Merganser vs Herring Gull

Not with my ducklings, you don’t!   There are no good guys, and there are no bad guys in the world of nature, but there are moments of confusing, rapid-fire drama when species interact. Sometimes those moments occur so rapidly the encounter is best captured by a...

GRAY SQUIRRELS’ Superpower Exposed!

An unexpected encounter back in April while inspecting my screech owl nesting box served as a reminder that assumptions of any kind may be wrong, especially when it comes to less than attentive observations of nature’s way. I had assumed the nest box to be empty since...

False prophets of spring

Groundhog Day, the day we saluted that false prophet of spring’s approach, has passed. At this very moment, unless there is a sudden heatwave, most Michigan groundhogs are still in their burrows. During hibernation, their heartbeat slowed from 80 beats per minute to 5...

Toxic Swampland Demon!

With the crisp days of autumn here, I increase my explorations of the wondrous world of our wetlands, swamps, and marshlands. But this year, as in years before, I will be watchful for, and ever wary of the scarlet demon of our wetlands, a toxic tree-like shrub that...

Strange Hibernation Strategies!

Most hibernation is understood – but not all We all know the story of Punxsutawney Phil, that rather rotund groundhog (aka woodchuck) that hogs the media stage on Feb. 2, as breathless crowds await his false forecast of the weather as he shares shadowy “breaking...