Critter Tales

’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

The smallest falcon has its own superpower

The smallest falcon has its own superpower

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: The American Kestrel—a small, fierce raptor. The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America, but it was once misidentified as a sparrow hawk. Similar in size to a mourning dove, at nine inches in length, with a 22-inch wingspan, and weighing 4.1 ounces, this fierce little raptor has its own superpower—it can see ult... READ MORE

Migrating orioles love Southern hospitality (and grape jelly)

Migrating orioles love Southern hospitality (and grape jelly)

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: An adult male Baltimore oriole enjoys his favorite grape jelly snack at a feeder. During February 2017, for the third year in a row, South Carolina became known as the state most favored as a winter home by migrating Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore Orioles are neotropical migrants, normally wintering in South and Central America and migrating t... READ MORE

Time for a Tick Check

Time for a Tick Check

By Buckmasters Online

Bloodsucker. It’s a vampire, a science fiction film, a song title, a comic book character. Or it’s a tick. Ticks are uninvited, annoying and potentially health-risking creatures that land on you and your pets. They can carry a long list of tick-bite related diseases, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) or Southern ... READ MORE

Be aware—invasive species are everywhere

Be aware—invasive species are everywhere

By Buckmasters Online

Photo: Starlings have been in America since 1890, so long that we don’t realize they are an invasive species. The stories arrive from the East Coast or the West, from the Great Lakes states, or the arid lands of the Southwest and the humid areas in the South.  And what these stories have in common is one thing—America is being inva... READ MORE

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Copyright 2017 by Buckmasters, Ltd