Critter Tales

Give me a home, where the buffalo roam

Give me a home, where the buffalo roam

By Buckmasters Online

“Home on the Range,” a favorite song of school children and lovers of wide open spaces, is a bit inaccurate when it comes to one proper, scientific name.  There aren’t any buffalo on the range, but there are American bison. Explorers, French fur trappers and settlers first named these enormous creatures. They used a word in s... READ MORE

If you care about food, respect the humble bat

If you care about food, respect the humble bat

By David Rainer

Photo: Gray bats exit one of thousands of caves in Alabama to forage for insects during the night. – Photo Courtesy Steve Davis/ADNCR One of the most maligned species in the animal kingdom is under scrutiny in Alabama, for good reason. Nick Sharp, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division’s nongame biologist, puts the situation in per... READ MORE

Banding elusive Saw-whet Owls

Banding elusive Saw-whet Owls

By Buckmasters Online

Some visitors to Indiana Dunes State Park will be burning the midnight oil in mid October when they come to observe the popular Saw-whet Owl banding project, now in its seventh year. The banding project monitors long-term changes in Saw-whet owl populations as found along Lake Michigan’s southern shore, by counting owls and studying the bird... READ MORE

Eastern hellbenders new video stars

Eastern hellbenders new video stars

By Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Eastern hellbenders, slippery cold water salamanders that can grow more than 2 feet long, are one of the best known, yet least seen amphibians. That’s why it’s so unusual that a few of them have become new video stars. The videos became available following a Georgia Department of Natural Resources hellbender survey which canvassed a G... READ MORE

Wood stork colonies continue to grow

Wood stork colonies continue to grow

By Buckmasters Online

Once nearly gone from the swamps in the Southeast, the wood stork has been making a comeback as wetlands are preserved and managed. In Georgia, biologists surveying nesting colonies have seen a drop from the record-setting 2,932 nests documented in 2014, but an increase over the previous two years. Wildlife biologist Tim Keyes, wood stork survey le... READ MORE

The hidden life of a new fawn

The hidden life of a new fawn

By Buckmasters Online

Recently, Young Bucks readers were advised to NOT rescue new born wildlife they encounter in the woods. You may think you’re saving a fawn, but you don’t realize there’s an adult nearby, and what you’re actually doing is harmful. Here, wildlife biologist Steve Bryant with Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries... READ MORE

Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd.

Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd