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Eastern Gray Squirrel

I often enjoy the more common side of nature. The nature in our own backyards or neighborhood park. The nature that we see every day but seems to go unnoticed because it’s so common. For example, the Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). Likely the most common squirrel species the...

Bird Migration

I would love to write a nice little article about bird migration. Something short and snappy and to the point, but when I reflect about how I would do this, I shutter at the thought. You see, bird migration on the surface seems simple enough. Right? Birds fly south in winter and north in spring....

Red-tailed Hawk

Often it is the common critters that go unnoticed or at least unappreciated. After all, when was the last time you noticed a House Sparrow or Pigeon? How about an Eastern Chipmunk or Gray Squirrel? I’ve always maintained that we see woodpeckers do incredibly amazing things, such as landing...

Fly Agaric

Moving into autumn means it’s time for mushrooms. The cooler temperatures and increased precipitation cause the shooms to pop! But, before I go any further about mushrooms, I need to give some basic cautions. First, if you ever plan on collecting wild mushrooms you should understand...

Monarch Butterfly

When you think about all of the amazing animals in this world your mind tends to think about the large furry critters such as bears or moose. Yes, there are many crazy cool critters in this world. In fact, there are about 5,000 mammals in the world.

But at this time of year, when I think...

Gray Tree Frog

While poking around the garden the other day I found an adorable visitor. A small frog called a Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor) resting amongst the brightly colored flowers. This amazing little creature can be found in a wide range of habitats located throughout the eastern half of the United...

Late Nesting Birds


When you think about birds and nesting, you automatically think “spring”. But recently I was photographing a Ruby-throated Hummingbird nest in August and it made me think that, not all birds are nesting right away in spring. In fact, there are many species of birds that...

Black Bear Mating

Each spring I lead a bunch of wildlife photo tours. Dozens of photographers from around the world spend anywhere from a few hours up to a week with me pursuing a number of natural subjects. One of the favorite subjects are American Black Bears (Ursus americanus).

The Black Bear is unique...

Unusual Nests

It had been nearly 2 hours and I was still waiting, perched high up in my aerial blind, nearly 25 feet above the ground. I’ve been patiently waiting for an adult Osprey to return to the nest with a meal for the two young raptors waiting within the nest. My aerial blind is like sitting...

Purple Martins

I have a whole new definition for “streaming TV”. A couple years ago, I installed a tiny color camera complete with audio inside one of my Purple Martin houses. This allows me to observe and study the nesting behavior of our largest swallow species. In addition, the camera also has...

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