Stories by Scott Shalaway

Winter: Lost in a whiteout in the backyard

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hunters, hikers, birders, travelers, snowmobilers and skiers should beware sudden changes in winter weather.

Harsh winters provide good opportunity to view sea gulls

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sea gulls are not limited to sea shores.

Nesting season can be a busy time for builders

Thursday, February 12, 2015

It may be mid-winter, but the nesting season for birds is underway. Great horned owls and bald eagles are already incubating eggs. Smaller songbirds wait until spring to begin nesting. Those that use in cavities (and nest boxes) get a jump on nesting because cavities provide protection from cold temperatures, wind, rain, and snow. These […]

More than just the stars of Groundhog Day

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February 2 is about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is just in time

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place Feb. 13-16.

Bears might have the right idea to survive the winter

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Black bears have developed an admirable strategy: They gorge themselves in the fall, sleep through winter’s worst and give birth to cubs before emerging in the spring.

Bird-eating hawk doing what comes naturally

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Whenever I find a bunch of feathers in the yard, I’m confident a sharp-shinned or Cooper’s hawk has probably visited.

When two or more animal species gather in nature

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Many of us owe our interest in nature to books or films we experienced as children.

Making feeders selective without unwanted visitors

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

If you’re bothered by pigeons, crows, or starlings at your feeders, I have three solutions.

Dec. 21: The shortest day of the year on earth

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The first day of winter, Dec. 21, is defined by the year’s shortest day and longest night.

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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.