I've always loved reading about the sciences. For the most part, that's influenced my participation in the Para-Earth series, where paranormal and science fiction (in the form of parallel Earth evolution) come together. However, I'm finding my interest in animal life is even useful in the Forever Detective series. Many folklore entities are closely connected to the natural realm. Even unnatural creatures like vampires are able to shape shift and control animals to do their bidding-- so it helps to know about those animals.
For instance, there are many types of bats, and vampire bats are a tiny minority. Insectivores are far more common, and the flying fox type-- the largest bats-- are not only cute, but they live on things like pollen, nectar, and fruit. If a vampire turns into a flying fox, it tells you he doesn't think like other vampires.
For Forever Haunted, I had to do some research on moths, which was rather fun and unusual. I've learned about jaguars, too, as I will be using that information later.
I need to know about horses for book 3, Forever in Deep. I also need horse racing information. Anyone want to recommend good sources?