Critter Tales

More bad news for our friends, the bats

More bad news for our friends, the bats

By Katrina Morris, Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources

Photo: Georgia DNR's Jackie Beck swabs a bat to check for Pd. — Photo courtesy Katrina Morris. The past year brought a lot of news about white-nose syndrome, and little of it good. The fungus that causes white-nose, Pseudogymnoascus destructans or Pd, is being found in more places, from the state of Washington to China. It's no surprise that ... READ MORE

Young wildlife does not need to be rescued

Young wildlife does not need to be rescued

By Georgia Department of Natural Resources

“Rescuing” an animal can sometimes cause more harm than good, even when done with the best of intentions. This is often the case when people come in contact with seemingly orphaned young wildlife. “In most instances, there is an adult animal a short distance away and just out of your sight. Adult animals, such as deer, spend ... READ MORE

Looking for citizen scientists to hunt bugs with a phone!

Looking for citizen scientists to hunt bugs with a phone!

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: You may have seen one of these bugs around your house. They can be a nuisance, not to mention they smell bad. These are brown marmorated stink bugs, an invasive species from China accidentally introduced to the United States in the late 1990s. You can tell them apart from native stink bugs by their black-and-white antennae and gray underside... READ MORE

Looking for a few black-footed ferrets

Looking for a few black-footed ferrets

By Buckmasters Online

A group of volunteers for the Arizona Game and Fish Department will soon be using spotlighting as a way to identify the number of endangered black-footed ferrets living in Aubrey Valley near Seligman. Two spring spotlighting projects are in the works. The first has been scheduled for late March, and the second for late April. Spotlighting involves ... READ MORE

When snowy owls appear in Michigan, biologists and researchers get busy

When snowy owls appear in Michigan, biologists and researchers get busy

By Buckmasters Online

From Saginaw Bay to Sault Ste. Marie to Kalamazoo, people across Michigan this winter have reported an influx of snowy owls far, far from their Arctic tundra home. These beautiful white birds, with piercing yellow eyes and nearly 5-foot wingspans, are North America's largest owls, averaging between 3.5 and 6.5 pounds in weight. Snowy owls are rapto... READ MORE

Misdirected desert cardinal relocates in Louisiana

Misdirected desert cardinal relocates in Louisiana

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: A pyrrhuloxia, commonly known as a desert cardinal, was observed and photographed by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Dan O’Malley. No one would confuse Jefferson Davis Parish in southwest Louisiana with the deserts of the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, but that didn’t matter to one desert cardina... READ MORE

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