Critter Tales

Crowded aquarium? Don’t dump it outside

Crowded aquarium? Don’t dump it outside

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: Biologists hope aquarium and ornamental pond owners will learn about the unpredictable results of releasing exotic species. It’s almost summer, time for a long vacation, and you want to clean up or empty the aquarium in the classroom or your home. Or, maybe the ornamental pond in your yard. But what will you do about those aquatic plan... READ MORE

Is that a snake, lizard or worm?

Is that a snake, lizard or worm?

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: This charming glass lizard has a unique way to escape enemies by shedding its tail. You’re on a hike in the woods when you glance down and stop moving. That’s a snake, right? However, a second look may have you wondering if it’s a snake or a lizard. Glass lizards are easily misidentified as snakes, and chances of finding o... READ MORE

Do not feed the bears. Period.

Do not feed the bears. Period.

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: Hungry bears eat whatever they can find, and in spring that’s often the seed in your birdfeeder. – Photo courtesy Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It’s spring and the bear warnings have started. If you live in areas frequently populated by black bears, you’ve heard good advice:  Take down your birdfeede... READ MORE

The UV light at the end of tunnel could be the answer to end WNS and save bats

The UV light at the end of tunnel could be the answer to end WNS and save bats

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: WNS is evident in this Northern long-eared bat, photographed in January 2013 in LaSalle County, Illinois. – Photo courtesy Steve Taylor, University of Illinois. The fungus behind white-nose syndrome, a disease that has ravaged bat populations in North America, may have an Achilles' heel: UV light. This good news comes from a team of s... READ MORE

’tis the season to count birds!

’tis the season to count birds!

By Buckmasters Online

When the first Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held Christmas Day more than a century ago—118 years ago, in fact— its founder may not have known the occasion would become a holiday tradition appealing to bird watchers for generations. That tradition has become, historically, the largest of ongoing citizen scientist projects. American or... READ MORE

Wild turkeys — true, original Americans

Wild turkeys — true, original Americans

By Buckmasters Online

Benjamin Franklin called the wild turkey “a true original native of America,” and a “bird of courage” because turkeys were known to attack red-coated British grenadiers during the Revolutionary War. Old Ben may have looked past the fact that a wild turkey has a usual negative reaction to the color red, male birds seeing it ... READ MORE

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