A Year in Review Celebration for National Wildlife Day

Masked Bobwhite QuailHappy National Wildlife Day! A year ago, we published our first blog post, about the Masked Bobwhite Quail. Since then, there have been successful efforts and attention paid to these special birds and their future looks bright.

We’ve talked about teddy bears, watercolor techniques, and where inspiration can come from. We’ve talked about wolves and coyotes and big cats, and then we’ve talked about some even bigger animals, like Megatherium and Apatosaurus. Our posts about dinosaurs and prehistoric animals have always been a big hit, and I look forward to another year of dino discussion.

 

Mother Koala and BabyWe’ve talked about Australian animals, koalas, numbats, platypuses. And we’ve talked about some unusual animals, like the woolly caterpillar and the “honey bear”. But we haven’t forgotten the animals you might see around your neighborhood, like ducks and house cats. Everyone is important here, and everyone has something amazing about them, even if at first glance they don’t raise any questions.

Take ants, for example. We took a look at their social structure and if you thought it was complex, think again. It’s actually really complex and really fascinating to read about. This blog was actually one of my favorites to write, and to this day I’m blown away by those little farmers.

 

Lots of present-day animals have huge prehistoric ancestors, and we’ve discovered a lot of them here together. To name just a few, we’ve seen giant moose, Elasmotherium the gigantic ancestor of rhinos, and, in a surprising turn of events, huge prehistoric otters. On the other hand, we’ve also gone on a journey together of searching for prehistoric animals who were tiny, and tried to figure out why it was so hard to find any.

Final Sketch of Sitting Bunny

 

We’ve also learned how to draw lots of animals, from birds to cats to dinosaurs to rabbits. I hope that someone reading those tutorials found them helpful and, most importantly, had fun while following along. If there’s any animal you would like to see a step-by-step guide to drawing, please leave me a comment down below.

 

 

If you’re new here and feel a little overwhelmed by all the links I’ve provided up above, maybe start by checking out one of our most popular blog posts.

1. The most popular is actually a recent one, about starfish. That blog is an exciting ride from start to finish, you don’t want to miss it.

2. Fun facts about the flamingo is second. There’s a lot you don’t know about these flashy pink birds, go check it out!

3. Dunkleosteus the giant prehistoric fish comes in third. This guy was bigger than any fish you’ve ever seen and basically had shears for teeth.

And an honorary mention, a lot of people enjoyed when we discussed how to draw a brown bear. You can find all of our blogs saved on Pinterest here. You’ll see that every one mentioned today doesn’t even come up to half of everything we’ve shared with you.

Disney
Thank you so much for being here with us this past year, and if you just found us recently, welcome! I know you’ll like it here. As always, we will be posting two blog posts a week on Tuesday and Friday. This week is just the exception with us posting on Wednesday which is our anniversary. Until next time, thanks for reading and goodbye!

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