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Ruffed Grouse

I am no stranger to getting up at zero dark thirty. But when my alarm goes off at 4 am after not sleeping most of the night, it’s getting harder and harder to drag myself out of bed. I was reminded of this recently when my alarm went off, at 4 am, and I needed to get up to photograph a...

Great Horned Owl

There are a lot of aspects of nature that I find interesting. However, what I find even more interesting are what people think of nature. Or more specifically the “rules” people place on nature. And then everyone is surprised when nature doesn’t follow these human imposed...

American Woodcock

Stepping out of my truck and into the cool fresh air of a late evening. It feels so good to be outside in nature, especially after being trapped inside my house for these many weeks. To the west, the sun is setting, and I figured I had about 10 minutes before all the fun begins.

I love...

Chorus Frog

I enjoy cracking my bedroom window at night to let some fresh air in and to cool down the room for sleeping. This means I hear a lot of things going on outside my home. In summer I can hear Barred Owls calling. A couple weeks ago I could hear Tundra Swans migrating (at night) on their way to...

Osprey

I find it interesting how we often think of nature as one specific way and only one way. No variations or exceptions. It is either this way or that way. Nothing in between. I have been traveling, studying and writing books about nature for over 30 years and the one thing that I have learned over...

Black Vulture

It seems that a lot of people are only interested in the glamorous or top-tier species of mammals and birds. For example, no one seems to be interested in mice, voles or shrews. You don’t see television documentary shows on these tiny critters. But it’s a different story when it...

Signs of Spring

At this time of year there are so many signs of spring. Even though the calendar says it’s still winter, and many parts of the country are still covered with a thick blanket of snow, there are signs of spring all over the place. Let’s start by looking at the birds. They are often the...

American Bison

The American Bison (Bison bison) is an incredibly interesting critter. Sometimes called, Buffalo, this name is a misnomer and suggests that the American Bison is somehow related to the Buffalo of the Old World. So you might say, contrary to the song “Home on the Range” buffalo...

Yellowstone wolves in Winter

Late in the day, all of our searching and listening had finally paid off. Up on a low rolling, snow covered ridge, just out of sight, a pack of wolves had made a kill earlier in the day. What the pack killed was unknown but with all of the ravens flying around it was obvious what had...

Great Horned Owl

At this time of year, I get a lot of emails and texts from people reporting they are hearing an owl hooting outside their windows at night. While many enjoy the sound, others complain they can’t get to sleep. Either way, the chances are, a Great Horned Owl is the culprit. The Great Horned...

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