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Staring Into the Eyes of a Hawk with @floatingfeather

To see more fiercely beautiful raptors, follow @floatingfeather on Instagram.

“You can disappear into the fire and magic of the eyes of a hawk,” says Mike Shaw of HawkWatch International (@floatingfeather). He would know: The non-profit organization leads regular wildlife trips in Nevada, where visitors can come face-to-face with apex predators. Recently, Mike took a high school class to a hawk migration site located on a steep, windswept bridge. “The students got to the top, some close to tears, and immediately wanted to go home—until hawks started zipping past their heads,” he says. “Suddenly, they never wanted to leave.”

HawkWatch’s Instagram features piercing, up-close-and-personal photos of hawks and other birds of prey, with one goal in mind: inspiration. “It would be great if a picture prompts someone to turn their eyes to the sky for a couple of minutes a day, to put up a nest box, to volunteer somewhere,” he says. “Or to just realize how fiercely beautiful raptors are.”

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Capturing the Action at Costa Rica’s Sloth Sanctuary

For more photos and videos from the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica, browse the #slothsanctuary hashtag and explore the Sloth Sanctuary location page.

On Costa Rica’s eastern coast, some of nature’s slowest mammals call a small refuge home.

The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica has humble beginnings. Couple Judy Avey-Arroyo and Luis Arroyo had an established history of running a privately-owned biological reserve when neighbors brought them an orphaned baby three-toed sloth. Unable to find assistance from local institutions, they took matters into their own hands and raised the sloth, Buttercup, on their own.

Buttercup is now 21 years old, and the Arroyos have been running their home as an authorized sloth rescue center since 1997. The family-run Sloth Sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated more than 500 sloths to date, nearly 150 of whom are permanent residents.

As the sanctuary continues its efforts to learn from the sloths in rehabilitation and teach the public about them, Instagrammers are increasingly visiting and documenting their time with the sloths through photos and videos.

Interested in helping out? Explore the sanctuary’s website for more information and ways to get involved.