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Brown Creeper

I am always interested in the unsung hero or the rule breakers of nature. The kind of critter that is common, yet no one seems to pay any attention to them. Or the bird who is so common throughout the U.S., yet no one seems to notice them. I am talking about the most common bird that you never...

Sage Grouse

The rights of spring are particularly interesting, especially in the bird world. I was thinking about this the other morning while filming a male Ruffed Grouse drumming on a log. But I wasn’t thinking about the Ruffed Grouse, I was thinking about a close relative to the Ruffed Grouse, the...

Chorus Frog

Spring is filled with so many cool and interesting natural things. The earth is awaking after a long and frozen sleep. Each year I am surprised when I hear my first frogs calling. It always seems too early or far too cold for frogs to be active and yet there they are.  When the snow melts...

Woodchucks

This year we seemed to zip right past Groundhog Day without even noticing. Perhaps this is because during Covid time, everyday seems the same, just like the movie Groundhog Day. Nothing new or different. Just one day like the other. But for the Groundhog, also known as the Woodchuck, spring is a...

White Fur

As winter loosens its grip on the northern states and it finally feels like spring, my mind turns to all the changes in nature. In particular, the animals in the northern climates that change the color of their coats (pelage) or the birds that change their feathers (plumage) from brown to white...

Bison and Wolf

The bison turned quickly, ready to charge. The two feet of snow didn’t slow its powerful hooves but rather kicked up a rooster-tail of shinny ice crystals into the cold winter air, highlighting the Bison’s efforts. What was surprising was how quickly the pack of wolves turned around...

Dog eat Dog World

There is no question about it! It is a dog-eat-dog world out there, and now I have proof. Recently on a trip to film wolves in Yellowstone National Park, I was reminded of this old saying. The week before I arrived an associate of mine witnessed a coyote chasing a Red Fox through the deep snow....

Northern Shrike

            I love rule breakers. You know, the critters in nature that don’t follow the rules we people lay out for them. A good example of this is the Opossum. How crazy is it for a mammal to have their babies borne after just 14...

Snow Flakes

A light and gentle snow started falling the other day while I was out in the woods. Quickly the tiny flakes started to build a uniform blanket covering the ground. It was a beautiful scene. It was at this point that I started to notice the induvial snowflakes that were sticking to my dark green...

Owls

Winter is a time of plenty for owls. The nights are very long, and the days are painfully short. I was reminded of this the other day while out photographing and filming a wild Barred Owl sleeping in a tree. I spent several hours just observing this magnificent raptor as it dozed in a large...

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