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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

Identifying Trees by Their Silhouettes

Dec 21, 2015

Body shape: We’re always trying to change it, even rearrange it! But our friends can easily identify us by that unique individual silhouette–the one the mirror always tells us the truth about!

State Champion Slippery Elm

The Sparrow Saga

Dec 14, 2015

Even in the dead of winter, things can get pretty lively around a bird feeder. It’s a meeting place for cardinals, blue jays, nuthatches and those “little brown birds”… the sparrow.

white-crowned sparrow

Christmas Bird Counts

Dec 07, 2015

An early American holiday tradition was the annual Christmas bird hunt. Participants competed to count the most wild birds. Today, the Christmas Bird Count is a popular tradition around in the United States.

Photo of a ring-necked pheasant cock in flight.

Blue Jay Jamboree

Nov 30, 2015

For many of us, the flashy, bold blue jay was the first bird we learned to identify. Jays are conspicuous because of their size and striking color.

Photo of a blue jay on snow


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