Critter Tales

Wildcat cousin confusions

Wildcat cousin confusions

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: The bobcat is the most common wildcat in North America, but it’s easily misidentified as its cousin, the lynx. – Photo courtesy Natalie Tsang. Earlier this year a student researcher in British Columbia made an interesting discovery. He was mapping locations of bobcats and lynx using photos from trail cams, phones and cameras, and... READ MORE

See tegu, fear tegu, call DNR

See tegu, fear tegu, call DNR

By Buckmasters Online

It’s big. Not gigantic, but big. About 4 1/2-feet long, if it’s an adult. It’s invasive. And that’s the really scary part. Some people keep them as pets. But when they escape or grow so large that the pet owner can’t handle it, sometimes the pet owner (foolishly) releases it into the wild. Or, it may have grown so larg... READ MORE

Yes, that’s right, bumble bees hibernate

Yes, that’s right, bumble bees hibernate

By Buckmasters Online

Fall has arrived and it’s time for bumble bees, bears, groundhogs and bats to hibernate. Huh? Bumble bees hibernate? Yes, they do! America’s native bee, the humble bumble bee—that large, buzzy, furry pollinator, mostly black with yellow, white or orange stripes—takes a long winter nap every winter. Although bumble bees may s... READ MORE

Can you imagine 300 million Monarchs?

Can you imagine 300 million Monarchs?

By Buckmasters Online

Help track them July 27-August 4 If you live east of the Rocky Mountains, there’s a spectacular show coming this way as millions of Monarch butterflies begin migrating south through Texas on the way to their winter home in central Mexico. Hey, that happens every year, right? Yes, but not like it will this year. That’s because researcher... READ MORE

Turtles—Give ‘em a brake

Turtles—Give ‘em a brake

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: If you help a turtle to cross a road, assist its journey by always moving it in the same direction it was heading. It’s spring and turtles are on the move—slowly. Very slowly. From Massachusetts to Mississippi and across eastern, Midwestern and western states from May through July, turtles are active, seeking mates and nesting gr... READ MORE

Resist the rescue! The wildlife babies are fine.

Resist the rescue! The wildlife babies are fine.

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: The best way to deal with the baby animal you believe is an orphan is to leave it alone. It’s as predictable as the arrival of spring. You’ve found a baby bird or perhaps a fawn or, maybe, a clutch of very young rabbits. You worry because the baby or babies are all alone. You look around and there’s no sign of where the ad... READ MORE

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