole rats.  See what the animals are up to day and night, but be patient because they might be somewhere else in their enclosure sleeping or eating but will eventually come back to the cams.  Have fun spying on the animals!

Naked Mole Rat

Click here for the National Zoo webcams page.

Marsupial Mole

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by in Blog

This is my new favorite animal, discovered while researching my next book, Pouch Babies, about marsupial mammals. It is blind and uses its shovel hands and hard nose to swim through the Australian desert, looking for food.

Weird Science

Posted on 03. Jan, 2010 by in Blog

I love that scientists are always discovering new, weird animal behaviors and abilities. The octopus is one of my favorite animals, and recent research has uncovered some amazing things they can do. Check out this article and video from National Geographic:

I’ll be sharing lots of animal news in my blog, as well as news about my new books as they come out and interesting experiences at school visits. Join me for some animal adventures!

Owl Barf Balls

Posted on 20. Dec, 2009 by in Blog

Would you like to fool your friends and tell them you’re eating owl puke? Its easy and fun to make this recipe for yummy, pretend owl barf balls. Don’t worry they taste much better than they look! And always remember to get an adult to help you when you are cooking in the kitchen.