Tag Archives: Nature

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 »

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 »

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 »

Invasion of the Habitat Snatchers

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Non-native or invasive species are finding their way into ecosystems all around the world.  Regardless if they are being purposefully introduced by biologists to predate on a more destructive non-native or to enhance a biological area, or if they are being released by irresponsible pet owners, non-natives threaten native species.  More importantly, invasive species not only pose a risk to… Read more »

Sharing Space With Wildlife

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One of the first things we are taught as children is to be mindful of traffic.  We know all too well the consequences of running across a busy street; doing so with blatant disregard would be considered suicide.  Therefore, it is well established that roadways are the automobiles area, and we respect that.  So why don’t we give the same… Read more »

Peace and Place For All

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When I first began working in the field of wildlife conservation I was very naïve.  It was so easy to come up with solutions to habitat loss and species survival when humans were not factored into the equation.  It was so very simple to point an accusatory finger.  Part of the learning curve in this line of work is to… Read more »

Habitat Preservation and the Discovery of New Species

It is hard to believe that in a world where the human population now exceeds 7 billion, that there are still unexplored wild areas, and new plant and animal species being discovered.  I think it is easy to understand the importance of preserving oceans, jungles, rainforests, grasslands, and deserts (yes, even deserts) for the known species that inhabit them, but… Read more »

Crikey! It’s Steve Irwin Day!

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This Tuesday, 15 November, is the annually celebration of the life of Steve Irwin.  Like him or not, you cannot deny that this man brought the plight of wildlife conservation into more than 150 million living rooms around the world.  Carrying on that tradition, the aptly named Steve Irwin Day continues Steve’s mission to fight for wildlife conservation and habitat… Read more »

Wild, Wonderful World of Fungus

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It never ceases to amaze me just what one can find in the natural world when they look beyond what it is they intended to find; to widen the gaze and focus on a much bigger picture.  A recent trip to locate Timber rattlesnakes for our population and reproductive assessment survey reminded me of that very thing.  It was what… Read more »