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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...

Bird Feathers

Winter poses several challenges for birds. Scarce food supplies and limited water are just a few obvious challenges to winter survival for nearly all birds. Extremely cold temperatures, strong winds, driving snow, freezing rain are another set of problems that birds must overcome. Add to this,...

Bird Feathers

Winter poses several challenges for birds. Scarce food supplies and limited water are just a few obvious challenges to winter survival for nearly all birds. Extremely cold temperatures, strong winds, driving snow, freezing rain are another set of problems that birds must overcome. Add to this,...

Deer Antler

Hopefully you have survived another holiday season and now snow blankets the woods and farms throughout most of the country. Winter is here and the White-tailed breeding season, called the rut, has come to an end for another year. However, the big White-tailed bucks are still wondering the woods...

American Crow

Continuing my look at some of the more common critters that we see everyday but rarely give them a second thought. I am often asked what is my favorite bird? This is like being asked what is your favorite child? I think all birds are amazing and super cool. But if I were pressed, I would have to...

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...

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