Zee will be lying low in the coming months, while I head to New Zealand to sketch seabirds for a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. (See more Adventures of Zee.)
Here's one last sighting of Zee with the long-lost New Zealand Storm-Petrel. This little seabird, thought to be extinct for the entire 20th century, was recently found nesting on an island just 50 miles from New Zealand's biggest city.
The storm-petrel's tenuous recovery depends on ongoing conservation efforts, including constant vigilance to keep invasive cats and rats away from its breeding grounds.
Stay tuned to learn more about this storm-petrel and other seabirds of New Zealand, appropriately known as the "seabird capital of the world" (and as a global leader in saving these very important, very endangered animals!).
Zee and this ant are waiting for the trout lily to finish developing a seed, because attached to that seed will be a little snack. The ant will take the seed home, feed the snack to the baby ants, and throw the rest in the compost pile—a nice place for a new trout lily to grow. (Zee, who already has an ample supply of snacks, is just here for the show.)
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