Wildlife in Winter: Hibernation

Last week I wrote about migration as a strategy for surviving the colder temperatures and food shortages during the winter. However, a number of other animal species have instead evolved to use winter dormancy to make it through the winter. Hibernation is a type of winter dormancy typically employed by mammals. Other species such as […]

Wildlife in Winter: Migration

As we introduced last month, animal species have adapted a variety of techniques for surviving through the winter’s colder temperatures and decreased food availability. One of the more common strategies used by animals is migration. When you think about migration, you probably think first about birds, right? This isn’t surprising, given that the majority of […]

Wildlife in Winter

In just a couple of days it will be the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day each year with the shortest period of daylight. The Winter Solstice also marks the official start of winter. And when winter rolls around, plants and animals hunker down and wait for the warmer temperatures of spring. Right? […]

When Wildlife Take Monitoring Into Their Own Hands…er, Talons

Monitoring is an important part of every habitat enhancement project because it allows you to see the progress of your efforts to enhance habitat and attract wildlife, and this information can help you adapt your efforts to what is actually happening on site. For these reasons, monitoring is required for Wildlife at Work certification. But […]

5 Amazing Facts About Turkeys

Just in time for Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I’m here to bring you 5 amazing facts about the most iconic symbol of the holiday – turkeys! Turkeys are one of only 2 native North American species that have been domesticated. (The other species is the Muscovy duck.) Domestic turkeys can be distinguished from wild […]

Celebrate Bats for Halloween

Now that it’s October, it’s time to celebrate autumn and my favorite holiday, Halloween! And what animal is more iconic to Halloween than the bat? So of course, now would be a great time to celebrate these amazing creatures. Let’s get batty about bats! How about hosting a potluck with foods that benefit from bats? […]

Monarch Butterflies are in Decline

Many naturalists have found themselves asking an important and worrying question this year: where have all the monarch butterflies gone? Monarchs are one of the more well-known butterfly species, with their vibrant orange and black coloration. Unlike most butterflies, they are a migratory species, spending their winters in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and their summers […]

There are Wrens in My Bluebird Boxes!

My colleagues and I often hear concerns that wrens have “taken over” their bluebird nest boxes. House wrens are small, brown birds that are native to North America. They are migratory and are thus protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Wrens can sometimes cause problems for bluebirds because the males build “dummy nests” in […]

What’s All the Fuss About Native Plants?

When recommending planting projects for Wildlife at Work programs, we always stress the importance of using native plants in lieu of non-native ornamental species. But what’s all this “fuss” about native plants anyway? Let’s start with what a native plant is. A native plant species is indigenous to a particular geographic range. In North America, […]

Wildlife Habitat: Not Just for Corporate Landscapes

My parents are both big fans of having wildlife in their yard, especially songbirds, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Even the squirrels, which eat the suet they leave out for the birds, are a great source of amusement (as well as consternation). So over the last few years, I’ve had fun helping Mom and Dad to […]
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