Critter Tales

How to Survive a Venomous Snake Bite

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

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

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

Endangered whooper spotted in Kansas

Endangered whooper spotted in Kansas

By Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

The first migrating whooping crane has been spotted in late October at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, near Stafford in central Kansas. Whooping cranes, an endangered species, are North America’s tallest bird, some reaching 5 feet in height when standing erect. A rare and fantastic sight, this whooping crane is part of the only sustai... READ MORE

What is Alabama’s the rarest animal?

What is Alabama’s the rarest animal?

By M. Keith Hudson

Occasionally, wildlife biologists are asked, “What is the rarest animal in your state?” It might be interesting to consider candidates for Alabama’s rarest, most scarce or novel critter. Let’s identify candidates to eliminate. First, we’ll ignore elusive creatures that exist only as legend or as anecdotal evidence. Bla... READ MORE

Welcome back, Wood Storks!

Welcome back, Wood Storks!

By Carrie B. Johnson

While driving near her Alabama home last fall, wildlife biologist Carrie B. Johnson saw a flock of large black and white birds flying over the interstate. At first glance, she thought she was looking at egrets, a common wading bird found throughout the state, but soon realized these were federally endangered wood storks. It was a rare but exciting... READ MORE

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