Entries for October 2014
Crane or Heron?
By Brandon Howell
“That blasted crane is fishing in my pond again,” I heard my father say. I have corrected him many times, but he still refers to the great blue heron as some kind of crane. Many wildlife viewers do not realize that herons and cranes are different species of birds. Most pond owners just want the birds out of their ponds and off their pro... READ MORE
Spotlighting Arizona’s black-footed ferrets
By Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
During October, workers and volunteers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department will be looking for—and counting—an elusive nocturnal carnivore, the black-footed ferret. Because the ferret is almost strictly nocturnal, the means to document them, called spotlighting, will be done during evening hours. As part of the black-footed ferret... READ MORE
It’s a box turtle! Can I keep it?
By Chas Moore
Finding a slow moving turtle is wonderful discovery, and one of the most commonly found turtles in the United States is a box turtle. Most turtles are aquatic, living in rivers, streams, ponds, swamps and lakes, but like tortoises, box turtles live their entire lives on dry land. Occasionally, they soak in a mud puddle, but most often they’re... READ MORE
How to Survive a Venomous Snake Bite
By Justin Monk
In the Southeast, pit vipers include the diamondback rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, pygmy rattlesnake, copperhead and cottonmouth (water moccasin).
Snakes may be the most misunderstood wildlife, no matter what part of the country you call home. A high percentage of people are both fascinated by and fearful of snakes.
While not all snakes... READ MORE
Keep Wildlife Wild
By New Hampshire Fish & Game Dept.
With the arrival of spring, many species of wildlife are giving birth to their young. Finding young wildlife can be exciting, but in most cases, even if the animal appears abandoned, the mother is not far away.
If you encounter young wildlife – even if you think the young animal appears to need help – the kindest and safest thing to do... READ MORE
Iconic Harry Potter Owls
By Joanie Straub
In the magical realm of Harry Potter, book and movie fans often call his pet snowy owl Hedwig one of their favorites. Long before this beautiful owl cast a spell on the literary front, snowy owls have bewitched those who have seen them in person.
Now, many people in the United States have the opportunity to see this powerful white owl from the nor... READ MORE