Category Archives: Nature

Dispelling Wildlife Myths- Halloween Edition

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With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it the perfect time to address some common misunderstandings about wildlife.  We have all heard them.  Whether they are called myths or Old Wives Tales most false accusations conjure up fear that sometimes result in the persecution and death of many innocent species. How many times have you heard someone say that… Read more »

The Future of Our Oceans and Beaches

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Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to travel across the southern gulf coast of the United States.  The anticipation of visiting new shorelines and wildlife inhabiting these areas was almost too much.  However, what we actually found was dismal and sad.  It appears that humans have left their mark on the beaches in the form of refuse.  Plastic… Read more »

Timber Rattlesnake Survey

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This year, 2012, has been an exciting time for the Timber rattlesnake population and reproductive assessment survey research. The driving force behind this project was to better understand how human presence in the north eastern part of their range has affected overall rattlesnake numbers and breeding success compared to previous data. In addition, we wanted to learn more about Timber… Read more »

Can Hunting be an Effective Conservation Tool?

Throughout the world hunting has been used as a way to harvest animals for human consumption.  In more cases then not, hunting has been managed sustainably to ensure long term availability of protein.  In order to have healthy wildlife populations, a balanced ecosystem has to be maintained and preserved.  Recently much attention has been given to hunting as a possible… Read more »

The Fine Line Between Rescuing and Kidnapping Wild Baby Animals

It is baby time in the wildlife world!  From white-tailed deer fawns to fledgling sparrows, babies seem to be popping up everywhere.  And with all this activity inevitably comes human-wildlife interaction.  Although accidents happen, i.e., collisions with cars, feral animal attack, etc., that leave wildlife young orphaned, sometimes alone doesn’t really mean alone.  It is very common that wildlife parents… Read more »

Bee Aware

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Spring has long since sprung in the northern hemisphere and summer has unofficially begun.  Insect activity is in full swing as the race to pollinate is full on.  Until recently I did not know very much about one particular pollinator, the honey bee.  A chance encounter from a hive on the move was all it took to develop a deeper… Read more »

Animal Extinctions: What Can We Learn From Past Mistakes

Across the globe animal species are going extinct.  From such contributing factors such as disease, persecution, poaching, displacement, and habitat destruction, we are losing some of our most amazing creatures at an alarming rate.  Unfortunately, species extinctions are nothing new.  But can we learn from past mistakes to ensure more magnificent animals do not do the way of the dodo?… Read more »

Making Everyday Earth Day

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Happy Earth Day!  Initiated in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event encouraging people around the world to make their lives a little more greener.  By doing so, people conserve resources and help ensure that what we have today will be here tomorrow.  With hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas that can help to reduce our footprint, what will you… Read more »

The Importance of Citizen Scientists

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As science itself evolves, a new way of conducting research is emerging.  Although a newly coined phrase, Citizen Scientists have been around for a very long time, lending a helping hand to researchers around the globe.  Although these individuals may lack a formal education, what they do not lack is passion and enthusiasm.  Participation of Citizen Scientists essential allows scientists… Read more »