Within North America, there are seven different species of raccoon.Raccoons are highly adaptable animals, which has allowed them to thrive in cities and suburbs. Normally, they’d prefer forests, wetlands, and other places that are situated close to water sources.
Get an up-close look at these birds in Alan Lacy’s Filming the Wild video, The Cactus Wren. He takes you along for the ride as he works on a project about the Sonoran Desert – catch the desert in springtime and get a look at a Cactus Wren nest, as well as a Cactus Wren with its prey!
Tropical Screech Owls can be found in Central and South America. They stand 8-9 inches tall, with a 6-7 inch wingspan, and weigh 3.5-5.5 ounces. Tropical Screech Owls have three different morphs: brown, gray-brown, and rufous (reddish-brown).
Endemic to Hispaniola, an island in the Caribbean, this owl can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It looks very similar to a Barn Owl but is darker in coloring. It stands about 12-13 inches tall, has a 9-11 inch wingspan, and weighs 9-18 ounces. It is the Ashy-Faced Owl.
You can find them almost anywhere, except for Australia and Antarctica. They’re members of the Mustelidae family – in fact, they’re the only members of that species that are serious swimmers. They are river otters and they are a keystone species.
Athene Noctua, are found in Europe, Asia, Africa, and New Zealand. They like habitats that are open, like farms, orchards, and quarries. They are cavity-dwellers, whether they are natural or manmade. They are the Little Owl.