animals

National Bat Week 2014

My colleagues and friends are all pretty familiar with my fondness for bats. With their fuzzy backs and twitchy little ears – not to mention their penchant for eating the mosquitos that eat me alive every summer- what’s not to love? I’ve even written about them several times already for the Wildlife Blog, such as […]

Providing Homes for Burrowing Owls

WHC member Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. recently partnered up with WHC’s Tucson office and the Arizona-based raptor rescue organization Wild at Heart to construct artificial burrows for rescued burrowing owls at Freeport’s Safford Operations facility. Freeport produced a video about this project and gave us permission to share it. You can watch the video […]

Partnerships and Technology: Keys to Success for Warm Springs Ponds Program

I recently participated in one of the monthly team meetings for the BP Warm Springs Ponds program. As the Director of Field Programs, I no longer get a chance to regularly interact with site-level teams and dive into the nuts and bolts of maintaining a program. Needless to say, I miss it. So you can […]

Small Refinery, Big Impact on Learning

The ExxonMobil Billings Refinery in Billings, Montana, may be the smallest ExxonMobil refinery in the world, but its wildlife habitat area is making a big impact on students at a local college. While meeting with representatives from ExxonMobil and their partners from Rocky Mountain College during a recent site visit, I was excited to hear […]

10 Native Vines to Attract Butterflies in North America

Native vines are an important but often overlooked component of butterfly habitat. Many vines serve as larval host plants (food sources) for caterpillars. They provide cover for butterflies and caterpillars, and the flowers provide nectar for butterflies (and many other pollinators, including hummingbirds). Most native vines also have attractive foliage and colorful flowers that would […]

The Night I Saw an Eastern Tiger Salamander

Way back in college I took a Herpetology class, which included four outdoor field trips. One of my fondest memories from that class is our nighttime field trip to a large vernal pool in a nearby forest. There was, of course, an abundance of spring peepers and other tree frogs, complete with the cacophony of […]

Bringing Nature to the Human Workplace

The board of the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) recently met at the 79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Denver that brought together nearly 900 conservation professionals from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations from across North America. By embedding our board meeting in the conference, we were able to build new […]

Connecting to Enhance WHC Certification

In early February, the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) convened an impressive group of stakeholders to kick-start the design phase of an enhanced certification program that, when launched, will incorporate contemporary conservation and education initiatives to ensure and incentivize the best conservation projects and education programs across WHC’s membership. This meeting was attended by representatives from […]

Wildlife in Winter: Now You See Me…

It just snowed (again) out here on the East Coast, so it seems only fitting that I wrap up our “Wildlife in Winter” blog series by talking about how some animals camouflage themselves in the winter to blend in with snow. In the warm months, species like the snowshoe hare sport a brown fur coat […]

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 […]
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