Stories by Scott Shalaway

Make the birds an all-season peanut butter treat

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With cold weather upon us, here’s a recipe for the birds.

Dreaming of new binoculars

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Remember that binoculars are also an essential tool for hunters, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. And I never go to a musical, play, concert, or sporting event without my bins, so this advice is good for anyone who uses binoculars.

Make a list: Gift suggestions for nature lovers

Thursday, December 4, 2014

As the holidays approach, it’s time to think about gifts for nature lovers on your list.

Who really benefits from domestic deer farms?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

When hunters see a deer, they envision a big buck.

Hey, birders: It’s time for Project Feeder Watch

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s citizen science program sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology, has begun a new season, and new volunteers are always welcome.

Hey, birders: It’s time for Project Feeder Watch

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Project FeederWatch, Cornell University’s citizen science program sponsored by the Lab of Ornithology, has begun a new season, and new volunteers are always welcome.

How to ID common feeder birds

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Identifying common backyard birds is relatively simple by using a step-by-step procedure.

Turkey’s eyes are key to staying alive in wilderness

Thursday, November 6, 2014

It should surprise no experienced hunter or birder that wild turkeys have incredible eyesight.

Mast of all kinds is a critical wildlife food

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last week a caller to my radio show asked that I explain the word “mast.” “I’ve often heard you use the term, but I’m not sure exactly what it means,” she said. It’s a great question, especially at this time of year.

Chickadees find ways to cope with cold weather

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A frequent question among readers in the aftermath of last winter’s deep freeze was, “How do birds survive overnight low temperatures that plunge below zero degrees Fahrenheit?”

What to put in your bird feeders this coming winter

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Feeding backyard birds can be as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it.

Helping endangered wildlife species one stamp at a time

Thursday, October 9, 2014

With the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon fresh on our minds, I’m pleased to report an easy and inexpensive way that everyone can help prevent future extinctions of wildlife by simply mailing a letter.

Still no upside to feeding deer

Thursday, October 2, 2014

While well-intentioned, feeding deer corn is still not advisable.

Concept of conservation: Oaks and Acorns

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The concept of conservation, using resources sustainably over time, is relatively new.

Are monarch butterflies on the rebound?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Some promising sings for monarchs.

Winter kills wildlife, or does it survive the cold?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last winter many readers wrote to ask how wildlife could survive the frigid polar vortices.

Passenger pigeons are gone, for better and for worse

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Passenger pigeons are an example why we should never underestimate extinction.

Preservation: The Wilderness Act of 1964 marks 50 years

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964.

The basic science of Harmful Algal Blooms

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A little phosphorus makes Lake Erie the “Walleye Capital of the World,” but too much phosphorus can lead to harmful algal blooms.

Insects: Spittlebugs, galls, and evening singers

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Insects thrive during the warmth of summer, and many are conspicuous and familiar.

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About Scott

Scott Shalaway, who holds a Ph.D. in wildlife ecology from Michigan State University, writes from his home in rural West Virginia. A former faculty member at Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma Biological Station, he has been writing a weekly nature column for newspapers and freelancing for magazines since 1986. Send questions and comments to scottshalaway@gmail.com. You can also visit his Web site, http://scottshalaway.googlepages.com.