Critter Tales

When saving bats is as simple (and complicated) as fixing a bridge

When saving bats is as simple (and complicated) as fixing a bridge

By Georgia Department of Natural Resources

A busy northwest Georgia bridge and the massive colony of bats that call it home are both better off thanks to recent work that preserved the structure and its wildlife. The Interstate 75 bridge near Calhoun averages 72,000 vehicles a day. Yet it doubles as the largest known bridge-roost for bats in the state, according to Katrina Morris, senior wi... READ MORE

How’s your Spidey sense?

How’s your Spidey sense?

By Buckmasters Online

Is your spidey sense all atingle this fall? Is that because when you walked out the door this morning, you ran into a spider web, face first? Is there an enormous web stretching across your yard? Doorway? Porch? Or, from the nearest tree to the corner of a barn? A garage? Or the sandbox? It’s not Spiderman. It’s the return of the orb we... READ MORE

Catching a blue streak before it changes continents

Catching a blue streak before it changes continents

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: Cerulean Warbler outfitted with light-level geolocator unit. Photo by Lesley Bulluck, courtesy Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Blue streaks—visual images akin to electric spears of lightning, quick flashes of brilliant blue against an early fall sky—are puzzles that disappear as quickly as they arrive. One those... READ MORE

Ssssnake advice? Just leave them alone

Ssssnake advice? Just leave them alone

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: This heavy-bodied, semiaquatic nonvenomous snake is often confused with the venomous western cottonmouth and needlessly killed. Admire it from a distance and you’ll both be happier. It’s summer and snakes are on the move. If you shudder when you see one slither, you’re not alone. But there is a simple way to slow that rapid... READ MORE

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

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