Crowded Planet Photo Gallery

More than 7.2 billion people live on the planet today. As that number grows, at a rate of 227,000 people every day, animals from bees to black bears are feeling the crunch. Everywhere we live – from megacities to sprawling suburbs to rural communities – wildlife struggles to survive amidst our ever-expanding demands for space, food and resources. This is what sharing a crowded planet with wildlife looks like in your neighborhood.

 

Just your friendly neighborhood deer in Sausalito, California. Photographed by Crystal Dolis.

Just your friendly neighborhood deer in Sausalito, California.

Photographed by Crystal Dolis.



Palo verde beetle with a #CrowdedPlanet cat. Photographed by Leigh Moyer.

Palo verde beetle with a #CrowdedPlanet cat.

Photographed by Leigh Moyer.



A squirrel in Cuyamaca State Park, San Diego, California. Photographed by Crystal Dolis.

"I thought he was going to jump on me when we were eating lunch he got so close!" A squirrel in Cuyamaca State Park, San Diego, California.

Photographed by Crystal Dolis.



Ladybug on the dashboard. Photographed by Leigh Moyer.

Ladybug on the dashboard.

Photographed by Leigh Moyer.



Sandhill crane in an agricultural field. Photographed by Andrea Santarsiere

Sandhill crane in an agricultural field.

Photographed by Andrea Santarsiere



Great horned owls nesting in suburbia on a #CrowdedPlanet. Photographed by Andrea Santarsiere.

Great horned owls nesting in suburbia on a #CrowdedPlanet.

Photographed by Andrea Santarsiere.



A male collared lizard near a busy hiking trail. Photographed by Andrea Santarsiere.

A male collared lizard near a busy hiking trail.

Photographed by Andrea Santarsiere.



Swans near Trieste. Photographed by Francesca Doria.

Swans near Trieste.

Photographed by Francesca Doria.



Pheasant by the fire pit. Photographed by Andrea Santarsiere.

Pheasant by the fire pit.

Photographed by Andrea Santarsiere.



All the good perches are taken on a #CrowdedPlanet. Bald Eagles photographed by Andrea Santarsiere.

All the good perches are taken on a #CrowdedPlanet.

Bald Eagles photographed by Andrea Santarsiere.



Roadside moose family. Photographed by Beverley Amarello.

Roadside moose family.

Photographed by Beverley Amarello.



Fox in a playhouse. Photographed by Doug Bevington.

Fox in a playhouse.

Photographed by Doug Bevington.



"Look who's visiting our patio. Spotted this bobcat from the bedroom window in Tucson, AZ."

Photographed by Nancy Canin.



A newly hatched ornate tree lizard in downtown Tucson, Arizona, photographed by Melissa Amarello.

A newly hatched ornate tree lizard in downtown Tucson, Arizona.

Photographed by Melissa Amarello.



A moose family wanders into an apartment building in Homer, Alaska, photographed by Autumn Hostetler.

A moose family wanders into an apartment parking lot in Homer, Alaska.

Photographed by Autumn Hostetler.



Backyard javenila, photographed by Nancy Canin in Tucson, Arizona.

Backyard javelina in Tucson, Arizona.

Photographed by Nancy Canin.



An American kestrel outside his nest in a backyard in Tucson, Arizona, photographed by Melissa Amarello.

An American kestrel outside his nest in a backyard in Tucson, Arizona.

Photographed by Melissa Amarello.



A swan family in the suburbs, photographed by Deanna Cemazar.

A swan family in the suburbs.

Photographed by Deanna Cemazar.



Gambel's quail family in a backyard in Tucson, Arizona, photographed by Melissa Amarello.

Gambel's quail family in a backyard in Tucson, Arizona.

Photographed by Melissa Amarello.



Birds glaring at tourists from their nests in a stone wall, photographed by Stephanie Feldstein.

Birds glaring at tourists from their nests in a stone wall.

Photographed by Stephanie Feldstein.



Best to look both ways before you cross the street on a #CrowdedPlanet. Coachwhip, Oro Valley, Arizona, photographed by Melissa Amarello.

Best to look both ways before you cross the street on a #CrowdedPlanet. Coachwhip, Oro Valley, Arizona.

Photographed by Melissa Amarello.



Wild turkeys near a busy street on a #CrowdedPlanet.

Wild turkeys near a busy street on a #CrowdedPlanet.

Photographed by Jennifer Molidor.



Torn; photographed by Lisa Saul.

Torn.

Photographed by Lisa Saul.



This juvenile red-tailed hawk is learning what it takes to survive in an urban environment -- hope you like pigeon. Photographed by Tatum Hill in Tucson, Arizona.

This juvenile red-tailed hawk is learning what it takes to survive in an urban environment -- hope you like pigeon.

Photographed by Tatum Hill in Tucson, Arizona.



On a #CrowdedPlanet, sometimes the best hunting is along a golf cart path. Tiger rattlesnake, Stone Canyon golf course, Oro Valley, Arizona, photographed by Melissa Amarello.

On a #CrowdedPlanet, sometimes the best hunting is along a golf cart path. Tiger rattlesnake, Stone Canyon golf course, Oro Valley, Arizona.

Photographed by Melissa Amarello.



Rescued mere moments before getting hit by a truck, this turtle had to cross roads on a #CrowdedPlanet to find a place to nest. Safe travels little one; rescued and photographed by Lisa Saul.

Rescued mere moments before getting hit by a truck, this turtle had to cross roads on a #CrowdedPlanet to find a place to nest. Safe travels, little one.

Rescued and photographed by Lisa Saul.



On a #CrowdedPlanet, you never know who will show up for dinner. Western diamondback rattlesnake, photographed by Nancy Canin in Tucson, Arizona.

On a #CrowdedPlanet, you never know who will show up for dinner. Western diamondback rattlesnake.

Photographed by Nancy Canin.



Roadside grizzly bears on a #CrowdedPlanet. Photographed by Beverley Amarello.

Roadside grizzly bears on a #CrowdedPlanet.

Photographed by Beverley Amarello.



Fledgling red-tailed hawk, photographed by Nancy Canin in Tucson, Arizona.

Fledgling red-tailed hawk.

Photographed by Nancy Canin in Tucson, Arizona.



Gambel's quail family in a backyard in Tucson, Arizona, photographed by Melissa Amarello.

Gambel's quail family in a backyard in Tucson, Arizona.

Photographed by Melissa Amarello.



Cant pollinate stone and concrete, photographed by Stephanie Feldstein.

Can't pollinate stone and concrete.

Photographed by Stephanie Feldstein.



How squirrels get around on a #CrowdedPlanet, photographed by Stephanie Feldstein.

How squirrels get around on a #CrowdedPlanet.

Photographed by Stephanie Feldstein.



Summertime on a #CrowdedPlanet means everyone, including this juvenile red-tailed hawk in Tucson, is hitting the pool, photographed by Tatum Hill.

Summertime on a #CrowdedPlanet means everyone, including this juvenile red-tailed hawk in Tucson, is hitting the pool.

Photographed by Tatum Hill.



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