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A Walk on Kennedy Space Center's Wild Side
10.12.05
 
Snowy egret + Large Image (2000 x 3008, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (480 x 722, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (240 x 361, 72 ppi)



A snowy egret is spotted near NASA Kennedy Space Center. Its habitat is salt marshes, ponds, rice fields and shallow coastal bays, ranging primarily along the eastern coast from Maine to South America, but including areas of northern California and Oklahoma. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

White-tailed deer + Large Image (3000 x 1993, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (720 x 478, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (360 x 239, 72 ppi)



In the pre-dawn hours, a pregnant white-tailed deer is watchful as she browses for food on the west end of NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Manatees + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (722 x 480, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (361 x 240, 72 ppi)



An adult manatee (left) nuzzles its baby (right) in the water at the mouth of Banana Creek on Kennedy Space Center. Manatees live in Florida's warm-water rivers and inland springs. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Ospreys + Large Image (3008 x 2000, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (722 x 480, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (361 x 240, 72 ppi)



Against the background of the NASA logo on the Vehicle Assembly Building, the osprey nest in the nearby parking lot reveals two fledglings and one of the adult ospreys. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Dolphin + Large Image (3000 x 1995, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (720 x 479, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (360 x 240, 72 ppi)



A dolphin surfs the wake of a research boat on the Banana River. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Alligator + Large Image (3000 x 1995, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (720 x 479, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (360 x 240, 72 ppi)



An alligator is spotted sunning on the muddy bank of a canal in KSC. Nearly 5,000 alligators can be found in canals, ponds, and waterways throughout the Center and the surrounding Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Great blue heron + Large Image (1995 x 3000, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (479 x 720, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (240 x 360, 72 ppi)



A great blue heron stands sentry in the marshes around Kennedy Space Center. The heron is one of 310 species of birds that inhabit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Wild pigs + Large Image (3000 x 1972, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (720 x 473, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (360 x 237, 72 ppi)



Wild pigs stop near the Kennedy Press Site in the Launch Complex 39 Area on their daily foraging rounds. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Water fowl + Large Image (3000 x 1968, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (720 x 472, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (360 x 236, 72 ppi)



An immature -- therefore white -- little blue heron (center, with black bill) joins roseate spoonbills and a pair of great egrets in a lake near Kennedy Space Center. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Black-necked stilts + Large Image (2009 x 3000, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (482 x 720, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (241 x 360, 72 ppi)



An adult black-necked stilt seems to be giving its chick a dancing lesson. The chick already displays the long neck and legs of the adult. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Bald eagles + Large Image (2051 x 2670, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (553 x 720, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (277 x 360, 72 ppi)



A pair of Florida bald eagles take advantage of a tower to rest and view the landscape at Kennedy Space Center. This pair of eagles nests near Kennedy Parkway and is seen frequently by space center commuters and visitors. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Baby owl + Large Image (2670 x 2056, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (720 x 554, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (360 x 277, 72 ppi)



A baby owl, possibly a screech owl, stares at the photographer snapping its picture. The owl was found inside a hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)

Bobcat + Large Image (2617 x 1710, 300 ppi)
+ Medium Image (706 x 461, 72 ppi)
+ Small Image (353 x 231, 72 ppi)



A young, male bobcat balances gingerly on telephone pole cables next to the south-bound lane of Kennedy Parkway. (Image credit: NASA/KSC)