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In the (Mushroom) Hunt

Mar 30, 2015

April showers bring… mushrooms? April showers and warm nights make morels (muh-rells) grow and send folks to their favorite mushroom-hunting spots.

Photograph of several black morel mushrooms with one split in half

It’s Prime Time for the Wild Turkey

Mar 23, 2015

The changing seasons always bring a transition in the wild.


PawPaw: A Forgotten Fruit

Mar 16, 2015

There is a Midwest fruit as sweet as bananas and as fragrant as papayas: the pawpaw.

pawpaw tree

Non-Darling Starlings

Mar 09, 2015

These unwelcoming immigrants are the neighborhood bullies of the bird community.

Photograph of a juvenile European starling walking in grass

Peculiar Prairie-Chickens

Mar 02, 2015

Animals have interesting ways of attracting their mates. But the prairie-chicken’s mating ritual may be one of the most bizarre.

Prairie Chicken

Toad or Frog?

Feb 23, 2015

Toads and frogs: You see and hear them near water and wooded areas. But how can you differentiate between these two amphibians that are vital to our ecosystem?

American toad

The (Bird’s) Eyes Have It

Feb 16, 2015

Birds, in general, see well. Birds of prey probably see better than any other living creature. They can see as much as eight times better than we can. Owls, which are active at night, can find mice in light 10 to 100 times dimmer than that needed by the human eye.

Long Eared Owl peers through the branches of a pine tree

Cats: Pet or Predator?

Feb 09, 2015

Cats’ soft “meows” and lovable grazes make them one of the most popular house pets. But the little balls of fur have an ulterior motive many people tend to ignore.

Black Barn Cat

Nature’s Ultimate Copycat

Feb 03, 2015

“If that mockingbird don’t sing, Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.”

Northern MockingBird

The Groundhog Way

Jan 26, 2015

On February 2 Americans will intensely be watching the movements of one particular groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil.

Upright Woodchuck


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