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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...

Muskrat

This winter has been a bit strange in the northland where I reside. Not much snow but enough cold temperatures to start freezing the lakes. The small lakes and ponds freeze up tight right away, but the larger lakes have open water near the center or in the deeper areas. While out photographing...

Caribou and Reindeer

Tis the season of the Reindeer. After all, it’s hard to not notice them at this time of year. They make appearances in holiday movies, or on holiday greeting cards, and sometimes they are seen in Christmas tree lots as the featured animal. They appear on stage in plays or re-enactments and...

White-tailed Deer

The recent weather roller-coaster has found me stomping around the woods in search of rutting White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus). One week I am wearing a short-sleeved shirt and light-weight hiking shoes and the next week I am dressed in four layers and waterproof boots along with a hat...

Wild Turkey

Because of Thanksgiving, in my mind, the month of November and Turkeys are linked together. Of course, this is uniquely an American association due to our Thanksgiving holiday. So, at this time of year I like to turn my attention to the Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo). Let’s take...

Hummingbird Migration

            Well, it’s that time of year again. The count down is on and it is just a matter of a few precious days to a week or so before we we’ll say good-bye to one of our favorite avian backyard residents—the hummingbirds. Yes, the migration is...

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