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Woodcock Wonderment

Feb 29, 2016

Usually, the one way to find a woodcock is to follow close behind a dog with a good nose. But in March, woodcocks emerge from hiding and do a dramatic sky dance that announces the end of winter.

photo of American woodcock

Best “Buds” Forever

Feb 22, 2016

If you are yearning for signs of spring, take a look at the swollen buds on the branches of backyard trees and shrubs.

wild plum

That Cave Dweller Life

Feb 15, 2016

When you think of caves, bats and our cave-dwelling ancestors come to mind. But caves also harbor many other kinds of animals.

cave salamander

The Good Kind of Cavity

Feb 08, 2016

Teeth and trees have something in common: They can both get cavities! Although we wisely have our cavities filled, tree cavities are wisely left just as they are.

photo of a screech owl in a tree cavity

There’s No Time Like Wintertime

Feb 01, 2016

The amount of snow fall determines how wildlife survive and thrive in the winter. One inch of snow hinders ground-feeding birds such as quail from finding food, but efficiently hides a meadow mouse from the watchful eye of a hungry hawk.

Turkey in Snow

How the Bald Eagle Escaped Extinction

Jan 25, 2016

While extinction is forever, endangered means there is still hope to pull a species back from the brink.

American Bald Eagle catching a fish

The Nest

Jan 18, 2016

A deserted bird nest raises curiosity like an old, deserted house does. What’s the house like inside? What was the family like who lived here?

Photo of two juvenile bald eagles in nest

The Best Winter Coat

Jan 11, 2016

When winter winds chill us to the bone, we bundle up in sweaters, down vests and fleece parkas. Wild animals, on the other hand, must endure the cold.

Photo of bobcat

The Cold-blooded Club

Jan 04, 2016

On winter walks, you don’t expect to hear from frog choruses, or see snakes and turtles. Where have these animals gone?

ringed salamander

The Peculiar Pileated Woodpecker

Dec 28, 2015

The pileated woodpecker is our largest woodpecker. The crow-sized bird uses its powerful beak to tear into decayed wood in search of beetle grubs and carpenter ants.

Photograph of a pileated woodpecker, side view

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