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The Sights and Sounds of Fall

Oct 12, 2015

Autumn sights are unmistakable. The landscape is awash with the colors of changing leaves. Sunsets are coppery. Fall smells are evocative: cider, smoke from burning leaves, and the singed pumpkin of a jack-o-lantern plug.

Beatuiful fall colors in Hartsburg's river bottom.

Bobcat Tales

Oct 05, 2015

The bobcat’s habitat has played a vital role in the history of the animal’s survival. Despite the profound change from wilderness to developed land, bobcats have managed to remain Midwest residents.

Photo of bobcat

Slithering Baby Snakes

Sep 28, 2015

When people find baby snakes around their homes, they wonder: Where did it come from? Is it venomous? Will we find more?

prairie kingsnake

Along Came a Spider Web

Sep 21, 2015

A heavy morning dew touches all of nature, especially the fine, geometric threads of a spider web.

Photo of arrow-shaped micrathena spider

Color Them Pretty

Sep 14, 2015

In nature, color has a purpose. Seasonal decorations can help some animals distinguish males from females. 

Photo of male mallard in flight

Like a Nighthawk

Sep 07, 2015

Watch for flying bull-bats, a nickname for the common nighthawk in the September sky. Nighthawks are not “hawks” and also fly during daylight hours. Their loud calls will jar the night.

Artwork of a nighthawk

Dynamic Darters

Aug 31, 2015

Next time you see a fish swimming around erratically, it might not be because they are hungry or because they are being chased by another fish. They might simply be living up to their name.

Swamp darter side view

The Roadkill Files

Aug 24, 2015

As streets and highways invade more and more animal habitats, the number of road-killed animals rises.

Photograph of a striped skunk walking

In the Land of Ladybugs

Aug 17, 2015

They go by names such as the lady beetle or ladybird beetle, but you may be most familiar with one.

image of Four-Spotted Lady Beetle on a leaf

Nature’s Masquerade Ball

Aug 10, 2015

All wildlife seeks to survive. But rather than hiding from predators, some harmless animals flaunt their presence. They can be so bold because they resemble other animals that taste bad or cause them harm.

Photo of red-femured milkweed borer beetle on milkweed leaf


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